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Study of Interior Sound Preferences at Acceleration

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.18 No.1

Summary

This paper describes car interior sound preferences in general public. Subjective evaluation experiments were performed in Japan, Germany and the United States to investigate the interior sound preferences. Two hundred subjects in each country (600 total) participated in the experiment. As a result, four kinds of preferences were found. A sound preference evaluation system was developed to calculate numeric preference values based on sound stimuli recorded using an artificial head microphone.
Furthermore, subjects’ characteristics in each kind of preference were clarified through questionnaires. The results showed that women, older people and people not interested in cars preferred quiet sound, while men, younger people, and people who like cars preferred powerful sound.

Reference

(1) Noumura, K., Okada, Y.: Sound Quality Evaluation Technique of Vehicle in Consideration of Auditory Characteristic, HONDA R&D Technical Review, Vol. 9, p. 131-139
(2) Ishii, Y., Yamashita, T., Brandl, F. K., Thomann, S., Biermayer, W.: Development of a New Software for Objective Evaluation of Interior Sound of Sports Cars, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 131-138
(3) Noumura, K., Yoshida, J.: Quantification of Luxury and Sporty Car Interior Sounds Perceived by the General Public in Different Markets, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. 237-246
(4) Nanba, S., Kuwano, S.: Method of Psychological Measurement for Hearing Research, CORONA PUBLISHING CO., LTD., p. 221 (1998)
(5) Ishimura, S.: Sugu Wakaru Tahenryou Kaiseki, Tokyo tosho, p. 201 (1992) (in Japanese)

Author (organization or company)

Kousuke NOUMURA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Junji YOSHIDA(Tochigi R&D Center)

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