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A psychoacoustical preprocessing technique for virtual bass enhancement of the parametric loudspeaker

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3 Author(s)
Chuang Shi ; Digital Signal Process. Lab., Nanyang Technol. Univ., Singapore, Singapore ; Hao Mu ; Woon-Seng Gan

The parametric loudspeaker is a novel type of loudspeaker that can project a directional sound beam. It is commonly used in creating personal sound zone and projecting private messages to a targeted audience. However, the parametric loudspeaker possesses a very poor bass (or low-frequency) response due inherently to the nonlinear acoustic principle generating sound from ultrasound in air. A psychoacoustic signal processing method known as “virtual bass” has been successfully implemented in some consumer electronics with miniature or flat loudspeaker unit, aiming to enhance their bass performances. In this paper, we adapt this “virtual bass“ approach for parametric loudspeakers. Unlike conventional loudspeakers, the parametric loudspeaker brings in an added degree of complexity in “virtual bass” enhancement due to its inherent nonlinear acoustic property. Accordingly, a new preprocessing technique is proposed for the parametric loudspeaker to psychoacoustically reproduce the low-frequency components within an octave below its cut-off frequency.

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Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2013 IEEE International Conference on

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26-31 May 2013