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Headphones Technology for Surround Sound Monitoring — A Virtual 5.1 Listening Room

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This poster presents a headphones technology for professional surround monitoring with virtual 5.1 reproduction. Using perceptually motivated binaural signal processing and ultra sonic head tracking, this system enables the simulation of a loudspeaker set-up with correct localisation and room impression. As a professional recording and mixing tool it provides the advantages of a portable headphones solution but avoids the known drawbacks such as inside-head localisation, limited room perception and turning of the sonic image with the listener’s head. The combination of three technologies – binaural reproduction, room simulation and head tracking – enables the reproduction of a virtual reference listening room with clear localisation and distance perception for applications in studios, recording trucks and mobile recording set-ups.

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