Height channels are used to enhance immersiveness and presence of reproduced music. This comparative study focused on possible impact of height-loudspeaker positions, coupled with room acoustics of a listening room, on listener’s hedonic responses. Moreover, the study aimed to discover a physical parameter that covaries with the responses. The results show that the position of height-loudspeakers is a significant factor that differentiated listeners’ hedonic responses. To determine the physical parameter affecting listener responses, the authors measured and simulated loudspeaker-to-listener transfer functions. The results show that hedonic responses associated with the height loudspeaker positions were correlated with the ratio between frontal and overhead acoustic energy.
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