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Beyond 'basic audio quality': Characterizing the perceptual effects introduced by low bit rate spatial audio codecs.

Marins, Paulo. (2009) Beyond 'basic audio quality': Characterizing the perceptual effects introduced by low bit rate spatial audio codecs. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

The main aim of this thesis was to characterize the perceptual effects introduced by low bit rate spatial audio codecs. The existing methodologies used to evaluate spatial audio codecs were reviewed and the most important studies conducted to assess the perceived quality of spatial audio coding systems were compared. It was found that spatial audio codecs have been evaluated according to ITU-R standards BS.1116 and BS.1534. These tests evaluate the performance of audio codecs using one perceptual attribute - basic audio quality (BAQ). This approach, although effective in terms of the assessment of the overall performance of codecs, does not quantify the contribution of typical codec distortions to the perceived BAQ of the codecs or allow for the identification of independent perceptual attributes that describe the artefacts introduced by spatial audio coding systems. A series of experiments was carried out aiming to characterize the perceptual effects introduced by low bit rate spatial audio codecs. Two initial studies were conducted with the intention of investigating the contribution of selected attributes to the BAQ of low bit rate spatial codecs. Furthermore, another two experiments were performed in order to identify the perceptually salient dimensions or the independent perceptual attributes related to the artefacts introduced by low bit rate spatial audio coding systems. It was found that impairments related to timbral features of the sound are the ones that affect the most the perceived basic audio quality of the codecs. Additionally, two perceptually salient dimensions were identified and labelled as timbral and spatial. Moreover, four independent perceptual attributes (coding and high frequency noise, spatial image clarity, scene width and tone colour) were uncovered providing a description of the perceptual effects introduced by low bit rate spatial audio codecs.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
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Marins, Paulo.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2009
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Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2017 12:18
Last Modified : 09 Nov 2017 14:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/844634

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