Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Less work for your fingertips:
Dolby circuit maintains constant volume

At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dolby Laboratories demonstrated Dolby Volume, a new audio-processing technology designed to help television makers address the annoyances of inconsistent loudness in broadcast TV, that causes TV-watchers to keep adjusting the volume settings on their remote controls.

According to the company (noted for advancements in noise reduction and multi-channel sound): "Dolby Volume brings a fundamentally new approach to TV entertainment by delivering consistent volume levels. It models how humans perceive audio to eliminate variable loudness when changing channels or programs, without disruptive audio artifacts. It also delivers a robust and vibrant audio experience at low volume by dynamically compensating for the human ear's lower sensitivity to bass and treble sounds as the volume level decreases. These adjustments are automatic and do not require user intervention as the volume changes."

Dolby expects to begin delivery of Dolby Volume code to integrated circuit manufacturers early this year.

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