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Ecological Validity of Stereo UHJ Soundscape Reproduction

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This paper contains the results of a study making use of a set of B-format soundscape recordings, presented in stereo UHJ format as part of an online listening test, in order to investigate the ecological validity of such a method of soundscape reproduction. Test participants were presented with a set of soundscapes and asked to rate them using the Self-Assessment Manikin (SAM), and these results were then compared with those from a previous study making use of the same soundscape recordings presented in a surround-sound listening environment (a method previously shown to be ecologically valid). Results show statistically significant correlation between the SAM results for both listening conditions, indicating that the use of stereo UHJ format is valid for soundscape reproduction.

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