AES Headphone Technology Conference: How Researchers Go About Making the Subjective Experience Objectively Meaningful
A few of yesterdays papers on perceptual evaluations referred to the "Sound Wheel" developed by Delta's SenseLab---a Danish firm that offers an audio product testing service. I was intrigued at first simply because it was colorful and pretty. After the sessions I looked it up and found it was far more than that.
The Sound Wheel was developed to produce an objective way to perform subjective evaluations by the firm. It's of great interest to me for two reasons:
- The paper goes into great detail of how a series of words found in product literature, dealer advertisements, and subjective reviews are accumulated, sorted, and graded for utility. It's simply fascinating to see the scientific mind at work parsing the realm of the subjective experience.
- It encourages me to do a better job of writing reviews that are meaningful to as broad a range of readers as possible. I know I can be a little weird in the words I use, and I think I could do a better job by understanding and utilizing a thoughtfully developed lexicon.
I'd very much like your feedback on this paper and what you think its merit and weaknesses are. You can find the paper here: