Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

Dolby Laboratories has announced the introduction of Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology provides home theater enthusiasts with a solution for 7.1-channel playback of traditional stereo and 5.1-channel content, while maintaining all the richness and clarity inherent in any Dolby audio technology.

Extending the advanced matrix decoding techniques first introduced in Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, when added to a music or movie playback source, provides the most natural and seamless surround sound experiences available.

This new Dolby technology, when incorporated into audio/video receiver and processor products, will provide home theater enthusiasts with a flexible upgrade path, allowing them to connect extra channels and speakers to their 5.1- or 6.1-channel systems in the future.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx is the first technology to offer the choice of processing traditional stereo music and movie content into a 6.1- or 7.1-channel listening experience.

Home theater is about personal choice and lifestyle. For many consumers, a traditional 5.1 system provides the best performance within their listening environments, said Craig Eggers, Director, Consumer Technology Marketing, Dolby Laboratories.
However, with the introduction of Dolby Digital EX, home theatre enthusiasts began integrating two rear speakers with their side surrounds, Eggers continued. Soon, they were demanding independent 7.1-channel performance from their systems. Dolby Pro Logic IIx satisfies that need by introducing four independent full-range surround channels. The result is a highly compelling and natural multichannel listening experience.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology is ideally suited for a wide range of potential audiences, including:

- early-adopter A/V enthusiasts upgrading 5.1-channel or Dolby Digital EX home theaters to 6.1- or 7.1-channel status
- discerning listeners who demand a seamless, enveloping music and movie experience and the most versatility from their surround sound systems
- consumers of traditional two-channel content (such as laserdisc, VHS, or stereo TV) who appreciate natural, full-range multichannel listening experiences
- music lovers seeking a highly dramatic and natural-sounding multichannel experience from CDs, compact cassettes, MP3 files, and high-quality FM stereo broadcasts
- video game enthusiasts who appreciate the dramatic spatial effects, low-frequency background ambience, and vivid imaging

Continuing the Tradition of Innovation Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology expands upon highly sophisticated discrete and matrix decoding technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories, ensuring the highest quality and most thrilling audio experience available from today's entertainment software. Incorporating the very best elements of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, and Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology expands consumers' surround sound options beyond the 5.1-channel listening experience. Any speaker configuration from 5.1 to 7.1 channels can be used with Dolby Pro Logic IIx, depending on individual preference and system capabilities.

Products Coming Soon
The first consumer electronics products to incorporate Dolby Pro Logic IIx signal processing will be announced at the CEDIA 2003 show (September 5-7) in Indianapolis. These include:

- Arcam DIVA AVR300 AV Receiver
- Fosgate FAP-T1 Plus
- Marantz SR7400
- Meridian Audio Ltd G68 Surround Processor
- Pioneer VSX-59TXi
- Yamaha RX-Z9

The following hardware manufacturers will offer upgrades for current models in the marketplace. These include:

- Denon AVR5803 A/V receiver
- TAG McLaren AVR32
- TAG McLaren AV192 R
- Marantz SR9300, SR9200, SR8300, SR8200, and SR7300
- Meridian Audio Ltd Model 861 Surround Processor

Dolby anticipates further announcements shortly from leading consumer electronics hardware manufacturers, including Harman Kardon, Integra, Kenwood, Onkyo, and Sony.

In addition, a variety of DSP implementations are being developed by leading manufacturers of integrated circuits including:

- Cirrus Logic (CS49300) and (CS49400)
- Fujitsu (MB8634x) and (MB86D4x)
- Yamaha (YSS941) and (YSS942)
- Analog Devices (SHARC Melody, ADSP2116IN)
- Texas Instruments
- Motorola
- New Japan Radio Co. Ltd
- Asahi-Kasei

Dolby Laboratories' reputation for innovation and quality in developing multichannel surround sound technologies is well established with the theatergoer, the home theater enthusiast, and even the most casual listener, said Eggers. Nevertheless, it is particularly gratifying to see so many of our partners embrace this new technology as soon it became available. We look forward to working with all of our partners to deliver this new technology to the home theater enthusiast, he added.

