Room-related Sound Representation using Loudspeakers

Article in Edited Volumes
(Book chapter)

Publication Details

Author(s): Blauert J, Rabenstein R
Editor(s): Ning Xiang
Title edited volumes: Architectural Acoustics Handbook
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
Publishing place: Plantation, FL 33324, USA
Publication year: 2017
Title of series: Acoustics: Information and Communication Series
Pages range: 221-242
ISBN: 978-1-60427-004-4
Language: English


Available methods for room-related sound presentation are introduced and evaluated. A focus is put on the synthesis side rather than on complete transmission systems. Different methods are compared using common, though quite general criteria. The methods selected for comparison are: intensity stereophony after Blumlein (1931), vector base amplitude panning (VBAP), 5.1-Surround and its discrete-channel derivatives, synthesis with spherical harmonics [Ambisonics and higher-order Ambisonics (HOA)], and synthesis based on the boundary method, namely, wave-field synthesis (WFS), and binaural-cue selection methods (e.g., DIRAC). While VBAP, 5.1-Surround and other discrete-channel-based methods show a number of practical advantages, they do not, in the end, aim at authentic sound-field reproduction. The holophonic methods that do so, particularly, HOA and WFS, have specific advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed. Yet, both methods are under continuous development, and a decision in favor of one of them should be taken from a strictly application-oriented point of view by considering relevant application-specific advantages and disadvantages in detail.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Rabenstein, Rudolf Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multimediakommunikation und Signalverarbeitung

External institutions with authors

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)

How to cite

Blauert, J., & Rabenstein, R. (2017). Room-related Sound Representation using Loudspeakers. In Ning Xiang (Eds.), Architectural Acoustics Handbook. (pp. 221-242). Plantation, FL 33324, USA: J. Ross Publishing.

Blauert, Jens, and Rudolf Rabenstein. "Room-related Sound Representation using Loudspeakers." Architectural Acoustics Handbook. Ed. Ning Xiang, Plantation, FL 33324, USA: J. Ross Publishing, 2017. 221-242.


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