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Estimation of Differences Between Successive Sounds

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The estimation of differences between subsequently presented test-sounds was investigated experimentally using paired comparisons. Experiments with sinusoidal tones, low-pass filtered tones, low-pass and high-pass filtered noise show that intervals of different sound parameters, e.g. frequency and sound-pressure level of sinusoidal tones, are estimated to be equivalent if they comprise equal numbers of jnd's. Hence the subjective distance between two sounds is proposed to be specified by the corresponding number of jnd's. Subjective distances resulting from simultaneous differences with regard to several sound parameters can be described by equivalent intervals of a single parameter. Further experiments show that the subjective distance is related to its components by quadratic summation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1977

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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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