Incorporating relative transfer function preservation into the binaural multi-channel wiener filter

D. Marquardt, E. Hadad, S. Gannot, S. Doclo

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Besides noise reduction, an important objective of binaural speech enhancement algorithms is the preservation of the binaural cues of all sound sources. For the desired speech source and an interfering source, e.g., competing speaker, this can be achieved by preserving their relative transfer functions (RTFs). It has been shown that the binaural multi-channel Wiener filter (MWF) preserves the RTF of the desired speech source, but typically distorts the RTF of the interfering source. To this end, in this paper we propose an extension of the binaural MWF, i.e. the binaural MWF with RTF preservation (MWF-RTF) aiming to preserve the RTF of the interfering source. Analytical expressions for the performance of the binaural MWF and the MWF-RTF in terms of noise reduction and binaural cue preservation are derived, using which their performance is thoroughly compared. Simulation results using binaural behind-the-ear impulse responses measured in a reverberant environment validate the derived analytical expressions, showing that the MWF-RTF yields a better performance than the binaural MWF in terms of the signal-to-interference ratio and binaural cue preservation of the interfering source, while the overall noise reduction performance is slightly degraded.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing (ICASSP)
StatePublished - 2016

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Place of conference:Shanghai, China


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