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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A PLURALITY OF AUDIO CHANNELS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for generating a plurality of audio channels for a first speaker setup is characterized by an imaginary speaker determiner, an energy distribution calculator, a processor and a renderer. The imaginary speaker determiner is configured to determine a position of an imaginary speaker not contained in the first speaker setup to obtain a second speaker setup containing the imaginary speaker. The energy distribution calculator is configured to calculate an energy distribution from the imaginary speaker to the other speakers in the second speaker setup. The processor is configured to repeat the energy distribution to obtain a downmix information for a downmix from the second speaker setup to the first speaker setup. The renderer is configured to generate the plurality of audio channels using the downmix information.



MUSIC COLLECTION NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An audio navigation device comprising an input means for inputting two or more audio pieces into the navigation device; a spatialization means for allocating a position in the form of a unique spatial co-ordinate to each audio piece and arranging the audio pieces in a multi-dimensional arrangement; a generating means for generating a binaural audio output (3) for each audio piece, wherein the audio output (3) simulates sounds that would be made by one or more physical sources located at the given position of each audio piece; an output means for simultaneously outputting multiple audio pieces as binaural audio output (3) to a user (5); a navigation means (1) for enabling a user (5) to navigate around the audio output (3) in the multi-dimensional arrangement; a selection means (A) for allowing a user (5) to select a single audio output (3).



Multi-Channel Decorrelator, Multi-Channel Audio Decoder, Multi-Channel Audio Encoder, Methods and Computer Program using a Premix of Decorrelator Input Signals

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-channel decorrelator for providing a plurality of decorrelated signals on the basis of a plurality of decorrelator input signals is configured to premix a first set of N decorrelator input signals into a second set of K decorrelator input signals, wherein KK′. The multi-channel decorrelator can be used in a multi-channel audio decoder. A multi-channel audio encoder provides complexity control information for the multi-channel decorrelator.



MONITORING ACOUSTIC ENERGY OF HEADSET

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

For monitoring acoustic energy experienced by a user of a headset (20, 25), a processor (30) and a user interface (90) are provided, the processor having a monitoring part (40) to obtain an accumulated acoustic energy already experienced, to determine (60) a remaining allowable acoustic energy up to a maximum allowable daily threshold. A predicted remaining listening time is determined (70) based on an actual rate of acoustic energy, and on the remaining allowable acoustic energy, and is output visually or acoustically using the user interface. This helps enable the user to control their exposure with or without prior user input of an expected period of listening time. It can be updated after a change in volume control by the user. A gain control mode involves controlling the gain to cause the accumulated acoustic energy to reach the maximum allowable daily threshold at the end of a user defined period.



Speaker Calibration

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example implementation may involve a control device displaying (i) a prompt to prepare a playback device for calibration within a given environment, (ii) a prompt to prepare the given environment for calibration of the playback device, and (iii) a prompt to prepare the control device for calibration of the playback device. The example implementation may also involve a control device displaying a selectable control, that, when selected, initiates calibration of the playback device. The example implementation may further involve a control device initiating calibration of the playback device.



HEARING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present universal wearable computing device relates to a hearing assistance system, device, method, and apparatus that provide a discreet approach to user hearing assistance, without relying on a conventional hearing aid. The hearing assistance system and the requisite electronics may be incorporated into frames that also function as eyeglasses with earphone(s) that may be connected to the frame to assist user hearing. An earphone may be configured with minimal electronics, such that a power source enable sound transmissions to the ear, is provided by a connection to the frame of the eyeglasses. In another example, the earphone is configured without any electronics and sound is transmitted to the user/listener's ear(s) via a psychoacoustic system. The sound quality of the transmissions to the earphones may be optimized using a tuning/equalizer application operating from a computing device, such as an app on a mobile device. The tuning/equalizer application can be used by the user/listener to optimize volume input levels to the earphone(s).



