Renowned electronics company ASUS has announced that they have collaborated with Swedish digital audio pioneers Dirac on the ROG Phone 6 series, which, like its predecessors, pushes the boundaries to deliver a new standard in mobile audio.
The new smartphone from ASUS features the Dirac Virtuo™ spatial audio solution, which leverages patented algorithms to enable immersive stereo sound from the smartphone’s built-in speakers while also enhancing the speakers’ overall sound quality.
“For the past two years, ASUS and Dirac engineers have continually challenged themselves to deliver better sound experiences with each iteration of the ROG Phone series,” said Mats Oberg, Chief Commercial Officer, Dirac. “Now, working with ASUS, we’ve integrated the Dirac Virtuo™ spatial audio solution into the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro to deliver something rare in the smartphone market — a gaming smartphone with truly immersive, audiophile-grade sound.”
Smartphone audio performance has, historically, been limited. The speakers are necessarily small and closely positioned, which can create an unsatisfactory, mono-like sound experience that lacks dynamism and immersion – even when the device features a two-speaker stereo system. Furthermore, the small speakers cannot reproduce all the deep bass frequencies found in the original content, which can leave gaming content sounding flat and lifeless.
Dirac Virtuo addresses these challenges head-on to reimagine the smartphone audio experience. The solution enables a spatial, expanded soundscape with accurate sound localization on the ROG Phone 6 series. The directions from which different sounds appear are heard with higher precision and accuracy. For instance, when opponents move across the screen, the player can clearly hear their footsteps – smoothly entering from left, approaching the center, and continuing to fade to the right, creating a true, authentic sense of immersion and spatialization.
“Our multi-year collaboration with Dirac has repeatedly challenged the smartphone audio status quo and created entirely new listening experiences for our gaming community,” stated Bryan Chang, General Manager of the Phone Business Unit, ASUS. “Each ROG smartphone offers a significant leap forward in terms of sound quality, audio immersion, and bass performance – and the ROG Phone 6 series is no different. Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with Dirac, we’re yet again equipping our community with a sound experience that will impress even the most discerning gamer.”
The new ROG series includes the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro, the most powerful ROG Phones ever made. They are powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform with up to 3.2 GHz CPU clock speeds, up to 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512 GB of storage.
The GameFX audio system on the ROG Phone 6 series features symmetrical dual front-facing stereo speakers, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The smartphone will also support the ROG Cetra True Wireless headphones, which feature the Dirac OpteoTM sound optimization solution – which digitally optimizes the headphone’s sound to overcome hardware limitations and enable them to perform at their full potential.
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