Design and acoustic characterization of a psycho-acoustic listening facility

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The design, development, and acoustic characterization of the Psychoacoustic Listening Laboratory (PALILA) recently established at Delft University of Technology are presented in this manuscript. This laboratory comprises a soundproof room with a modular design and specialized audio equipment. Its primary objective is to conduct experimental investigations into the human perception of aeroacoustic noise sources, such as aircraft, drones, or wind turbines. Furthermore, PALILA is certainly suited for studying other sound sources (e.g. household appliances, ground vehicles, etc.). The manuscript outlines the fundamental characteristics of the facility (i.e. dimensions and materials). A thorough acoustic characterization is provided, including assessments of the background noise levels, reverberation time, free-field sound propagation, and transmission losses of the walls (with respect to the exterior). Overall, PALILA is deemed to be a suitable quiet environment to conduct high-quality psychoacoustic listening experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2023
EditorsEleonora Carletti
PublisherSociety of Acoustics
ISBN (Electronic)9788011034238
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
Event29th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2023: The annual congress of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations (IIAV) - Hotel Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 Jul 202313 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Congress on Sound and Vibration
ISSN (Electronic)2329-3675


Conference29th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2023
Abbreviated titleICSV 2023
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address


  • Acoustic characterization
  • Human perception
  • Listening experiments
  • Psychoacoustics


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