DTS Announces DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Audio Standard

DTS Announces DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Audio Standard
 Friday, June 16, 2000  
DTS Announces DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Audio Standard
DTS formally announced a new program for the implementation of the DTS-ES Extended Surround Format. The DTS-ES program includes the introduction of the new DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Discrete format, which employs a new, proprietary technology for the playback of discrete, 6.1-channel content from DVDs and CDs. This latest innovation from DTS is the first of its kind, and it elevates the performance standard for playback of the DTS 6.1-channel Extended Surround format introduced in motion picture theaters last year. Content mixed especially for DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 will be available later this summer.

The new Denon AVR-5800 A/V Surround Receiver is the world’s first audio component to feature DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 decoding. It is powered by two Analog Devices SHARC 32 bit floating point DSP processors-the most advanced DSP devices on the market-along with 16 of Analog Devices’ reference AD-1853 24-bit/192 kHz DACs. This is the first DSP implementation to support the DTS-ES program. The new AVR-5800 A/V receiver also features DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6, Dolby Digital, THX Surround EX and Dolby Pro Logic decoding, as well as THX 5.1 and 4.0 post-processing, a variety of additional DSP modes and stereo audio.

David Birch Jones, Denon marketing manager notes: “We are extremely proud to be the first-ever manufacturer to offer a product with DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 decoding capability. Thanks to the inclusion of DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 along with DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 along with DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS Neo:6 decoding in our new flagship AVR-5800 A/V receiver, Denon is able to clearly distinguish itself as the standard-setter in high-end audio/video receiver design and performance.”

“Analog Devices� Melody DTS-ES Extended Surround decoder powered by our 32-bit SHARC DSP will help expand the market for this new playback format since it delivers the sound quality of the recording studio combined with the listening experience of the movie theater,” says Mike Haidar, general manager, Software & Systems Technology Division, Analog Devices, Inc. “We have jointly engineered this decoder with DTS and Denon, combined it with the industry�s highest-performance audio DAC, the AD1853, and included the ability to decode all legacy DTS soundtracks.”

In addition to DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 decoding, the new DTS-ES program includes the introduction of the DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 surround decoding format, which offers backward compatibility with existing ES matrix-encoded content, and DTS Neo:6, which is a matrix technology that derives up to 6.1-channel playback from conventional, stereo program material.

The creative community is supportive of DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, and new content will be available on both DVD and CD this summer. “It has been a pleasure to work with companies and artists who are willing to innovate new performance standards for a format that was introduced just last year,” states Ross Hering, vice president of marketing for DTS Professional Audio. “We anticipate positive consumer response to this enhanced entertainment experience.”

For more information, contact DTS at 818-706-3525.

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