Evaluation of impressions of the impulsiveness of noise emitted by office equipment

Masayuki Takada, Kohei Sakemi, Ki Hong Kim, Shin Ichiro Iwamiya, Takayuki Ito, Toru Watanabe, Shouichi Yoshikawa

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Abstract

The impact sounds emitted by office equipment such as printers and copy machines are one of the major factors affecting their sound quality during operation. In the present study, impressions of the impulsiveness and overall perceptive sound quality (i.e., auditory pleasantness) of noises emitted by three types of office equipment (laser printers, multifunctional peripherals), and their attachments, such as automatic document feeders and duplex units) were measured by jury tests using adjective scales with seven Likert-type scale categories. The results showed that impressions of impulsiveness increased as the amplitude of impact sounds increased. Furthermore, impressions of impulsiveness were related to the auditory quality induced by the stimuli. Impulsiveness was highly correlated with the acoustic measure of the fifth percentile sound pressure level (L A5). Furthermore, to examine the criteria for the judgment of the improvement of impulsive sounds using L A5, the degree of botheration for the same stimuli was evaluated. The proportions of participants who evaluated the stimuli as bothersome were calculated for each stimulus. The relationship between the response rates and L A5 was obtained by logistic regression analysis. From the regression results, L A5 values of stimuli that were evaluated as being bothersome by more than half of the participants were around 56 dB for the three types of office equipment. We thus conclude that products emitting noise with L A5 values above 56 dB should be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2011, INTER-NOISE 2011
Pages3071-3076
Number of pages6
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event40th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2011, INTER-NOISE 2011 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Sep 4 2011Sep 7 2011

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Other40th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2011, INTER-NOISE 2011
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period9/4/119/7/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Takada, M., Sakemi, K., Kim, K. H., Iwamiya, S. I., Ito, T., Watanabe, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2011). Evaluation of impressions of the impulsiveness of noise emitted by office equipment. In 40th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2011, INTER-NOISE 2011 (Vol. 4, pp. 3071-3076)