AES New York 2013
Workshop W23

Sunday, October 20, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Room 1E12)

W23 - Classic Speech Intelligibility at the Royal Danish Theatre

Jan Voetmann, Voetmann-Akustik - Frederiksberg C, Denmark; Danish Sound Innovation Network
Eddy B. Brixen, EBB-consult/DPA Microphones - Smorum, Denmark
Karsten Wolstad, Royal Danish Theatre Dramahouse; Danish National School of Performing Arts

Speech intelligibility tests are crucial for evaluating the acoustic quality of performing theaters, cinemas, and auditoriums. But also for PA systems in churches, railway stations, etc. The new grand auditorium of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen has shown some interesting differences in the subjective perceived speech quality at different seats. In order to analyze the situation a “classical” speech intelligibility test, reading nonsense words buried in standard sentences, was conducted alongside objective STI measurements.

The workshop will present the result of this unique and rare test situation, and discussions with the audience will hopefully lead to important improvements before the final project is launched.

This research project is supported by the Danish Sound Innovation
Network ("Danish Sound"). Danish Sound's primary services are innovation projects, matchmaking, networking, knowledge dissemination and globalization activities.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement

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