A Stereo Echo Canceler with Input Slides and Counter-Lateralization

Akihiko SUGIYAMA  Yann JONCOUR  Akihiro HIRANO  Takao NISHITANI  Gerard FAUCON  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E89-A   No.6   pp.1776-1787
Publication Date: 2006/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e89-a.6.1776
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Digital Signal Processing
Keyword: 
echo canceler,  stereo,  identification,  adaptive filter,  

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Summary: 
A new stereo echo canceler with input slides and counter-lateralization is proposed. Convergence of filter coefficients to the correct echo paths is obtained by pre-processing which delays the input signal periodically by one sample in one of the two channels. The time difference between the two stereo components of the input signals causes a shift of the sound image. This shift is compensated for by presenting the delayed component of the stereo signals to a loudspeaker at a higher intensity, and the other component at a lower intensity. Correct echo-path identification is analytically shown in a more general form than in the preceding literatures. A subjective listening test shows that this method is more effective for vocal musics. The processed signals are scored 0.45 lower than the original input signals, using the ITU-R five-grade impairment scale.