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High-frequency hearing in humans

Deall All,

In connection with this thread, I suggest taking a look at:

Ashihara, K. and Kiryu, S. (2000). Influence of expanded frequency band of signals on non-linear characteristics of loudspeakers, J. Acoust. Soc. Jap. (J) 56, 549-555.
Ashihara, K. and Kiryu, S. (2003). Audibility of components above 22 kHz in a complex tone, Acustica - acta acustica 89, 540-546.

Brian Moore

Just to show that it is not a simple question of loudspeaker quality but also of recording quality I send you a Matlab script producing one square wave "sampled" at 48000 and another at 192000 Hz.  The difference is audible through any loudspeaker. 

clear all
sf1 = 48000;
sf2 = 192000;
dt1 = 1/sf1;
dt2 = 1/sf2;
du = 1;
f0 = 5000;
t1 = 0:dt1:du;
t2 = 0:dt2:du;
s1 = square(2*pi*f0*t1);
s2 = square(2*pi*f0*t2);
sound(s1, sf1)
wavwrite(s1, sf1, 's48000')
sound(s2, sf2)
wavwrite(s2, sf2, 's192000')


> -----Original Message-----
> From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception
> [ mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joachim Thiemann
> Sent: vrijdag 4 februari 2011 15:37
> To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [AUDITORY] High-frequency hearing in humans
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 23:08, Kevin Austin <kevin.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> > A colleague of mine has been working on clicks in an electroacoustics
> aural perception course. He discovered that a 48kHz sampling rate was
> "too crude", and that working at 96kHz (or higher), the differences
> between clicks over 8kHz were noticeable. This is not quite what
> sampling theory seems to say. At 44.1kHz, a single sample click
> represents 22kHz, and a two sample click represents 11kHz. How does one
> represent a 16kHz click with a 44.1kHz sampling rate?
> I think one has to be careful about the actual D/A hardware in these
> cases.  Oversampled sigma/delta? R-2R? What are the postfilter
> characteristics?  I think with these type of stimuli, differences
> might be audible: even if the same soundcard is used at different
> rates, the filter should change.  The differences in filter
> characteristics might extend to lower frequencies, where they might be
> picked up by individuals with good hearing.
> Joe.
> --
> Joachim Thiemann :: http://www.tsp.ece.mcgill.ca/~jthiem

Brian C. J. Moore, Ph.D, FMedSci, FRS,
Professor of Auditory Perception,
Department of Experimental Psychology,
University of Cambridge,
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Cambridge CB2 3EB,
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