While the use of diffuse surfaces is becoming increasingly common in the acoustical design of performance venues and normal rooms, there is a paucity of data on the auditory perceptual effects that characterize those finishes compared to specular ones. For instance, it is not entirely clear whether and how the aural impression is affected when first reflections are swapped from specular to diffuse. In a recent work, after revising the background knowledge on physical and perceptual effects of scattering, Visentin et al. [(2020) J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 148(1), 122-140] started a systematic analysis of how diffuse reflections influence the auditory impression by considering the simplest possible case, that is, a direct sound and one lateral reflection. The present work is a step forward in the analysis, and pairs of lateral reflections without or with a ceiling reflection are considered. By means of detailed listening tests, it is shown how diffuse reflections modulate the perception of some spatial attributes. This knowledge adds to the criteria to be employed when including diffusing surfaces in the design of first reflections in rooms.

Effects of multiple early diffuse reflections on spatial percepts

Visentin C.
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Pellegatti M.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Prodi N.
Membro del Collaboration Group
2021

Abstract

While the use of diffuse surfaces is becoming increasingly common in the acoustical design of performance venues and normal rooms, there is a paucity of data on the auditory perceptual effects that characterize those finishes compared to specular ones. For instance, it is not entirely clear whether and how the aural impression is affected when first reflections are swapped from specular to diffuse. In a recent work, after revising the background knowledge on physical and perceptual effects of scattering, Visentin et al. [(2020) J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 148(1), 122-140] started a systematic analysis of how diffuse reflections influence the auditory impression by considering the simplest possible case, that is, a direct sound and one lateral reflection. The present work is a step forward in the analysis, and pairs of lateral reflections without or with a ceiling reflection are considered. By means of detailed listening tests, it is shown how diffuse reflections modulate the perception of some spatial attributes. This knowledge adds to the criteria to be employed when including diffusing surfaces in the design of first reflections in rooms.
Visentin, C.; Pellegatti, M.; Prodi, N.
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