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Psychoacoustic Decoders for Multispeaker Stereo and Surround Sound

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This paper overviews a new generation of multispeaker directional sound reproduction technology, based on maximizing the number of sound localization cues heard by a listener that are consistent with one another. The paper describes methods for optimizing the presentation of conventional and 3-channel stereo via three to five front-stage speakers, and new -ambisonic- decoders giving enhanced frontal-stage image stability for five- and six-speaker surround sound. Applications are discussed, including those for HDTV sound.

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