Method for frequency-dependent noise suppression of an input signal

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for frequency-dependent noise suppression in an input signal is particularly suited for a hearing device. The input signal is distributed to a main signal path and an ancillary signal path. The presence of a useful signal component and, if a useful signal component is present, a parameter for a frequency of the useful signal component are assessed in the ancillary signal path. Noise in the input signal is suppressed in the main signal path by at least one infinite impulse response filter whose frequency response is implemented with a maximum absolute value in the range of that frequency of the useful signal component that is assessed using the parameter by determining a complex pole of the transfer function. The complex pole of the transfer function is determined by using the assessed parameter for the frequency of the useful signal component.



METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING THE REPLAY OF A DIGITAL SIGNAL TRANSMITTED FROM A SENDER TO A PLURALITY OF MOBILE AUDIO TERMINALS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for synchronizing the reproduction of a digital signal sent by a transmitter to a plurality of mobile audio terminals. The transmitter sends the digital signal as a multiplicity of data packets at a data rate that is constant as an average over time. A signal receiver of each mobile audio terminal receives at least a subset of the multiplicity of data packets and generates a time reference signal. A FIFO signal with information on an occupancy level of a FIFO memory of the mobile audio terminal at specific time points is generated, an instantaneous reproduction speed is set on the basis of the time reference signal and the FIFO signal, the audio reproduction unit reproduces at the instantaneous reproduction speed samples corresponding to the digital signal. The occupancy level of the FIFO memory is thereby kept constant as an average over time.



TRANSPARENT ELECTRONIC SPEAKER DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a transparent electronic speaker device, including a transparent speaker, a touch control panel and a display panel which are sequentially stacked. The touch control panel provides a touch control function, and the display panel possesses a display function. The transparent speaker includes an upper conductive plate, a lower conductive plate and a transparent piezoelectric film sandwiched between the upper and lower conductive plates. The display panel generates and transfers a voltage driving signal through an electrical connection to the upper and lower conductive plates for actuating the transparent piezoelectric film to perform piezoelectric action, thereby generating vibration and sound. Therefore, the present invention not only integrates the functions of speaker, touch control and display, but also improves sound quality by use of the transparent piezoelectric film covering the whole electronic device without deteriorating display quality.



BONE CONDUCTION SPEAKER AND COMPOUND VIBRATION DEVICE THEREOF

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a bone conduction speaker and its compound vibration device. The compound vibration device comprises a vibration conductive plate and a vibration board, the vibration conductive plate is set to be the first torus, where at least two first rods inside it converge to its center; the vibration board is set as the second torus, where at least two second rods inside it converge to its center. The vibration conductive plate is fixed with the vibration board; the first torus is fixed on a magnetic system, and the second torus comprises a fixed voice coil, which is driven by the magnetic system. The bone conduction speaker in the present invention and its compound vibration device adopt the fixed vibration conductive plate and vibration board, making the technique simpler with a lower cost; because the two adjustable parts in the compound vibration device can adjust both low frequency and high frequency area, the frequency response obtained is flatter and the sound is broader.



SPEAKER DEVICE ASSEMBLY WITH RECOIL VIBRATION ATTENUATING COUNTER BALANCE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, a speaker device assembly includes a first voice coil assembly moveable along an axis of a magnetic field of a magnetic core responsive to an induced current to facilitate pressure variations in a medium, and cause recoil vibration on a speaker device assembly structure. The speaker device assembly further includes a second voice coil assembly having a counter balance mass that accounts for at least a mass of the first voice coil assembly, and moveable along the axis of the magnetic field in a direction opposite the first voice coil assembly to attenuate the recoil vibration on the speaker device assembly structure, when the first voice coil assembly moves along the axis of the magnetic field.



EDGE STRUCTURE OF DIAPHRAGM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An edge surrounding a diaphragm has a recessed portion having a recess in one direction of vibration of the diaphragm, and a projecting portion having a projection in the one direction. At least part of the edge continuously has a first changing shape and a second changing shape. The first changing shape has a shape in which a cross-sectional shape of the recessed portion has a length gradually reduced, a cross-sectional shape of the projecting portion has a length gradually increased, and the recessed portion and the projecting portion change from one to the other, and the second changing shape has a shape in which a cross-sectional shape of the recessed portion has a length gradually increased, a cross-sectional shape of the projecting portion has a length gradually reduced, and the projecting portion and the recessed portion change from one to the other.



