A new study from Cornell University’s Digital Audio Products Association finds that digital products are better than analog for enhancing the tone of a voice.
In a study of over 7,000 recordings of English speaking adults, researchers found that those who bought digital products for their speech sounded more natural, more professional and more human than those who listened to traditional audio.
Digital products have been around for decades, and the audio industry has been experimenting with digital products to enhance sound quality since the 1960s.
But the digital audio market has exploded in the past few years as more consumers have become savvy about how their voice sounds and how to get the best quality audio experience.
For instance, consumers have been spending more on high-quality headphones.
According to the Consumer Reports report, “more than half of American adults spend at least a little more than $500 a year on headphones for their home theater systems.”
Digital products are often the first choice for audiophiles who have become accustomed to the use of analog.
This new study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, examines how digital products work for the speaker.
The researchers focused on the use and enjoyment of voice-over-computer products like Google’s YouTube and Spotify, which are popular online music services.
These companies have become the most popular music streaming services among young people.
Google and Spotify use the same technologies to deliver the voice-based experience.
The voice-driven YouTube music service has garnered more than one billion monthly users.
Spotify also offers audio-only products, including its own streaming music service called SoundCloud, which features audio-free songs.
The study found that consumers were less satisfied with the audio quality of digital products when compared to traditional audiophones.
“The digital audio products market is one of the most promising opportunities for a voice-to-speech technology to deliver more realistic voiceover experience, but there is still room for improvement,” the study concludes.
This research provides more insight into the relationship between voice-processing technology and voice quality.
“Although we believe voice-powered products are an exciting technology, it will be important to understand how they affect the acoustic characteristics of voice and hear how their acoustic characteristics impact the quality of sound produced by the device,” said James B. Poynter, the lead author of the study and professor of psychology at Cornell.
In other words, are these products good for voice quality, or are they not?
The study also found that people tend to prefer the quality that they hear when using a digital product.
“This is not surprising, given that digital audio devices are designed to be easy to use, easy to set up and easy to customize,” Poyne said.
“People prefer to hear the sound quality that is created when they are in their home environment rather than when they’re using an external microphone.
So, we suspect that people would be less satisfied if their voices were presented in a way that made them sound like they were in the physical world rather than an audio environment.”
Researchers hope that this study will lead to better understanding of the audio characteristics of digital audio and help companies and consumers better design digital products that work for their audience.