Performance Enhancement of Cross-Talk Canceller for Four-Speaker System by Selective Speaker Operation

Su-Jin CHOI  Jeong-Yong BOO  Ki-Jun KIM  Hochong PARK  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E98-D   No.12   pp.2341-2344
Publication Date: 2015/12/01
Publicized: 2015/08/25
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015EDL8056
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Speech and Hearing
cross-talk canceller,  four-speaker system,  ringing effect,  sweet spot,  

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We propose a method of enhancing the performance of a cross-talk canceller for a four-speaker system with respect to sweet spot size and ringing effect. For the large sweet spot of a cross-talk canceller, the speaker layout needs to be symmetrical to the listener's position. In addition, a ringing effect of the cross-talk canceller is reduced when many speakers are located close to each other. Based on these properties, the proposed method first selects the two speakers in a four-speaker system that are most symmetrical to the target listener's position and then adds the remaining speakers between these two to the final selection. By operating only these selected speakers, the proposed method enlarges the sweet spot size and reduces the ringing effect. We conducted objective and subjective evaluations and verified that the proposed method improves the performance of the cross-talk canceller compared to the conventional method.