Augmented audio with behind-the-head listening device

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This paper studies a novel personal listening device, HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion™, in the context of spatial audio. The case study explored ways to reproduce binaural audio with this device, which in normal use is located behind the listener. Several techniques were applied to binaural signals to render spatial sound, but none of them worked perfectly and bring the sound image in front of the listener. The device, which also provides tactile information for a user, is really close to the listener’s head, thus traditional far-field techniques failed to perform cross-talk cancellation. However, two listening tests revealed that the implemented techniques worked to some extent, however, many open research questions were left for future research.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio
EditorsTony Tew, Duncan Williams
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Mar 201929 Mar 2019


ConferenceAES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio
Abbreviated titleAES IIA
CountryUnited Kingdom
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    Research areas

  • augmented reality audio, vibration, loudspeaker, binaural reproduction

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