In the current paper we report the first evaluation results of the Estonian virtual talking head. The testing scenario involved perceptual experiments with unimodal audio and bimodal audiovisual speech stimuli in five noise conditions. As expected, in the presence of noise, the scores of consonant recognition of audiovisual stimuli were always higher than the scores of audio stimuli. The average recognition error in audio-only presentation was reduced by 42%–65% when the virtual talking head was displayed along with audio.
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