LEDR™ - Listening Environment Diagnostic Recording Test


The trademarked LEDR test signal is the brainchild of acoustician Doug Jones. We'd like to thank Prof. Jones for granting us the permission to put this test online.

Background

LEDR™ stands for Listening Environment Diagnostic Recording, a test to subjectively evaluate the accuracy of stereo image reproduction.

In the eighties, psychoacousticians began researching what are called pinna transforms, the way in which the shape of the outer ear filters the incoming sounds and permits our brain to infer their location. By embedding the filtering characteristics of the pinna into the audio signal, sound can be moved around the listener's head from a single pair of loudspeakers.

The LEDR test generates pinna-filtered audio that will literally float around your speakers, assuming your sound reproduction system is neutral enough to preserve the original signal characteristics.

These test signals are not designed for headphone use.

The Test Files

You will now be testing your stereo system and room acoustics for correct imaging. If you have any problem reproducing the LEDR test, look for interfering room surfaces in the direction of the distortion.

UP Left UP Right OVER LATERAL BEHIND

UP paths, Left and Right. The sound should begin at about eye level and then travel as straight as possible up to one or two meters above the loudspeaker. Use the Left and Right paths to check for symmetry. If the sound does not rise up from your loudspeakers, try using high quality headphones instead. If headphones work, your loudspeakers and/or listening environment are at fault. If not, the pinna transform embedded into the test signal is possibly too different from your own pinna transfer function; the LEDR test will then fail in this particular case.

OVER. The sound should begin at one speaker and travel in a smooth arc to the other speaker, from left to right and then return back to the left. The arc should be unbroken, smooth and symmetrical. The top of the rainbow should be as high as the Up signals.

LATERAL. This signal tests for conventional left-to-right stereo imaging. Since a speaker's acoustic center may not be its physical center, you should use the Lateral test to adjust your speakers until the sound traverses a 60 degrees angle from the listener's point of view.

BEHIND. This signal moves from behind the left to behind the right, then back behind the left again.

Help Me Help You!

Is AudioCheck free? Not for me. Your support keeps this site running and growing without ads. Every donation gets rewarded with an access to • uncompressed .wav files downloads, for every test • sample rates up to 192 kHz, in the tone generator section • a suggestion box, on every page • no ads, never.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!
EU ← living in the EU?

If you already are a patron, please log in.


Ads will disappear with 3 visitors contributing today. Still missing 1...

My Recommendation

If you are looking for pretty nice headphones, here is my favorite in terms of 'best value for the money' : the HD668b. If money is not an issue, try the HD600.

My Other Websites

HearingTest​.online myNoise.net
Check out your hearing online, with this serious test!Audiophile-quality noises and soundtracks for every day use!