DOI: 10.1121/10.0022994 ISSN: 0001-4966

A hat-shape error microphone array for user-friendly spatial active noise control

Huiyuan Sun, Craig Jin, Jihui (Aimee) Zhang, Prasanga N. Samarasinghe, Thushara Abhayapala
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Spatial active noise control (ANC) has been developed in the past decades to reduce unwanted acoustic noise over a desired region by generating an anti-noise field with secondary loudspeakers. Unlike conventional multi-channel ANC systems, the integration of spherical harmonic-based sound field analysis allows the ANC system to reduce noise over a continuous region surrounding the user's head rather than discrete points. However, the use of a spherical error microphone array on the boundary of the region for spherical harmonic analysis poses a limitation as it obstructs user access to the controlled area. In this work, we introduce a hat-shaped error microphone array design which can be placed above the listener's head. The proposed error microphone array can achieve spherical harmonic-based residual noise field analysis and is more user-friendly, allowing unrestricted user head movement. We construct the hat-shaped error microphone array and present the results of ANC experiments conducted using the array.

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