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Interaural Time Difference Prediction Using Anthropometric Interaural Distance

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This paper studies the feasibility of predicting the interaural time difference (ITD) in azimuth and elevation once the personal anthropometric interaural distance is known, proposing an enhancement for spherical head ITD models to increase their accuracy. The method and enhancement are developed using data in a Head-Related Impulse Response (HRIR) data set comprising photogrammetrically obtained personal 3D geometries for 170 persons and then evaluated using three acoustically measured HRIR data sets containing 119 persons in total. The directions include 360° in azimuth and –15° to 60° in elevation. The prediction error for each data set is described, the proportion of persons under a given error in all studied directions is shown, and the directions in which large errors occur are analyzed. The enhanced spherical head model can predict the ITD such that the first and 99th percentile levels of the ITD prediction error for all persons and in all directions remains below 122 µs. The anthropometric interaural distance could potentially be measured directly on a person, enabling personalized ITD without measuring the HRIR. The enhanced model can personalize ITD in binaural rendering for headphone reproduction in games and immersive audio applications.

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JAES Volume 70 Issue 10 pp. 843-857; October 2022
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