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Predicting Perceived Off-Center Sound Degradation in Surround Loudspeaker Setups for Various Multichannel Microphone Techniques

Multiple listening tests were conducted to examine the influence of microphone techniques on the quality of sound reproduction. Generally, testing focuses on the central listening position (CLP), and neglects off-center listening positions. Exploratory tests focusing on the degradation in sound quality at off-center listening positions were presented at the 123rd AES Convention. Results showed that the recording technique does influence the degree of sound degradation at off-center positions. This paper focuses on the analysis of the binaural re-recording at the different listening positions in order to interpret the results of the previous listening tests. Multiple linear regression is used to create a predictive model which accounts for 85% of the variance in the behavioral data. The primary successful predictors were spectral and the secondary predictors were spatial in nature.

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