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A Simple Evaluating Method of a Reproduced Sound Field by a Measurement of Sound Intensities Using Virtual Source Visualizer

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Recently, many kinds of technologies for restoring/reproducing 3D sound fields are proposed. However, it is little opportunity to compare these acoustic performances under a common condition. Though a subjective evaluation is one of the most effective methods for evaluating reproduced sound fields, it requires careful effort. Therefore, the authors propose an alternative method which requires only a physical measurement of sound intensities. Because the method is based on the intensity analysis, “sound images” are assumed to be “amplitude-based phantom sound sources” here. In order to verify effectiveness of the method, various types of reproduced fields were measured and analyzed. As a result, it is ascertained that the method can evaluate proper features of reproduced sound fields, regardless of their restoring techniques.

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