MULTI-LOUDSPEAKER ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONE PROVIDING STEREO EFFCT AND IMPROVED AMBIENT NOISE REDUCTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-loudspeaker active noise cancelling headphone that can provide stereo effect and improve the performance of ambient noise reduction employs an active noise reduction circuit to collaborate with a plurality of speakers and a design to generate a multilayer phase difference feedback audio signal in the earmuffs of the headphone to improve the performance of noise reduction efficacy and generate stereo effect for music so that through the speakers of a lower cost and in a medium quality, and individual filters and signal compensation music with spatial sense and a sense of depth can be generated.



SPEAKER ARRAY SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multiple speaker array for audio systems. The array comprises multiple range 30 to 40 ohm speakers connected in parallel. The number of speakers are selected to maintain the load on the system amplifier within an acceptable range, usually 1 to 8 ohms. The array may also include a low range speaker such as an 8 ohm sub-woofer. The speaker array “kit” may be used indoors or outdoors and allows the user to distribute an array of speakers and sub woofer over an area to achieve balanced coverage using conventional amplifiers.



AUDIO SIGNAL CORRECTION AND CALIBRATION FOR A ROOM ENVIRONMENT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are an apparatus and method of processing an audio signal to optimize audio for a room environment. One example method of operation may include recording the audio signal generated within a particular room environment and processing the audio signal to create an original frequency response based on the audio signal. The method may also include identifying a target sub-region of the frequency response which has a predetermined area percentage of a total area under a curve generated by the frequency response, determining whether the target sub-region is a narrow energy region, creating a filter to adjust the frequency response, and applying the filter to the audio signal.



AUDIO CIRCUIT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A D/A converter converts digital audio data DIN into analog differential audio signals VP and VN. A differential to single-ended conversion circuit converts the differential audio signals VP and VN into a single-ended audio signal VSE. A volume circuit receives the single-ended audio signal VSE, and amplifies the single-ended audio signal VSE with a gain that corresponds to a volume value. A reference voltage source generates a reference voltage VREF commonly referred by the differential to single-ended conversion circuit and the volume circuit. In a calibration operation, a calibration circuit controls the D/A converter so as to shift at least one from among the differential audio signals VP and VN such that the difference between the output voltage VSE of the differential to single-ended conversion circuit and the reference voltage VREF approaches zero.



SOUND SIGNATURE DATABASE FOR INITIALIZATION OF NOISE REDUCTION IN RECORDINGS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A smart-home device may include a recording device configured to record sound during a first time interval and a memory device comprising a plurality of stored sound profiles. The smart-home device may also include a processing system configured to receive an environmental input, select a stored sound profile from the plurality of stored sound profiles based on the environmental input, and perform a noise-cancelation routine on the sound recorded during the first time interval. The stored sound profile may be used as an initial background noise profile for the noise-cancelation routine.



EARPHONE WITH INVERSE SOUND WAVES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The earphone with inverse sound waves includes an earphone housing, a high frequency driver, and a low frequency driver. The earphone housing includes an inner space, a sound output portion, and a reflecting portion. The reflecting portion receives a passive diaphragm. The high frequency driver produces high frequency sound waves and has a sound output direction toward the sound output opening. The low frequency driver is mounted in the inner space of the earphone housing by a mounting brace. The low frequency driver is located between the high frequency driver and the passive diaphragm. A sound transmitting portion is formed between the mounting brace and the earphone housing. The low frequency driver produces low frequency sound waves and has a sound output direction toward the passive diaphragm. The passive diaphragm reflects the low frequency sound waves to the sound output opening via the sound transmitting portion.



