- Dolby technologies of various stripes will appear in multiple new products
here at CES, where Motorola announced plans to incorporate volume-leveling Dolby
Volume technology in a line of cable-TV settop boxes.
In cable boxes, the technology
maintains a consistent perceived volume level when channels are changed and a
TV program transitions to a commercial. Dolby Volume also dynamically and
automatically compensates for the human ear's lower sensitivity to bass and
treble sounds as volume levels decrease, ensuring that low- and high-frequency
sounds are audible when a program's volume is automatically lowered to a user's
preset listening level, Dolby said.
Dolby Volume already appears in audio
products from ARCAM, Harmon Kardon, Sherwood, Bryston, Emotiva, Parasound, Onkyo,
and Integra. In these products, Dolby Volume also controls volume levels when
switching among connected sources, such as Blu-ray players and cable boxes. The
technology will also appear in new TVs to be announced this week at CES by a supplier
who adopted the technology last year..
cable boxes, Dolby Volume will appear in Motorola's DCX family of set-top boxes
for the North American and Latin American markets. The currently available
DCX3400 HD-DVR and DCX3200 HD can be updated with Dolby Volume by cable
operators. The DCX700 and DCX3300 HD set-tops will ship with Dolby Volume
included. Consumers would turn on Dolby Volume through the settings menu of the
In other Dolby news, at least one more AV receiver maker will
launch its first AV receivers with Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which adds front-height
channels to 5.1- and 7.1-channel home theaters. AVRs
from Denon, Integra, Marantz, and Onkyo already offer the technology.
In addition, at least two laptop makers, one PC maker, and some
netbook makers will launch new products incorporating the company's Dolby Home
Theater suite of technologies, Dolby said. Their names will be released in
coming days. The Dolby Home Theater suite of technologies is already used by
HP, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo and Acer, Dolby said. The Home Theater suite of
technologies consists of Audio Optimization, High-Frequency
Enhancer, Natural Bass, Dolby Headphone, Sound Space Expander, Dolby Pro Logic
IIx, and Dolby Digital Live, which converts soundtracks to Dolby Digital in
real time for playback through connected CE devices.
Las Vegas - Dolby technologies of various stripes will appear in multiple new products here at CES, where Motorola announced plans to incorporate volume-leveling Dolby Volume technology in a line of cable-TV settop boxes.