surround sound

Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google's virtual reality Cardboard platform is getting even more immersive, with support for spatial sound. The latest addition to the Cardboard API, spatial sound will allow developers to position audio in 3D space around the viewer, even though they're only using a regular pair of headphones.

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Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Since it seems that mobile display technology is starting to slow down a bit, with 2K screens on smartphones these days, developers, manufacturers, and even users are starting to turn their attention to the next area of immersive multiimedia experience: audio. Some, like Sony, are already banking on what is being billed hi-res quality, but sometimes higher quality just isn't enough on mobile. There is still that distinct lack of "spatial audio" that you experience out in the open. And that is exactly the problem that Dysonics is trying to address with its RAPPR software and RondoMotion headphone sensor duo.

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DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS makes things you can hear, but not touch. Though you may not realize it straight away, that great sound coming from your smartphone, tablet, or home theater system may be due to DTS. The Lamborghini Tauri phone is the latest to have DTS, signaling their high-end engagement with customers. Now, DTS is teasing something new for us, though details are a bit tight. DTS:X is a new, object-based codec for use in various hardware components, and will come out in March 2015.

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Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

You must assume that Google’s next update to Street View will be in the sound realm. Until they get enough mini-drones to travel the globe for us live, they’ll be relying on still images. But more than that - as proven here by hearing aid company Amplifon - they may well be moving to sound next.

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Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby has brought its fancy new surround technology first to the cinemas and then to mobile devices. Now the audio experts are bringing Atmos back to a bigger screen again, but this time, the kind that fits in your living room. You heard that right, pun unintended. Dolby is bringing Atmos to your home so that you can enjoy all the audio goodness that the technology has to offer, right from the comfort of your couch.

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Philips Fidelio HLT9100 soundbar with pull-off satellite speakers hits stores

Philips Fidelio HLT9100 soundbar with pull-off satellite speakers hits stores

Philips' Fidelio HTL9100 soundbar, the speaker system which can offer both virtual and true 5.1 surround sound thanks to detachable speakers, has finally made it to store shelves. Landing in the UK at £699 ($1,077), the HLT9100 looks at first glance like a regular soundbar, and indeed operates normally in either stereo or virtual-surround modes; however, the end sections can also be detached and positioned behind your sofa or chair, with the Fidelio system automatically kicking into true surround mode.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14: Surround speakers you probably can’t afford to hide

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14: Surround speakers you probably can’t afford to hide

Danish style-merchant Bang & Olufsen has revealed its latest beautifully crafted, painfully expensive surround sound system, the BeoLab 14. Consisting of four aluminum speakers - which can be wall- or ceiling-mounted, or equipped with slender desk or floor stands - and a tapered subwoofer with an 8-inch bass driver, the BeoLab 14 setup pushes out a total of 840W.

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VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar Review

VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar Review

This week we've had a peek at the soon-to-market VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar, a speaker unit that comes packaged with a wireless subwoofer, two satellite speakers, and the ability to connect wirelessly (or wired) to your HDTV. While several different wired connections are available, the main sound bar connects with the subwoofer using Bluetooth - and you're able to connect to your television using this system as well.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Streaming music specialist Sonos has been hinting at home theater expansion for years now, but it's taken until today for the fruits of that ambition to arrive: the Sonos PLAYBAR, aiming for a spot under your TV. Promising the traditional Sonos ease of setup and use, but with a dual-personality catering both for TV and movie audio, and for music, the PLAYBAR hooks up as another zone in your home entertainment network and packs nine speakers as well as playing nicely with other PLAY models. We caught up with Sonos to find out why the PLAYBAR was special.

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Unmonday 4.3L speaker makes it easy to configure your surround sound

Unmonday 4.3L speaker makes it easy to configure your surround sound

Surround sound is nice and all, but sometimes it can be a pain in the rear end to set up. Wireless speakers definitely help with that, if you want to quickly change things around, it can take some time. However, a Finnish company by the name of Unmonday has released what they claim to be "the first portable Dolby surround sound, ceramic AirPlay speaker."

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Turtle Beach reveals new 2012 gaming headphones

Turtle Beach reveals new 2012 gaming headphones

Audio accessories maker Turtle Beach has unveiled its new lineup of gaming headsets ahead of their debut at CES 2012. The new headsets include the Ear Force X42 and the Ear Force X32, both designed for the Xbox 360, as well as the Ear Force Z11 designed for PC gamers. Additionally, the company announced a sound processor and a slew of headsets for mobile devices.

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LG BH9420PW 3D home theater system delivers 9.1 channels

LG BH9420PW 3D home theater system delivers 9.1 channels

LG has previewed a quartet of new home theater systems ahead of CES 2012 next week, positioning the 3D speaker kits as ideal pairings for the company's own CINEMA 3D Smart TVs. The LG BH9420PW integrates what LG calls "3D Sound Zooming" tech, mapping the sound to follow the virtual position of the 3D image based on its on-screen depth.

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