DTS Lines Up Audio Suppliers To Support DTS:X Surround

Home-audio components, Blu-ray discs with DTS:X surround sound to appear in 2015
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Calabasas, Calif. – Home audio manufacturers accounting for almost 90 percent of A/V receiver and surround processor sales will introduce products incorporating DTS:X object-based surround-sound decoding, DTS announced.

The technology will compete will Dolby Atmos object-based surround technology already appearing in home-audio components from such companies as Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer and others.

Companies launching DTS:X electronics in 2015 consist of Anthem, Denon, Integra, Krell, Marantz, McIntosh, Onkyo, Outlaw Audio, Pioneer, Steinway Lyngdorf, Theta Digital, Trinnov Audio and Yamaha, DTS said. Additional companies adopting the technology will be announced “in the coming months,” DTS added.

DTS:X solutions will also be available in 2015 from AVR silicon platforms “representing the majority of the DSP platform market share,” the company said. They include Cirrus Logic, Analog Devices and Texas Instruments.

DTS said the “official launch” of DTS:X is planned for March 2015, when the company said it would offer more information about its technology.

Industry personnel have been told that home theater speaker configurations designed for Dolby Atmos playback could be used to play back DTS:X soundtracks.

A DTS spokesman confirmed that. “DTS:X is based on arbitrary rendering,” he said, “so any speaker layout can be supported.” DTS has “worked with manufacturers to make sure the first implementations include pre-selected [speaker] layouts which overlap with familiar layouts,” he added.

The spokesman also said Blu-ray discs with DTS:X soundtracks will be available 2015. “We are working with various studios, but the specific release dates will be theirs to communicate at a later date,” he said.

As for DTS:X appearing in theatrical releases in cinemas, he would say only that “more about the DTS:X program will be revealed in the coming months.”

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