The study was carried out by Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, a music psychologist at Goldsmith’s, University of London, in collaboration with Sonos. More than 12,000 people were surveyed.
It also found higher quality sound has a positive effect on people’s experience of music. Those experiencing good sound liked the music 20 per cent more than those listening to a reduced quality.
Dr Müllensiefen said: “In summary, it can be said that a high sound quality has a significant correlation to stronger positive emotions, a richer musical experience and general happiness.
“It is also exciting to note that this is apparently not a culturally influenced effect, since there were hardly any differences in the results between the individual countries.”