LOW-LATENCY MULTI-DRIVER ADAPTIVE NOISE CANCELING (ANC) SYSTEM FOR A PERSONAL AUDIO DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A personal audio device including multiple output transducers for reproducing different frequency bands of a source audio signal, includes an adaptive noise canceling (ANC) circuit that adaptively generates an anti-noise signal for each of the transducers from at least one microphone signal that measures the ambient audio to generate anti-noise signals. The anti-noise signals are generated by separate adaptive filters such that the anti-noise signals cause substantial cancelation of the ambient audio at their corresponding transducers. The use of separate adaptive filters provides low-latency operation, since a crossover is not needed to split the anti-noise into the appropriate frequency bands. The adaptive filters can be implemented or biased to generate anti-noise only in the frequency band corresponding to the particular adaptive filter. The anti-noise signals are combined with source audio of the appropriate frequency band to provide outputs for the corresponding transducers.



DUAL-BATTERY CELL BLUETOOTH EARPHONE SET

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dual-battery cell Bluetooth earphone set includes two earphones each including an ear hook for attaching the respective earphone to an ear of a user, a speaker and a battery cell, a control box including a control circuit board for transmitting and receiving Bluetooth signals, a power jack for the connection of a charging cable of a battery charger to charge the battery cell of each earphone and a volume control button for regulating the volume of the output of said speaker of each said earphone, and a power line electrically connecting the earphones and the control box.



EARPHONE WITH STAND-ALONE HIGH-FREQUENCY DRIVER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An earphone with stand-alone high-frequency driver includes a casing, a low-frequency driver, a high-frequency driver, and a protecting cover. The casing defines a sound-guiding passage and a separating wall. The separating wall is formed on a side surface of the sound-guiding passage and defines a sound port, which is in communication with the sound-guiding passage. The high-frequency driver is disposed next to the separating wall and defines a sound-outputting direction. The protecting cover is mated to the casing and covers the high-frequency driver. The sound waves generated by both low- and high-frequency drivers are delivered externally through the sound-guiding passage. The earphone allows structural modifications and assembling the high-frequency driver and the protecting cover after a half-finished product (casing and low-frequency driver) is obtained. Hence, no major modification of the manufacturing processes is necessary, thus shortening the manufacturing time, lowering the manufacturing costs, and avoiding delay in product delivery.



SPORT HEADPHONES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A collapsible headphone device may include a front member having a first member and a second member, an earpiece operably connected to a distal end of each of the first member and the second member, and a center member extending outwardly from the front member and pivotably connected to the first member and the second member, wherein the members are moveable between an expanded state and a collapsed state.



Speaker Module And Assembling Method Of The Speaker Module

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses a speaker module and an assembling method of the speaker module and relates to the technical field of electroacoustic products. The structure of the housing of the module is improved in the present invention, so that first performing the ultrasonic welding between the shells, then mounting the speaker monomer into the inner cavity of the module and at last sealing the front acoustic cavity by coating the glue are realized, which effectively solves the disadvantages caused by first mounting the speaker monomer and then performing ultrasonic welding in prior art. According to the present invention, in the course of the assembling, the occurrence of the problems of the damage of the speaker monomer, the deformation or breaking of the shells and the leakage of the front and the rear acoustic cavity is avoided, and the end products of the speaker modules of the present invention have a high qualified rate.



Vehicle Sound Systems and Related Assemblies and Devices

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle loudspeaker system is provided. The system includes a vehicle body having a trunk floor pan, and a trunk floor that covers the trunk floor pan. The trunk floor has an upper surface and an opposite, lower surface. An electro-acoustic transducer is disposed between the lower surface of the trunk floor and the trunk floor pan. The transducer includes a diaphragm that defines a first radiating surface and a second radiating surface that is opposite the first radiating surface. The electro-acoustic transducer also includes an electro-magnetic motor for driving motion of the diaphragm along a motion axis. The transducer being arranged such that motion axis is within 45 degrees of parallel with the trunk floor. The system also includes a duct that is configured and arranged to direct acoustic energy radiated from the first radiating surface to a region above the upper surface of the trunk floor.



