A field study of preferred listening levels for music played on personal stereo players

Authors

  • Frank A. Russo Dept. of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont. M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Mohammad Abdoli-E School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont. M5B 2K3
  • Lu Zizhen School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont. M5B 2K3
  • Ahlexxi Jelen Dept. of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont. M5B 2K3, Canada

Keywords:

Acoustic noise, Approximation theory, Earphones, Gesture recognition, Stereophonic recordings, Correction factor, Listening levels, Personal stereo players, Potential participants

Abstract

A field study of preferred listening levels for music played on personal stereo players (PSP) was performed. Simultaneous recordings were made of PSP sound output levels and ambient noise levels in three environments in the city of Toronto, the subway (TTC), a busy street corner in Dundas Square, and a university library, Ryerson. Potential participants were approached in the same environment in which recordings were made. The initial contact was made nonverbally by gesturing for the user to remove the earphones. The majority of users followed the nonverbal request by removing one or both of the earbuds. Music levels were obtained by porting headphone-out of the PSP directly to mic-in of laptop and applying a correction factor to approximate the sound level that would be obtained with earbuds. The highest music levels were observed in the street environment.

Published

2007-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Russo FA, Abdoli-E M, Zizhen L, Jelen A. A field study of preferred listening levels for music played on personal stereo players. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2007Sep.1 [cited 2020Sep.25];35(3):82-3. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1911

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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