With Dimension Headphones Dolby Dives Into Consumer Products
If you’ve ever stepped foot inside of a movie theater you’ve likely seen or heard of the name Dolby. The company has an incredibly established legacy of helping to create some of the most powerful and impactful audiovisual experience in theater and home entertainment. Dolby Laboratories, with its top-class engineering team, is responsible for creating some of the most world renowned breakthroughs in in audio and video across so many different entertainment and communications channels—things like Dolby Atmos, Vision, Cinema, Voice, and Audio. And we’ve only been able to experience those mind-bending technologies and experiences thanks to the company’s collaborative efforts with artists, brands, and other manufacturers in the consumer tech space.
That’s to say that Dolby, despite plenty of business reasons why they should, has never really wanted to venture into the world of creating its own products. But it looks like that’s about to change.
On Wednesday, the company unveiled the Dolby Dimension headphones—their first-ever consumer-facing product that promises to provide a personal (and mobile) entertainment experience that’s unlike any we’ve ever experienced.
“Dolby’s true north is uniting the art and science of entertainment, elevating the creators’ ability to tell their stories and enabling consumers to be immersed in spectacular experiences,” Kevin Yeaman, the company's President and CEO, said in a statement. “Today we continue that journey with the introduction of Dolby Dimension.”
We could get into the build quality and things like that with these headphones, but the attention really ought to be given to the sound experience that Dolby has created for the on-the-go listener. There are touches of modern technology in the Dimension headphones, including a Dolby LifeMix mode that is basically a transparency setting to allow the wearer to be aware of their surroundings while listening to their music or other streaming content. And, on the other end of the spectrum, there’s an active noise cancellation setting to provide that fully-immersed experience.
Of course, though, Dolby has designed these headphones in a way that helps to recreate the cinematic or home theater experience in a headphone type of environment. The company said its bringing its longstanding expertise of inventing spectacular sound technologies for the movies to these headphones. And, through the Dolby Dimension app, they’ll give users control over a host of settings, including LifeMix, Virtualization, Head Tracking, manage paired devices, and more.
Thinking beyond sound, Dolby also engineered these headphones in a way that should provide a seamless and simple user experience. Dedicated source buttons on the headphones will allow you to easily switch between three different Bluetooth sources (say, your TV, smartphone, or tablet), and touch controls on the cans let you access your basic playback settings, take phone calls, and activate Siri or Google Assistant.
The Dimension headphones are available now for $599 through the Dolby website and will be launching at select b8ta stores on December 1.
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