LIQUID INGRESS-REDIRECTING ACOUSTIC DEVICE RESERVOIR

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An acoustic device such as a microphone or speaker is positioned with and coupled to a housing to connect an acoustic port of the acoustic device with an external opening of the housing. A reservoir is connected to the external opening via a bleed channel. The bleed channel may be less resistive to liquid ingress than the acoustic port. As such, the reservoir and bleed channel may redirect liquid from the external opening away from the acoustic port. In some implementations, the reservoir and/or the bleed channel may be defined by one or more acoustically permeable barriers such as meshes that cover the acoustic port, compressible materials such as foams that form a perimeter around the acoustic port, and/or adhesive layers that couple the acoustic device, the housing, and/or one or more other components.



AUDIO AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT, AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE USING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An audio amplifier circuit for driving an electro-acoustic transducer, which is bridged transless (BTL)-connected to the audio amplifier circuit, in a filterless manner, including: a class D amplifier including a high side transistor and a low side transistor; a high side driver configured to drive the high side transistor; and a low side driver configured to drive the low side transistor, as a pair, wherein the low side driver is configured so that a time for turning off the low side transistor by the low side driver is longer than that for turning off the high side transistor by the high side driver.



Antenna Selection

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A network device communicates with one or another set of antennas depending on an orientation of the network device. The network device includes a first set of one or more antennas, a second set of one or more antennas, a processor, and memory having stored thereon instructions executable by the processor to cause the device to perform functions. The functions include (1) determining that an orientation of the network device is one of a first orientation and a second orientation; (2) if the determined orientation is the first orientation, then causing the network device to communicate using the first set of one or more antennas; and (3) if the determined the orientation is the second orientation, then causing the network device to communicate using the second set of one or more antennas.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATING MOBILE NOISE SOURCE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a system for locating a mobile noise source, a sound sensing device catches a sound wave of a mobile noise source within a specified area for a specified time period, and outputs a characteristic information corresponding to the sound wave. An audio comparing device in communication with the sound sensing device compares the characteristic information with a set of standard data, and outputs an activating signal in response to a specific compared result. An image pickup device in communication with the audio comparing device performs an image pickup operation to catch an image of the mobile noise source in response to the activating signal.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING SIGNAL ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY CONTENT TYPES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are configured to process audio signals to identify content-types. Audio content is received at an audio decoder which decodes the audio content. The decoded audio content is segmented into frames by applying a windowing function to a given audio frame using a window having a time width related to a delay time of the decoder. A power spectrum estimate of a given frame is determined. A mel filter bank is applied to the power spectrum of the frame. A DCT matrix is applied to filter bank energies to generate a DCT output. A log of the DCT output is used to generate a mel coefficient 1. A threshold for the content is dynamically determined. The mel coefficient 1 and the dynamically determined threshold are used to detect a near silence between content-types and to identify the content-types.



CONTENT REPRODUCTION DEVICE, CONTENT REPRODUCTION PROGRAM, AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A content reproduction device including: a sound acquisition unit that acquires a first sound around an user; an reaction detection unit that detects an reaction of the user; a within-period reaction determination unit that determines that there is a within-period reaction in a case in which the reaction is detected within a predetermined period from an acquisition time point of the first sound based on a temporal relation between the first sound and the detected reaction; and a reproduction control unit that performs control such that reproduction of content is restricted or performs control such that a part of the content reproduced within a period in which the detection of the reaction within the predetermined period continues is reproduced again after the period in the case in which the within-period reaction determination unit determines that there is the within-period reaction.



COMPUTATIONALLY EFFICIENT METHOD FOR FILTERING NOISE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for filtering noise from an input signal in a computationally efficient manner are provided. A method includes generating a raw noisy matrix representing the input signal, wherein each element of the raw noisy matrix represents a portion of the input signal, initializing a denoised matrix as equal to the raw noisy matrix, and updating the denoised matrix. Updating the denoised matrix includes iteratively convolving a current version of the denoised matrix with a kernel to generate a convolution matrix, and modifying the denoised matrix based in part on values in the convolution matrix.



