Understanding listener perception of spatial audio in non-ideal conditions
The Stream 2 research plan focuses on achieving an understanding of how users perceive and respond to audio objects in simple and complex scenes. This involves an ambitious series of experiments which will very significantly increase knowledge on audio object perception and cognition. The general strategy is to use qualitative techniques such as listening focus groups, grounded theory and open-question interviews (e.g. with sound mixers) to characterise the key factors involved in each research question. Where a factor can be quantified, formal listening tests with rating scales can then be used.