Enhanced spatial analysis of room acoustics using acoustic multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems

Hai Morgenstern, Boaz Rafaely

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Standard acoustic measurements in enclosures typically employ single-input single-output (SISO) acoustic systems. The parameters obtained from these measurements describe features of energy decay and do not characterize spatial attributes of the enclosure. Directional analysis of enclosures became popular with the introduction of microphone and loudspeaker arrays. In particular, spherical arrays have been shown to be highly beneficial for spatial analysis. Spherical microphone arrays facilitate the estimation of the arrival direction of the direct and reflected sound, while the use of both loudspeaker and microphones arrays can support the estimation of both radiation and arrival directions, with the application of conventional beamforming methods. However, when several reflections are attributed to the same time bin in a discrete impulse response, reflection paths may not be uniquely determined by existing beamforming techniques. We present a new method to uniquely determine source and receiver directions for multiple reflections when time separation is unfeasible. The paper presents the formulation of the proposed method, also showing a simulation study to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015018
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
StatePublished - 19 Jun 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2 Jun 20137 Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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