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Central Indiana - March 19, 2013

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This talk summarized some of Harman's recent scientific research related to the perception and measurement of sound quality of audio systems including loudspeakers, room correction systems, and more recently, headphones. A common theme throughout the past 25+ years of research is that when listeners are given the opportunity to compare a variety of different audio systems under controlled listening conditions, they tend to prefer the most accurate, neutral options. Furthermore, listeners' preference ratings can be accurately predicted based on a set of acoustical measurements of the system. The discussion also explores some of the controversies and myths related to whether sound quality preferences are influenced by age, culture and critical listening experience.

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