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Investigating Room-Induced Influences on Immersive Experience Part II: Effects Associated with Listener Groups and Musical Excerpts

The authors previously compared four distinct multichannel playback rooms and showed that perceived spatial attributes of program material (width, depth, and envelopment) were similar across all four rooms when reproduced through a 22-channel loudspeaker array. The present study further investigated perceived auditory immersion from two additional variables: listener group and musical style. We found a three-way interaction of variables, MUSIC x (playback) ROOM x GROUP for 22-channel reproduced music. The interaction between musical material and playback room acoustics differentiates perceived auditory immersion across listener groups. However, in the 2-channel reproductions, the room and music interaction is prominent enough to flatten inter-group differences. The 22-channel reproduced sound fields may have shaped idiosyncratic cognitive bases for each listener group.

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