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Modification of HRTF Filters to Reduce Timbral Effects in Binaural Synthesis, Part 2: Individual HRTFs

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In the first part of this study, a method for designing modified head-related transfer function (HRTF) filters with reduced timbral effects was proposed. Spectral localization cues were effectively scaled down while preserving the interaural time and level differences. For non-individualized HRTFs, the modifications were found to produce no statistically significant changes in localization. This paper continues the investigation using individual HRTFs. It is shown that in this case the reduction in timbral effects comes at a slight listener-dependent cost in localization performance. The filter design thus enables trading off more neutral timbre against more accurate localization.

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