Estimation of annoyance due to low level sound

B.L. Cardozo, K.G. Veen, van der

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The concept of sound character is introduced as a physical attribute responsible for any systematic differences in annoyance due to different sounds at the same A-weighted equivalent sound level. It is thought that this sound character is more important at low sound levels than at high ones. A pilot experiment with refrigerator sounds indicated a clear effect of sound character. In particular, sharp onsets were shown to worsen the character of such sounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-396
JournalApplied Acoustics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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