Isolation performance metrics for personal sound zone reproduction systems

Yue Qiao, Léo Guadagnin, Edgar Choueiri

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Two isolation performance metrics, inter-zone isolation (IZI) and inter-program isolation (IPI), are introduced for evaluating personal sound zone (PSZ) systems. Compared to the commonly used acoustic contrast metric, IZI and IPI are generalized for multichannel audio and quantify the isolation of sound zones and of audio programs, respectively. The two metrics are shown to be generally non-interchangeable and suitable for different scenarios, such as generating dark zones (IZI) or minimizing audio-on-audio interference (IPI). Furthermore, two examples with free-field simulations are presented and demonstrate the applications of IZI and IPI in evaluating PSZ performance in different rendering modes and PSZ robustness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104801
JournalJASA Express Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Music
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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