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More on Dolby Virtual Speaker Posted November 6, 2002 EST 7:04PM by Agitator!!


I contacted Dolby Labs last week looking for some additional information on their recently announced Virtual Speaker technology. If you didn't catch the original announcement, Dolby Virtual Speaker technology is a new alternative to multispeaker systems. Using a next-generation virtualizing technique, it is supposed to provide convincing multichannel surround sound with just two stereo speakers.
    Dolby Virtual Speaker technology is a proprietary process that can be included in a wide variety of products (such as DVD players, TV sets, PCs, personal speaker systems, and home theater systems) to provide a true-to-life 5.1 surround-sound experience with just two speakers. Working in conjunction with Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, it enhances the playback of any program material, from 5.1-channel DVDs and satellite programming to stereo music CDs and MP3 files.
James Joseph Arnold, Director of Public Relations for Dolby Labs, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
    DS: Is Dolby Virtual Speaker a hardware only solution? If yes, will any manufacturers release an standalone add-in card? If no, will the software be downloadable?

    JJA: We expect InterVideo to make the new play{er} with Dolby Virtual Speaker technology available for purchase from their website by November 11th ( www.intervideo.com ). Software applications will be available also from CyberLink and NVIDIA later this fall.
He also went on to add the following from InterVideo:
    InterVideo's WinDVD 4, the latest version of its DVD player for PCs, is now available on three shipping desktop PC models from Fujitsu. "The improved audio and video quality of WinDVD 4 and the powerful features of the DESKPOWER PCs make these systems a great value for watching DVDs and any other multimedia tasks." WinDVD 4 is the most sophisticated DVD-playing software that InterVideo has ever created and includes over 30 new features that make watching DVDs on a computer more vivid and theater-like. WinDVD 4 includes improvements in video quality and enhanced audio with new technologies from Dolby and also adds: Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone for surround sound on only 2 speakers or headphones.
Since no products have been announced, it's only speculation, but it's possible that the next version of NVIDIA's nVDVD software could incorporate the Dolby Virtual Speaker. If you want to read more on Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, click here for the White Paper.




Name: Parker
E-mail: jean-pierre.chabanne@chello.fr
Date: May 26, 2003 EDT 2:08AM
Comment: Good idea. DVS will be a huge step in PC sound/MP3



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Date: November 27, 2002 EST 11:10AM
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Name: Rocker
E-mail: N/A
Date: November 8, 2002 EST 10:29PM
Comment: Any idea on how much it will cost? It might be worth a look if it's under $20.



Name: Chris
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Date: November 8, 2002 EST 4:37PM
Comment: I'm looking forward to see how this technology works with games. Since it is a software solution there is a concern about how much CPU it will eat up.



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Date: November 8, 2002 EST 5:35AM
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