Dolby Laboratories, since the day it introduced its revolutionary noise-reduction technology for tape, has promoted the faithful reproduction of audio recordings. Its newest product suite, Audistry by Dolby, takes the leap from “faithful” to “personal,” explains Chris Bennett, vice president and general manager for Dolby in Australia, where its recently acquired Audistry division is based.
The first product with Audistry by Dolby, Sharp’s 1-bit SD-SP10 surround/subwoofer system ($350), has already debuted, and Dolby is touting the technology among other potential licensees for product categories where size may otherwise limit sonic performance -- namely, MP3 audio players, mobile phones, 2.1- or 3.1-channel home A/V systems, flat-panel TVs, headphones, and multi-media and other small speakers.
Manufacturers who are Audistry by Dolby licensees can avail themselves of any or all of a Chinese menu of post-processing features, each of which is defeatable or adjustable up or down, depending upon listener preference -- and each of which will work simultaneously and synergistically in a product, Bennett says. These include Sound Space Expander, for stereo speaker sound enhancement; Sound Space for Headphones, for a 3D effect; the Natural Bass bass-enhancement solution for both speakers and headphones; Mono-to-Stereo Creator channel-expansion; and Intelligent Volume Control.