Dolby, a company that is synonymous with sound quality, announced a new set of audio technologies at CES which will greatly improve the consumer’s audio experience on laptops and PCs. The new technology and standard is part of the fourth generation of the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience, which includes two technology suites– Dolby Home Theater v4 and Dolby Advanced Audio v2.
Dolby Advanced Audio v2 offers virtual surround sound (for built-in speakers), in addition to a volume leveler, volume maximizer, graphic equalizer, audio optimizer, and an audio regulator. All of these components work together to deliver a consistent listening experience that allows the user to set one volume and stick to it. It does not matter if the user is listening to an MP3, watching a YouTube clip, or playing a DVD, the audio volume will be leveled and the quality will be as high-fidelity as it gets.
Dolby Home Theater v4 offers a surround decoder, surround virtualizer (for speakers or headphones), dialog enhancer, volume leveler, volume maximizer, intelligent equalizer, graphic equalizer, Dolby Digital Output, audio optimizer, and audio regulator. The user can crank up the volume without causing noise or clipping and the regulator will prevent distortion that’s caused by overdriven speakers. Dialog and voices will be more prevalent, and will not be overshadowed by background sound/music. The user can stream audio from their PC to their home theater over S/PDIF or HDMI, and it will be encoded into a Dolby Digital format in real-time. The surround decoder can convert stereo content into 5.1 or 7.1-channel surround sound and can convert 5.1 into 7.1 surround sound.
PCs with the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience will have an application which allows the user to easily access and customize their listening experiences. They will have complete control over which features of the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience are enabled. Acer will be the first to release laptops that incorporate the new Dolby technology on their high-end Aspire Ethos line. The Aspire Z Series all-in-one PCs from Acer will also feature the new technology.
Check out Dolby’s YouTube clip for an easy understanding of what their PC Entertainment Experience has to offer.