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The relationship between basic audio quality and overall listening experience

: Schoeffler, Michael; Herre, Jürgen


Journal of the Acoustical Society of America : JASA 140 (2016), No.3, pp.2101-2112
ISSN: 0001-4966
ISSN: 1520-8524
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IIS ()

Basic audio quality (BAQ) is a well-known perceptual attribute, which is rated in various listening test methods to measure the performance of audio systems. Unfortunately, when it comes to purchasing audio systems, BAQ might not have a significant influence on the customers' buying decisions since other factors, like brand loyalty, might be more important. In contrast to BAQ, overall listening experience (OLE) is an affective attribute which incorporates all aspects that are important to an individual assessor, including his or her preference for music genre and audio quality. In this work, the relationship between BAQ and OLE is investigated in more detail. To this end, an experiment was carried out, in which participants rated the BAQ and the OLE of music excerpts with different timbral and spatial degradations. In a between-group-design procedure, participants were assigned into two groups, in each of which a different set of stimuli was rated.