CENTRAL NOISE REDUCTION LOUDSPEAKER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A central noise reduction loudspeaker includes a speaker unit, a top cap, a seat body, and a microphone. The speaker unit includes a diaphragm, and the diaphragm includes a central through hole located at center of the diaphragm. The top cap covers the seat body, and the speaker unit is disposed between the top cap and the seat body. The top cap includes a central fixed frame penetrating the central through hole of the diaphragm. The microphone is disposed within the central fixed frame and located in the central through hole. Since the microphone is disposed in central through hole, compared to conventional, the front cavity and the overall size of the loudspeaker or earphone can be reduced and the production process can be simplified.



ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to an active noise control (ANC) system. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the ANC system includes a plurality of microphones and a plurality of loudspeakers. Each microphone is configured to provide an error signal that represents a residual noise signal. Each loudspeaker is configured to receive a loudspeaker signal and to radiate a respective acoustic signal. The ANC system further includes an adaptive filter bank, which is supplied with a reference signal and configured to filter the reference signal to provide the loudspeaker signals as filtered signals. The filter characteristics of the adaptive filter bank are adapted such that a cost function is minimized. The cost function thereby represents the weighted sum of the squared error signals.



INDOOR SOUND-MODULATING DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An indoor sound-modulating device is provided. The indoor sound-modulating device includes a low-frequency noise detector, an automatic actuator and an audio signal generator. The low-frequency noise detector detects low-frequency noise and generates a first modulating signal in response to the detected low-frequency noise. The automatic actuator issues a second modulating signal in response to a predetermined state. The audio signal generator generates a low-frequency audio signal for eliminating the low-frequency noise in response to the first modulating signal and generates a high-frequency repellent audio signal in response to the second modulating signal. The low-frequency audio signal has a frequency ranging from 20 Hz to 350 Hz, while the high-frequency repellent audio signal has a frequency not less than 8000 Hz.



DISPLAY DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An HMD includes an image display section that causes the user to visually recognize an image and transmits an outside scene and a earphone that output sound. The HMD executes, with an AR control section, sound output processing for causing the earphone to output sound corresponding to an image displayed by the image display section and output control processing including sound processing for the sound output by the earphone or processing for the image displayed by the image display section, the output control processing changing the audibility of the sound output by the earphone.



APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING LOCALIZED VIBRATION FIELD, AND METHOD OF DISPOSING EXCITERS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and a method of forming a localized vibration field are provided. The apparatus includes: a plate; a plurality of exciters disposed at a plurality of locations in neighborhood of circumference of the plate and configured to excite the plate; and a driving controller configured to vibrate the plurality of exciters by using a substantially same excitation frequency, wherein the plurality of exciters excite a local region of the plate and suppress vibrations of a rest of regions except the local region of the plate.



SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR PROGRAMMING AND TESTING AUDIO MESSAGING DEVICES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods of audio card programming and testing are disclosed. The programming and testing device comprises a housing, a data storage device contained within the housing, a radio transmission device contained within the housing and adapted to receive data from the data storage device, and an audio transmission device contained within the housing and adapted to receive data from the data storage device.



ACOUSTIC COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mounting system is provided to allow the attachment of an acoustic collector to a handheld electronic device such that sound is conducted directly to the device's microphone. A fitted case or band encloses part of the device and includes a tube running from the collector to the device's microphone. In certain embodiments, the tube may be embedded in the case, and a detachable mount may be provided to connect the collector to the case. The collector may be a stethoscope chestpiece, or an open air collector, such as a parabolic collector.



AUTOMATED USER/SENSOR LOCATION RECOGNITION TO CUSTOMIZE AUDIO PERFORMANCE IN A DISTRIBUTED MULTI-SENSOR ENVIRONMENT

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A wireless device is described. The wireless device includes at least two microphones on the wireless device. The microphones are configured to capture sound from a target user. The wireless device also includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is coupled to the microphones. The processing circuitry is configured to locate the target user. The wireless device further includes a communication interface. The communication interface is coupled to the processing circuitry. The communication interface is configured to receive external device microphone audio from at least one external device microphone to assist the processing circuitry in the wireless device to locate the target user.