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Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

I never said a spherical speaker system was practical, or even reasonable.The point being is, that is what *WOULD* be needed to truly emulate spacial 3 dimensional audio.Other attempts have been made in the past that were pretty good (Anyone remember Q Sound?) But that went only as far as 360 degree sound on a two dimensional plane.I'm not saying that 7.1 is even needed at this point in time, nor a significant improvement.My statement was more or less to try to explain to GS (who seems to think we only need 2 speakers) that the more speakers you have (placed in the appropriate coordinates) the more natural the sound field will be perceived.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

Who the hell has space for speakers behind their seating position?!?! You would need a dedicated home cinema room or something.I wouldn't mind having 7.1 speakers... heck I wouldn't mind having 15 speakers and a couple of subwoofers and a 60" plasma screen... but as things stand it just costs way to much for the extra quality that you get.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

Okay, listen up, you d!ckwads. First off, I don't care about 7.1. All that matters is that gay companies like Microsoft are gonna buy the whole thing off. Next, I bet you, a couple of years ago when 5.1 wasn't so mainstream, people were going:"Oh, I wouldn't pay a billion bux 2 buy a 5.1 system. I have 2 speakers without BASS that'll f.u.c.k. up my hearing...but sound is sound. I don't care. I'll never buy into that stuff, even if it's so godly superior like the way it is a the movies. Wow, those gay rich spoiled white and asian kids must be out of their minds."Now here you are, praising that your little 5.1 system is better than any system *including the gayXBOX* in the world. STFU and grow up and pay Dolby your billions so they can rip you off like Microsoft. Enough said. Soon, you'll get that 7.1 system and claim that you've never had hyprocitical thoughts, like you have now! Be gone...

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

Anon: WTF?Nobody should listen to "matriXBOXsucks" as he is a triple agent pretending that he is working for the KGB the CIA but his real job is for his own agency, DOP - d1ckwits on patrol.The real reason that he likes 7.1 sound is because he is into beastiality and wants to listen to 7 different animal noises whilst he jerks off.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

Is it just me or is matrixXBOXsucks a 7th grader that posts as soon as he gets his parents permission to get on the net when he gets back from school after 3:00 and thinks he is smarter then everybody else here when really his IQ hits around 89. You wouldn't know good sound if it came and f**ked you in the ass because you would orgasm the instant it hit your prostate.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

WHO GIVES A F*CK. MOST OF YOU RETARD LISTEN TO PUNK ASS MUSIC. MOST OF THOSE SHOULD BE BANNED BECAUSE IT ROTS MOST OF TODAY'S KID. YEAH YOU HEARD ME RIGHT...YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A WANNABE PUNK ASS KID WHO GROW THEIR HAIR LONG & WEAR BAGGY PANTS. MOST OF YOU LOSER WILL NEVER BE RICH LIKE ME. MOST OF YOU THINK OF COOL BEING A SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT. MOST OF YOU ARE TOTAL F*CKED UP LOSER. GET OUT & FIND WORK YOU LAZY ASS MONKEY. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M WASTING TAX MONEY ON LOSER LIKE YOU. F*CK YOU ALL.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

First of all thanks for using my name again matrixXBOXsucks. I am already rich, I have done things in my life you can never imagine of accomplishing because we can all tell what intellegence level you are at. I am a computer hardware engineer and have a job....your still in high school so calm down loser.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

uh 7.1 is not as new as it seems. Hercules has been pushing 7.1 for years and only recently has it gotten acceptance. Oh and if you rielly want to know what 7.1 speaker system is like then go see an imax film since most use that with the result of a truly ear shattering experience.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

@ Allen LMAO great commentary.@GS. Humans may only have 2 ears, but we have near infinite directional perception, Not only 360 degrees 2 dimensional, but 3 dimensional as well. This includes height, width of the sound, and spacial reasoning.it isn't as simple as left and right, but a myriad directions.To truly emulate 3D audio, we would need a spherical speaker system.

Games, Music and Movies all in 7.1

i got 5.1 system. I find 7.1 extremely pointles, u just pay 50% more. whats this shit bout 3d..height, u want me to put 1 of them under my seat and other one in the ceiling. It took me 5 hours to set up 5.1 e speakers. Only thing i like bout thouse systems is subwoofer cuz i updated from 2 standard desktop speakers to trust soundwave 3000 system. ALOT of games still dont support surround sound, its split into two channels, some morons only have creative EAX support, not the only eax u no. U want to listen to ur MP3s, stick with 2 channels... ye well pointless

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