Multichannel Headset Audio and Synchronized Playback

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3Q 2013 | IN-1017139


DTS Virtual 11.1 on Headphone:X


At the International Broadcaster’s Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam held in mid-September 2013, or at any busy trade show, it is always nice to enter a closed, quiet demonstration room with comfortable chairs. Sometimes, however, we are surprised by what we hear. At IBC this year, DTS had a room equipped with an 11.1 speaker system—presenting us with the standard demo/test suite (“You are now hearing the left elevation speaker….”). Simply, 11.1 speaker systems include a front speaker, two each left, right, and rear, and then four speakers in addition to the subwoofer (the .1) at an elevation to give an all-around sound experience. Some theatrical content is produced in 11.1, while most is produced in 7.1 or 5.1 formats.

After hearing the test suite in the demo room, we were asked to put on off-the-shelf, over-the-ear, good, but standard Sennheiser $80 headphones. Imagine my surprise to hear a perfect rendition of the 1...

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