10.05.2019 | Ausgabe 2/2019

MPEG-H-enabled 3D Soundbars


 MPEG-H: Interactive Sound / Foto: Fraunhofer IIS/Viaframe

Ultra-high-definition (UHD) resolution and immersive audio bring a more realistic experience to the home environment, but up to now this has come at the price of installing a multitude of loudspeakers. Following the introduction of 5.1 surround sound, we saw that only a small number of enthusiasts are willing to invest the money and effort in this kind of setup. The solution to overcome this hurdle and pave the way for immersive audio in living rooms worldwide are MPEG-H Audio-enabled 3D soundbars. These produce convincing immersive  ound that can even be personalized. And if soundbars are equipped with Fraunhofer’s upHear Immersive Audio Virtualizer technology, 3D sound can be played back from a single device without satellite speakers.

In recent years, Blu-ray as well as OTT streaming and UHDTV broadcast services have enabled users to enjoy an immersive cinema-like experience in the home. However, conventional approaches to implementing immersive sound in the living room require the installation of multiple loudspeakers (especially since the channel count of playback formats has further increased) and the appropriate wiring – all of which calls for a considerable level of technical expertise. Only true audio enthusiasts are willing to go to the effort of equipping their living room with a large number of loudspeakers both at ear and at ceiling level. For most consumers, the effort of installing such systems poses an obstacle that prevents them from enjoying true immersive sound.


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