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Listening preferences for the different reproduction systems Stereo, Surround, and Wave Field Synthesis in the context of popular music

Wierstorf, Hagen; Hold, Christoph

We did a paired comparison preference test where listeners rated their listening preference for four different pop musical pieces presented by WFS, stereo or surround. The musical pieces were all mixed by the same person in order to try to minimize the influence of the mix on the ratings, but still trying to get the best out of every system, see [1] for details. The mixes are available at

Here, we provide the results of the 22 listeners that participated in the experiment together with an analysis which calculates a Bradley-Terry-Luce model after Wickelmayer et al. [2].

[1] Hold, C., Wierstorf, H., Raake, A. (2016), “The Difference Between Stereophony and Wave Field Synthesis in the Context of Popular Music,” 140th AES Convention, Paper 9533


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