Measurement of Stereo Soundfield Parameters

The stereo soundfield sequence measures parameters such as Interaural level difference (ILD) and interaural cross-correlation (IACC) using a Head and Torso Simulator (HATS). The spectrum is measured at each ear and calculates interaural level differences (ILD), spectral balance, delay differences, and interaural cross-correlation (IACC). The measurements are made using different time windows, so that the direct, early, late or total parts are separated.

Several different signals are applied to the left and right inputs of the device under test (DUT), and the measurements are made with the HATS left and right ears. Up to 9 measurements in varying positions are made and saved. Results for each position are displayed, and on completion of the testing, means and standard deviations are shown.

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TIA-5050 Test Sequence for Narrowband (NB) and Wideband (WB) Mobile Handset Phones

TIA 5050 is a US standard with measurement methods and requirements for the receive volume control performance of both narrowband (NB) and wideband (WB) mobile handset phones. The measurements include conversational gain, frequency response, and distortion. Measurements are made at both 2N and 8N handset application forces, with different requirements applied to each. Either Free Field (FF) or Diffuse Field (DF) can be chosen as the Listener Reference Point (LRP) for receive frequency response.

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TIA 920-B Sequence for Measurement of Narrowband and Wideband Digital Phones

TIA 920-B is a comprehensive US dual-bandwidth standard that applies to both narrowband (NB) and wideband (WB) devices. It also allows a choice between Free Field (FF) and Diffuse Field (DF) as the Listener Reference Point (LRP). These sequences measure digital communications devices with handset features according to TIA-920.110-B, speakerphones according to TIA-920.120-B, and headsets according to TIA-920.130-B.

This module is a large, structured set of sequences and subsequences which perform all the measurements. Curves and values are shown on the screen, and tolerance checks are performed. Data is saved to a pre-formatted Excel test report that includes all measurements on any one device. Completely prompted sequences for calibration of all the transducers are included. After a one-time setup with a sound card and other user-specific interfaces, the sequences are automatic. They run by simply selecting, pressing start, and following prompts where user interaction with the device under test is required. The sequence works with approved sound cards for connection to the transducers. Windows audio devices such as USB headsets work directly with SoundCheck®. VoIP softphones also work with SoundCheck, by means of a recommended third-party Windows audio application.

The current release of these sequences is compatible with SoundCheck version 20. It includes new sequences to test speakerphone or headset devices that connect to a server, using the “open loop” method.

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Background Noise Simulation to ETSI ES 202 396-1 Standard

Background_noise_simulation_screenshotThis Background Noise Simulation sequence follows the ETSI ES 202 396-1 standard.  It will automatically calibrate a standardized 4.1 speaker / subwoofer setup in accordance to the ETSI ES 202 396-1 standard “Loudspeaker Setup for Background Noise Simulation” and provide an equalized, calibrated playback solution to stress your device in a standardized and repeatable way.

Included with the sequence is a library of real world binaural recordings from the ETSI standard: cafeteria, pub, crossroad, vehicle, single voice distractor, and office noises.  Custom or user-defined  binaural recordings can also be used to create background noise tests directly applicable to your product. This sequence has many applications including evaluating ANC on headphones, noise  suppression on communication devices, voice recognition testing of smart speakers / IoT, SNR optimization of microphones on telepresence devices and beamforming directionality studies of microphone arrays.

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EN 50332-1 – Max. SPL of Portable Audio Devices

EN-50332_1 screenshotThis sequence follows the test standard detailed in EN50332-1 (2013) for measuring the maximum sound pressure for portable music players and the earphones/headphones they are bundled with. The test involves loading a weighted pink noise stimulus file (as specified by IEC 268) onto the portable device and playing it through the earphones at the player’s maximum volume.

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ANSI S3.22 Hearing Aid Test Sequences

These sequences include all the tests from ANSI S3.22:2014 as well as some of the additional ‘Annex C’ tests from the 2014 ANSI standard. This guide describes the basic functionality of each sequence and details the process of hardware setup and calibration.

Each test, as outlined in the standards, is contained in a single test sequence and can be run independently. The ‘— HA ANSI S3.22_2014 Product Test — master sequence’, calls all the required individual test sequences to run a complete standard test suite. It also creates or recalls a limits file according to the definitions in ANSI S3.22:2014 and assists in setting the correct Reference Test Setting for the device being tested. The name of the master sequence is bracketed by dashes to separate it from the individual test sequences.

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Hearing Aid Compatibility to TIA 1083 and FCC Part 68.316

These two test sequences are designed to test the hearing aid compatibility of a telephone according to the TIA 1083 and FCC Part 68.316 standards. These sequences, which rely on the user having radial and axial HAC probes, play the appropriate test signals, measure the response and compare them to the limits in the standard. These pre-written sequences enable the user to immediately test to the relevant standards, and can be fully modified to meet any custom testing needs if desired.

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EN-50332-2: Measuring SPL of Portable Devices

EN50332_screenshotThese two sequences follow the test standard detailed in EN50332-2 for measuring the maximum levels of portable music players and earphones/headphones. This section of the standard covers the individual testing of the devices rather than the combined testing that is detailed in part 1. Note that the physical setup and connections will be different between the two sequences. Please read the hardware and calibration sections of this instruction carefully.

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