A study of the just noticeable difference of early decay time for symphonic halls

Fernando Del Solar Dorrego, Michelle C. Vigeant

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The just noticeable differences (JNDs) of room acoustic parameters are important for the design of concert halls and, in general, research of room acoustics. Precise knowledge of JNDs helps the concert hall designer in assessing the impact that changes in the geometry or materials of the hall will have on its perceived acoustics. When designing a concert hall, creating an appropriate feeling of reverberance for the audience is of prime importance. The early decay time (EDT) parameter has proved to be a better predictor of the perception of reverberance than the classical reverberation time (T30), but no studies have been conducted to specifically determine the EDT JND. In the present study, the EDT JND was investigated for broadband conditions and assessed for individual frequency ranges. A subjective study was conducted with 26 subjects with musical training, in which 21 were considered reliable. The participants listened to orchestral music convolved with measured spatial room impulse responses from three concert halls. The stimuli were auralized in an anechoic chamber using third-order Ambisonic reproduction. The obtained values show that the JNDs for the broadband conditions are lower than those for the individual frequency ranges. The EDT JND for the broadband conditions was found to be approximately 18% of the EDT value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-94
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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