Engaging concert hall acoustics is made up of temporal envelope preserving reflections.

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

PubMedID: 21682356

Lokki T, Pätynen J, Tervo S, Siltanen S, Savioja L. Engaging concert hall acoustics is made up of temporal envelope preserving reflections. J Acoust Soc Am. 2011;129(6):EL223-8.
Strong, exciting, and engaging sound is perceived in the best concert halls. Here, it is shown that wideband early reflections that preserve the temporal envelope of sound contribute to the clear and open acoustics with strong bass. Such reflections are fused with the direct sound due to the precedence effect. In contrast, reflections that distort the temporal envelope render the sound weak and muddy because they partially break down the precedence. The presented findings are based on the earlier psychoacoustics research, and confirmed by a perceptual evaluation with six simulated concert halls that have same monaural room acoustical parameter values according to ISO3382-1.