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1st Edition

Sensory Evaluation of Sound

ISBN 9780367656744
Published September 30, 2020 by CRC Press
578 Pages

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Book Description

Sensory Evaluation of Sound provides a detailed review of the latest sensory evaluation techniques, specifically applied to the evaluation of sound and audio. This three-part book commences with an introduction to the fundamental role of sound and hearing, which is followed by an overview of sensory evaluation methods and associated univariate and multivariate statistical analysis techniques. The final part of the book provides several chapters with concrete real-world applications of sensory evaluation ranging from telecommunications, hearing aids design and binaural sound, via the latest research in concert hall acoustics through to audio-visual interaction. Aimed at the engineer, researcher, university student or manager the book gives insight into the advanced methods for the sensory evaluation with many application examples.


  • Introduces the fundamental of hearing and the value of sound

  • Provides a firm theoretical basis for advanced techniques in sensory evaluation of sound that are then illustrated with concrete examples from university research through to industrial product development

  • Includes chapters on sensory evaluation practices and methods as well as univariate and multivariate statistical analysis

  • Six application chapters covering a wide range of concrete sensory evaluation study examples including insight into audio-visual assessment

  • Includes data analysis with several associated downloadable datasets

  • Provides extensive references to the existing research literature, text books and standards

Table of Contents

Section I: Background. Introduction. Why Sound Matters. Sound, Hearing and Perception. Section II: Theory and Practice. Sensory Evaluation in Practice. Sensory Evaluation Methods for Sound. Applied Univariate Statistics. Applied Multivariate Statistics. Section III: Application. Telecommunications Applications. Hearing Aids. Car Audio. Binaural Spatial Reporduction. Concert Hall Acoustics. Emotions, Associations, and Sound. Audiovisual Interaction. Section IV: Annexes. Appendix A. Bibliography. Index.

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Dr Nick Zacharov (FAES, C.Eng., M.Sc., B.Eng.(Hons.)) is a LEAD Technologist at FORCE Technology, SenseLab, Denmark, and widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in the specialist field of quality assessment of sensory perception. With an academic background in electroacoustics, acoustics and signal processing, Nick has a broad industrial experience in the audio profession spanning from mobile phone audio to professional audio equipment design. His profound interest in audio quality is the cornerstone of his professional career. Having held engineering and managerial posts at Nokia, Genelec and DELTA, Nick co-founded SenseLab within DELTA in 2007, providing world-class listening tests and sensory evaluation services to the international audio community.

He has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, serving as chairperson, co-chairman of conferences and AES governor in additions to being a member of several other professional societies. 

Nick has more than 90 publications to his name as well as several audio patents. Nick is also co-author of "Perceptual Audio Evaluation – theory, method and application", which is an acknowledged and widely used textbook in its field.