13  Stereo

Time-of-Arrival (TOA) Difference

This is the difference in arrival time of a sound at the two ears of the listener. It is probably the most important single factor in determining the direction of a sound. It is zero for sounds arriving from directly in front of the listener and is a maximum of about 0.6 ms (depending on the size of the head) for sounds arriving at 90° to the frontal axis. In general the TOA difference is proportional to sin θ in Figure 48.


Figure 48  Time of arrival difference, t is given by t = h sin θ/c where c is the velocity of sound in air

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