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Listener Loudspeaker Preference Ratings Obtained In Situ Match those Obtained Via a Binaural Room Scanning Measurement and Playback System

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Binaural room scanning (BRS) is a method of capturing, storing, and reproducing via a head-tracking headphone display system the binaural room impulse response of one or more loudspeakers in a listening room. This paper reports the results of the first test in a series of validation tests of a custom BRS system that was developed for research and evaluation of different loudspeakers and different listening spaces. The test examined whether listeners’ loudspeaker preference ratings made in a listening room with reflective walls (in situ) were comparable to ratings made in response to BRS reproductions of those loudspeakers located in the same room. Virtually the same results were obtained in these two cases.

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