I was pointed to this list from the friendly folk over at the SurSound
(surround sound list) as my question will hopefully sit more comfortably with
the expertise here, but as a newbie here I'll preface my question with a
preemptive apology if I am at all off-topic for the list focus.
I have been attempting to track down any research
directed toward human perception of delay in local sidetone. Specifically I am
trying to find any work investigating perception of very short delays when using
fully digital systems that return sidetone via the digital signal chain (mic
--> A/D --> processing system --> D/A --> headset).
An example might be the use of a fully digital
communications system within an aircraft, where the processing system is the
aircraft communications equipment. When the crew talk on a radio, they expect to
hear themselves via sidetone (this confirms the radio is working for one
Although searching high and low, I have been unable to
find anything useful regarding tolerance to delay. It seems most of what I can
find refers to VoIP systems, where the latency issues appear to be much longer
than those I am considering.
In the limited work I can, find most dismiss delays in
the sub-20mS as being below human perception, however I have evidential proof
that this is plainly wrong. If anyone has any suggestions for research that
covers sidetone delay in the sub-20mS region I would be extremely
Thanks in advance for any and all input.