DETERMINING DOPPLER SHIFT IN AN AUDIO CHIRP SIGNAL

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of determining Doppler shift of a received audio chirp signal, the received audio chirp signal having a receive frequency profile Doppler shifted relative to a transmit frequency profile that the received audio chirp signal was transmitted with. The method comprises: correlating the received audio chirp signal with a replica audio chirp signal to form a correlation output; identifying a relative alignment of the received audio chirp signal and the replica audio chirp signal to be that at which the received audio chirp signal and the replica audio chirp signal are most highly correlated; and determining the Doppler shift to be that corresponding to the identified relative alignment.



SPEAKER ALIGNMENT

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A controller for controlling a system of speakers, the system of speakers being configured to play out audio signals. The controller is configured to, for each speaker of the system of speakers, (i) transmit a signal to that speaker comprising identification data for that speaker, and (ii) transmit a signal to that speaker comprising an indication of a playout time for playing out an identification sound signal comprising the identification data of that speaker. The controller is configured to receive data indicative of a played out identification sound signal from each speaker as received at a listening location, compare the played out identification sound signals received from the speakers, and based on that comparison, control the speakers to adjust parameters of audio signals played out from the speakers so as to align those played out audio signals at the listening location.



AUDIO CALIBRATION AND ADJUSTMENT

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The subject disclosure is directed towards calibrating sound pressure levels of speakers to determine desired attenuation data for use in later playback. A user may be guided to a calibration location to place a microphone, and each speaker is calibrated to output a desired sound pressure level in its current acoustic environment based upon the attenuation data learned during calibration. During playback, the attenuation data is used. Also described is testing the setup of the speakers, and dynamically adjusting the attenuation data in real time based upon tracking the listener's current location.



CALIBRATION OF ACOUSTIC ECHO CANCELATION FOR MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND IN DYNAMIC ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENTS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-channel sound (MCS) system features intelligent calibration (e.g., of acoustic echo cancelation (AEC)) for use in dynamic acoustic environments. A sensor subsystem is utilized to detect and identify changes in the acoustic environment and determine a “scene” corresponding to the resulting acoustic characteristics for that environment. This detected scene is compared to predetermined scenes corresponding to the acoustic environment. Each predetermined scene has a corresponding pre-tuned filter configuration for optimal AEC performance. Based on the results of the comparison, the pre-tuned filter configuration corresponding to the predetermined scene that most closely matches the detected scene is utilized by the AEC subsystem of the multi-channel sound system.



IMPLEMENTATION METHOD AND DEVICE OF MULTI-BIT MODULATION-BASED DIGITAL SPEAKER SYSTEM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses an implementation method and a device of a multi-bit Δ-Σ modulation-based digital speaker system. The method comprises, 1) digital format converting; 2) oversampling interpolation filtering; 3) multi-bit Δ-Σ modulating; 4) thermometer coding; 5) multi-channel mismatch shaping; 6) coding format converting; 7) multi-channel digital power-amplifying; 8) driving a speaker array or a multiple voice coil speaker to sound. The device comprises: a digital input interface, an oversampling interpolation filter, a multi-bit Δ-Σ modulator, a thermometer coder, a multi-channel mismatch shaper, a coding format converter, a multi-channel digital power-amplifier, and a speaker array or a multiple voice coil speaker; each portion being connected in proper order. The present invention can achieve a high-power output under a low-voltage power supply, save power consumption, implement a single-chip integration of a multi-channel reproducing system, reduce the volume and weight of the system and the implementing cost, and improve the quality of the reproduced sound.



