Acoustic Listening Tests
Acoustic tests are challenging in that potential biases from room differences, etc. can override your getting a correct evaluation result. SAI uses careful measurement and suitable experimental techniques to minimize these biases.
For example, tests of speakers are influenced by the room size and surface characteristics. We can substitute candidate speaker positions with "lazy Susan" rotators and can understand, quantify, or change acoustic environment parameters as needed.
Maximizing Listening Test Objectivity
SAI incorporates a number of techniques to get the best result for your listening evaluation items:
- Volume is precisely matched, unless the
speaker's sensitivity is its claimed advantage
- Delays and smooth volume ramps can be used
- Tone and number of sources are matched
- Number of speakers around the room is controlled
- Single or double blind testing is used as you prefer
Equipment Available for Listening Tests
Stroud Audio uses state-of-art hardware and software to insure your subjects hear only what they're are listening for:
- High quality stereo and 5.1 amplifiers
(or we can use your amplifiers)
- MOTU 828 8 in 8 out 24-bit firewire audio
interfaces are available for testing of up to
16 channels of audio.
- Ableton Live audio processing software for
comprehensive and seamless control of
your listening experiment
- Your experiment can be digitally recorded
for further evaluations
Expert Listeners Panel
We can assemble a panel of highly trained listeners and also incorporate capable individuals from your company. Because we use blind testing, the influence of biases for or against a product line or specific technology can be minimized.
Support for Your Listening Experiments
Stroud Audio can work with your team to insure your evaluations will serve your interests in selecting the best devices and equipment for your products.
We can serve as a third-party for your decision making. We can develop custom electronics and unique test setups for special needs.
Please contact SAI for all your listening test requirements.