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J Acoust Soc Am. 2019 Apr;145(4):2761. doi: 10.1121/1.5095874.

Audibility of dispersion error in room acoustic finite-difference time-domain simulation in the presence of a single early reflection.

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Department of Computer Science, School of Science, Aalto University, Otakaari 5, FI-02150, Espoo, Finland.


Finite-difference time-domain method has gained increasing interest for room acoustic prediction use. A well-known limitation of the method is a frequency- and direction-dependent dispersion error. In this study, the audibility of dispersion error in the presence of a single surface reflection is measured. The threshold is measured for three different distance conditions with a fixed reflection arrival azimuth angle of 54.7°. The error is placed either in the direct path, or in the reflection path. Additionally a qualitative follow-up experiment to evaluate how the measured thresholds reflect the audibility of error in short room responses is carried out. The results indicate that the threshold varies depending whether the error is in the direct path or in the reflection path. For transient signals the threshold is higher when the error is located in the direct path, whereas for speech signal, the threshold is higher when it is located in the reflection path. Evidence is found that the error is detectable in rendered room responses at the measured threshold levels.


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