Dirac partners with Harman and Motorola to bring home theater quality audio to smartphones

Dirac partners with Harman and Motorola to bring home theater quality audio to smartphones
Dirac Research has recently introduced an all-new mobile surround-sound solution compatible with Motorola’s moto z smartphones. Now watching movies on smartphones has become more cinematic.

Developed by Dirac Research, HARMAN International and Motorola, Dirac Panorama Sound is a speaker-optimization solution capable of delivering an immersive surround sound listening experience from devices as small as portable speakers or smartphones. The technology is available through the JBL Soundboost 2 speaker.

This isn’t just more volume or a fake surround sound gimmick, said Erik Rudolphi, Dirac’s General Manager – Mobile. “Dirac Panorama Sound combines new mobile audio developments with breakthroughs we’ve made in the Hi-Fi home theater audio market to create a surround sound experience from a device smaller than anyone thought possible, Rudolphi added.

The technology behind Dirac Panorama Sound is fundamentally different than other mobile audio solutions. Unlike traditional technologies that rely on phase shift to create an impression of spaciousness, Dirac has developed a patented cross-talk cancellation algorithm that isolates the left and right stereo channels and delivers each directly into the listener’s corresponding ears.

The JBL Soundboost 2 transforms a Motorola moto z smartphone into a complete entertainment system, said Peter Liu, VP and General Manager of HARMAN Embedded Audio. Now customers are provided with the best possible listening experience, regardless of their location – be it a subway, an airplane, or in the confines of their home, Liu said.

As the smartphone increasingly becomes a primary device for entertainment consumption – both while on-the-go and at home – consumers are demanding audio that’s equally as hi-res as its visual counterpart, Rudolphi said. “By teaming up with these two market leading pioneers to develop the Soundboost 2, we’re providing Motorola moto z smartphone users across the globe with a complete entertainment experience that’s both portable and immersive.”


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