AES Rome 2013
Workshop W8

Monday, May 6, 14:30 — 17:30 (Sala Foscolo)

W8 - Current Reference Listening Room Standards: Are They Meaningful

Todd Welti, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA
Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA
Francis Rumsey, Logophon Ltd - Oxfordshire, UK
Andreas Silzle, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS - Erlangen, Germany
Thomas Sporer, Fraunhofer IDMT - Ilmenau, Germany

The ITU BS.1116 standard “Methods for the Subjective Assessment of Small Impairments in Audio Systems … ” contains guidelines for standard listening environments used for assessing subjective quality of audio systems. This includes factors like dynamics and frequency/directivity response for loudspeakers, physical, and acoustical properties of the room. This standardized playback environment should be consistent and representative of high quality systems, yet representative of systems that actually exist. This workshop takes a fresh look at the ITU BS.1116 standard and how it could be improved. In fact some changes that in theory might improve the specification might not actually be practical. Many aspects of the discussion would be relevant to reference listening room standards other then the BS.1116 standard, thus the more general workshop title.

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