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It’s over your head: Dolby and Qualcomm Technologies bring you a new dimension in mobile surround sound

Jan 6, 2014

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Imagine movie sound so realistic you can hear rain falling on a forest canopy just above your head – even though you’re stuck on a plane, watching on a tablet. Or imagine hearing the helicopters in your favorite war game buzzing over your head – while you’re sitting on the crosstown bus.

Up to now, you’ve been able to experience the height dimension in audio – sounds that emanate from above you – only in the most sophisticated movie theatres. But Dolby and Qualcomm® Technologies Inc. are working together to bring this new dimension in sound to mobile devices using any set of headphones.

At the CES 2014, Qualcomm Technologies will use its Snapdragon™ Theatre to demonstrate the ultimate mobile audio-visual experience on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor: 4K Ultra HD with Hollywood Quality Video® (HQV®) video processing, along with mobile audio height enabled by Dolby.

The Snapdragon 805 processor enables a new version of Dolby® audio technology that’s more engaging and enveloping than typical virtual surround sound. With this new technology, you’ll be able to really hear the monsters clattering over the roof in a movie thriller or the spaceships zooming overhead in a space action game.

Of course, new audio technology isn’t useful if there’s no content that takes advantage of it. Dolby has been developing tools that will help filmmakers and game developers tell their stories in new ways that take full advantage of audio height.

Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits of current Dolby Digital Plus™ technologies, running in low-power on the Snapdragon 805’s Hexagon™  DSP including:

  • Enhancements that make it easy to understand every word of the dialogue, even amidst the explosions of an action film
  • Custom equalizer settings to allow you to dial in the sound you prefer
  • The ability to easily play music or video from your mobile device on your home theater

Device manufacturers will be able to incorporate the new Dolby audio experience into their smartphones and tablets in 2014 using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.

If you’re attending CES this week, you can experience the latest Dolby audio technology for mobile inside the Snapdragon Theatre in Qualcomm’s booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, booth number 8252.


This post is courtesy of Dolby Laboratories, and originally appeared on the Dolby blog.



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Taeho Oh

Guest Blogger: Senior Director, Mobile, Dolby Laboratories