AES Los Angeles 2014
Tutorial T21

Sunday, October 12, 10:15 am — 11:45 am (Room 409 AB)


T21 - Listening Tests—Understanding the Basic Concepts

Jan Berg, Luleå University of Technology - Piteå, Sweden

Listening tests and other forms of data collection methods that rely on human responses are important tools for audio professionals, as these methods assist our understanding of audio quality. There are numerous examples of tests, either formally recommended and widely used, or specially devised for a single occasion. In order to understand listening tests and related methods, and also to potentially design and fully benefit from their results, some basic knowledge is required. This tutorial aims to address audio professionals without prior knowledge of listening test design and evaluation. The fundamentals of what to ask for, how to do it, whom to engage as listeners, what sort of results that may be expected and similar issues will be covered, preferable in co-operation with the audience. The goal is to create an understanding of the basic concepts used in experimental design, in order to enable audio professionals to appreciate the feasibility of listening tests.

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