Neither dB(A) nor Loudness: Beyond them? 2001-01-3971
This paper goes beyond the usual Loudness and make the introduction of a new parameter called Perceived Magnitude, developed by Stevens, as an improvement to qualify/quantify acoustic sensations. As a pioneer application we have applied it to quantify some acoustic sources associated to automotive industry. We emphasize the differences concerning Loudness and Perceived Magnitude, and show the right way to compare the results. The sound pressure level spectra of some sources in octave bands are used to calculate the overall noise in SONES associated to the above parameters as well the usual dB(A). A suggestive and innovative spectral composition weighted by the above functions is introduced to interpret the results. Finally we discuss the benefits we can achieve using the new parameter in vehicle acoustics.