The Haas Effect

The "Haas effect" derives from a 1951 paper by Helmut Haas. Haas examined how the perception of speech is affected in the presence of a single, coherent sound reflection. Haas found that humans localize sound sources in the direction of the first arriving sound despite the presence of a single reflection from a different direction. A single auditory event is perceived. A reflection arriving later than 1 ms after the direct sound increases the perceived level and spaciousness (more precisely the perceived width of the sound source). A single reflection arriving within 5 to 30 ms can be up to 10 dB louder than the direct sound without being perceived as a secondary auditory event (echo). 

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