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Transfer-Function Measurement with Sweeps

Transfer-function measurements using sweeps as excitation signals rather than pseudo-noise signals show significantly higher immunity against distortion and time variance. Capturing binaural room impulse responses for high-quality auralization purposes requires a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) greater that 90 dB, which is unattainable with maximum-length sequence (MLS) measurements because of loudspeaker nonlinearity, but it is fairly easy to reach with sweeps due to the possibility of complete rejection of harmonic distortion. Before investigating the differences and practical problems of measurements with MLS and sweeps and arguing why sweeps are the preferable choice for the majority of measurement tasks, the existing methods of obtaining transfer functions are reviewed. The continual need to use preemphasized excitation signals in acoustical measurements is also addressed. A method to create sweeps with arbitrary spectral contents, but constant orprescribed frequency-dependent temporal envelope, is presented. Finally, the possibility of simultaneously analyzing transfer functions and harmonics is investigated.


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