Method to investigate recognition of computer fan sound in a
Paper in proceedings, 2006

A decisive factor in determining perceived product sound quality is how strongly a product’s sound is recognized as truly belonging to or emanating from the specific product [1]. For computers, fans are important contributors to the perceived product sound quality, but their sound usually also causes annoyance. A listening experiment was designed in order to investigate what signal properties are important for the sound to be recognized as a computer fan in a domestic environment. Participants were asked to identify all sound sources they could hear while looking at a photo of the interior of a domestic environment. The stimuli consisted of computer fan sounds having various acoustical properties as well as recorded background noise in the apartment, and the sounds of a number of common domestic sound sources such as vacuum cleaner, radio shows, vehicles passing outside, etc. The visual input was used as a mediator, limiting the number of possible sound sources, and the method was found to be efficient for identifying properties responsible for the sound being recognized as a computer fan sound.

tonality

Sound quality

computer fan

annoyance

Author

Mike Magill

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Anders Genell

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Mendel Kleiner

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Daniel Västfjäll

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Willem Beltman

INTER-NOISE 2006

Subject Categories

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

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10/7/2017