METHOD FOR AND APPARATUS FOR DECODING AN AMBISONICS AUDIO SOUNDFIELD REPRESENTATION FOR AUDIO PLAYBACK USING 2D SETUPS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Sound scenes in 3D can be synthesized or captured as a natural sound field. For decoding, a decode matrix is required that is specific for a given loudspeaker setup and is generated using the known loudspeaker positions. However, some source directions are attenuated for 2D loudspeaker setups like e.g. 5.1 surround. An improved method for decoding an encoded audio signal in soundfield format for L loudspeakers at known positions comprises steps of adding (10) a position of at least one virtual loudspeaker to the positions of the L loudspeakers, generating (11) a 3D decode matrix (D′), wherein the positions (Formula I) of the L loudspeakers and the at least one virtual position (Formula II) are used, downmixing (12) the 3D decode matrix (D′), and decoding (14) the encoded audio signal (i14) using the downscaled 3D decode matrix (Formula III). As a result, a plurality of decoded loudspeaker signals (q14) is obtained.



SPEAKER MODULE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are a speaker module and a manufacturing method therefor. The speaker module comprises a housing and a speaker unit comprising a vibrating diaphragm component and a magnetic circuit component. A front acoustic cavity and a rear acoustic cavity are formed between the speaker unit and the housing. An elastic element is provided on the housing and coupled to the end surface of an open end of the front or rear acoustic cavity. Use of the speaker module can reduce a step of manual fitting of the elastic element, ensure precision and stability, so that the elastic element is not prone to fall off, and tightness between sound outlet hole of the speaker module and sound hole of mobile phone can be ensured. The manufacturing method for the speaker module also can be extended to manufacturing of other structures requiring injection of a soft or rigid material into another material.



APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING INSERTION OR REMOVAL OF AN AUDIO ACCESSORY FROM AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to one aspect, an electronic device for detecting an audio accessory. The electronic device includes an audio jack having at least two detection terminals. The detection terminals are spaced apart and positioned within a socket of the audio jack so when an audio plug of the accessory is inserted into the socket of the audio jack, the detection terminals will be shorted. The presence of a short between the detection terminals is indicative that the audio accessory is present.



SPEAKER IMPEDANCE MONITORING

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A speaker impedance may be determined by monitoring a voltage and/or current of the speaker. The calculated impedance may be used to determine whether the mobile device containing the speaker is on- or off-ear. The impedance determination may be assisted by applying a test tone low level signal to the speaker. The test tone may be inaudible to the user, but used to determine an impedance of the speaker at the frequency of the test tone. The impedance at that test tone may be used to determine whether a resonance frequency of the speaker is at a frequency corresponding to an on- or off-ear condition. The measured speaker impedance may be provided as feedback to an adaptive noise cancellation (ANC) algorithm to adjust the output at the speaker. For example, when the mobile device is removed from the user's ear, the ANC algorithm may be disabled.



WIRELESS RADIO SWITCHING

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments are provided for wireless radio switching in a playback device. An example playback device includes an audio interface to communicate audio information. The example playback device also includes a radio manager to determine, while the playback device is in a bonded zone, that the playback device is not playing audio based on the audio information. The radio manager to also disable communicating via a wireless radio of the playback device when the playback device is not playing audio.



HEARING DEVICE CONFIGURED TO BE PLACED IN THE EAR CANAL OF A USER

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The application relates to a hearing device configured to be placed in the ear canal of a user, the hearing device comprising a forward path adapted for processing an input sound and providing an output sound representative of the input sound, the hearing device comprising an assembly comprising first and second modules adapted for being in mechanical contact with each other when the hearing device is operationally assembled to form a functional unit. The object of the present application is to provide a user friendly hearing device adapted for being located in an ear canal of the user. The problem is solved in that the first module comprises a power supply unit, and the second module comprises an input unit, a signal processing unit and an output unit in operational connection, wherein the first and second modules are configured to provide that the first and second modules are reversibly attachable to and detachable from each other; and the first and second modules are electrically connected to provide that units of the second module are energized by the battery of the first module, when the first and second modules are operationally assembled. This has the advantage of providing relatively simple and easy to use hearing device. The invention may e.g. be used for hearing aids, in particular extended wear hearing aids adapted for being located deep in the ear canal of a user.