A study of the just noticeable difference of early decay time (EDT)

Fernando Del Solar Dorrego, Michelle Celine Vigeant

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The just noticeable difference (JND) for reverberation time (T30) and early decay time (EDT) has been reported to be 5%, but limited research has been done to support this value. Also, there are no indications as to how this JND varies with frequency. Preferred values of EDT for symphonic music and how they should vary with frequency are also missing. A subjective study was performed to determine the JND of EDT over several octave bands, using room impulse responses (IRs) measured in concert halls with an Eigenmike 32-element spherical microphone array and reproduced in an anechoic chamber with a three-dimensional array of 30 loudspeakers. IRs measured in several North American halls were employed as a reference and compared with stimuli in which EDT values were artificially modified in a specific octave band. Alterations in these IRs were controlled to introduce minimal changes in other subjective impressions, in particular clarity and spatial impression. The measured JNDs will set the groundwork for obtaining preferred values for this metric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAuditorium Acoustics 2018
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781906913311
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventAuditorium Acoustics 2018 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Oct 4 2018Oct 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Institute of Acoustics
ISSN (Print)1478-6095


OtherAuditorium Acoustics 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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