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Surround Sound

October 6, 2005 One of the problems with most MP3 players is the lack of volume and lack of power to enable high quality headphones to be used, preventing the players from being used in many circumstances where there is high ambient noise. This new pocket-sized audio amplifier and two-way splitter called the Boostaroo Revolution overcomes the low volume and flat sound problems as it has the power to drive two sets of high-end headphones (greater than 60 ohm impedance for best results) or mini-speakers, quadruples their volume, and images high-definition 3-channel surround sound. Read More
September 8, 2005 It’s a small step for technology, as wireless household more running cables or tripping over speaker wires. Logitech has announced the world's first THX-certified 5.1 speaker system with digital wireless dual rear speakers. The new Logitech Z-5450 Digital speakers, ideal for use with the living room entertainment center or the office PC, provide flexibility in setting up an instant surround-sound system. Each of the independent rear speakers can be placed anywhere within 8.5 meters (28 feet) of the speaker system control center, requiring only a power outlet; no unsightly speaker wires running around the room, yet no compromise on quality. With THX-certification and 315 watts of power, these speakers help create a theater-quality movie watching experience and provide enough thump to help people feel like they're inside the game. Read More
December 14, 2004 MP3, the world's most popular audio compression format is about to go multi-channel. Scientists and engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, who developed MP3 together with colleagues from Thomson and Agere Systems, have joined to launch MP3 Surround into the consumer and commercial markets. This technology will enable 5.1 channel surround sound for a broad spectrum of applications including web-based music distribution, broadcasting systems, PC-related audiovisual or gaming applications, consumer electronics and automotive systems. Read More
Gizmo tries out Mentor's sensational new headphones which offer true 5.1 Surround Sound by surrounding each ear with six independent chambers, creating the sensation that each sound is coming from a particular direction. The result is extraordinary. Read More
Another major CeBIT premiere was the next generation of MP3 technology demonstrated by the Fraunhofer Institute - MP3 Surround technology, which provides a multi-channel listening experience with minimum effort and maximum compatibility. Read More
A new spatial, immersive sound system called IOSONO, which creates an unparalleled listening experience, has been previewed by Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, the often called "father of MP3". Developed by a team at the Fraunhofer IDMT (part of Europe's largest applied research group) under the lead of Brandenburg, IOSONO is the first system to project sounds as if they are coming from a specific spot inside or outside the listening area. It provides a perfectly balanced "sweet spot" for every spectator, no matter where they are positioned in the audience. Read More
Bose have released a new audio system for home theatre that it claims can deliver a surround-sound experience that is extraordinarily close to a full five-speaker system using just two visible speakers. Read More