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Sound-Quality Evaluation – A Multi-Layered Problem

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It is the purpose of this paper to provide an introduction to the subsequent articles originating from the eaa tutorium on "aurally-adequate sound-quality evaluation" which was held in Antwerp in March 1996. After a short recollection of the development of the concept of sound quality, a modern definition of product-sound quality is proposed and discussed. A system-oriented approach toward sound-quality evaluation is then introduced – with the aim of making sound-quality engineers aware of the various components and processes being involved in the formation of sound quality. Awareness of these components and processes is deemed to be a necessary foundation of proper sound-quality evaluation. The paper concludes with a discussion of practical consequences and offers some comments on the concept of typicalness in product-sound quality.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1997

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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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