AES E-Library

AES E-Library

Measurements and Perception of Nonlinear Distortion—Comparing Numbers and Sound Quality

Document Thumbnail

The discrepancy between traditional measures of nonlinear distortion and its perception is commonly recognized. THD, two-tone and multitone intermodulation and coherence function provide certain objective information about nonlinear properties of a DUT but they do not use any psychoacoustical principles responsible for distortion perception. Two approaches to building psychoacoustically-relevant measurement methods are discussed; one is based on simulation of the hearing system.s response similar to the methods used for assessment of codec.s sound quality. The other approach is based on several ideas such as distinguishing .low-level. versus .high-level. nonlinearities, low-order versus high-order nonlinearities, and spectral content of distortion signals that occur below the spectrum of an undistorted signal versus one that overlaps the signal.s spectrum or occurs above it. Several auralization examples substantiating this approach are demonstrated.

AES Convention: Paper Number:
Publication Date:

Click to purchase paper as a non-member or login as an AES member. If your company or school subscribes to the E-Library then switch to the institutional version. If you are not an AES member and would like to subscribe to the E-Library then Join the AES!

This paper costs $33 for non-members and is free for AES members and E-Library subscribers.

Learn more about the AES E-Library

E-Library Location:

Start a discussion about this paper!

AES - Audio Engineering Society