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Alternative Encoding Techniques for Digital Loudspeaker Arrays

Recent developments in Digital Loudspeakers have resulted in the introduction of Digital Transducer Arrays (DTA). In most implementations, DTA loudspeakers are driven by PCM encoded audio signals, usually resampled and requantised to an appropriate number of bits, in accordance to the number of the transducers constituting the DTA topology. However, given that DTAs generally increase harmonic distortion, especially for off-axis listening positions, optimization in signal encoding and bit-to-transducer assignment, is necessary. Here, a number of novel, alternative strategies are examined, concerning the input signal encoding via PCM-to-PWM conversion, as well as techniques for bit-assignment on the transducers of a DTA. These tests are supported by simulation results and comparisons between these alternative methods, for different operating parameters.

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