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Subjective Perception of Seat Dip Attenuation

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An investigation has been conducted into the subjective perception of the seat dip effect (a low-frequency attenuation affecting sound travelling at grazing incidence over seating). In a realistic simulation of a concert hall sound field, the threshold of perception was a change of −3.8 ± 0.2 dB in the 200 Hz octave band early energy, from 0 to 80 ms. The threshold was not greatly affected by the presence of reverberation. The size of the threshold means that low-frequency values of monaural early-energy parameters like C80 are relatively unimportant. On examining measurements made in a rectangular concert hall, it was shown that the seat dip effect is audible at some scats, and that a combination of design methods would be needed to render it inaudible in most cases.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1996

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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