Spherical array processing with binaural sound reproduction for improved speech intelligibility Academic Article uri icon


  • In telecommunication applications, interfering sounds and reverberation can have a detrimental effect on speech intelligibility. For this reason, microphone arrays have been recently employed in telecommunication systems for natural environments. Currently applied array processing methods typically aim to produce array output which is optimal on signal-based measures eg signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). These measures may be particularly appropriate when the receiver is a machine. However, in order to enhance speech intelligibility when the receiver is another human, it may be desired to trigger spatial hearing capabilities of the human auditory system, such as the cocktail party effect. In particular, spatial-release from masking has been investigated. This work presents a spherical array signal processing framework in which array output is generated binaurally using the head …

publication date

  • January 1, 2013