Lancaster, PA (June 2, 2005)–Linear Acoustic’s new AEROMAX-HDFM Multichannel Digital Processor incorporates programmable audio processing for a station’s main FM and HD/Digital Radio signal paths, in addition to providing separate multiband processing for up to two supplementary audio channels. The flexible unit also provides 5.1-channel surround-sound encoding via built-in SRS Labs Circle Surround technology.
“In addition to its enhanced level of audio signal processing,” offered Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic’s founder and president, “our new radio processor enables radio stations to deliver 5.1 channel surround content that can be decoded by a large number of currently-available surround decoders, including Circle Surround, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby PLII, DTS Neo 6, and Harman Logic 7.”
Working closely with SRS Labs, Linear Acoustic has integrated the advanced Circle Surround 5.1 Channel encoder into AEROMAX-HDFM. Circle Surround provides one of the unit’s major features: the ability to encode 5.1-channel surround sound audio – produced, for example, by DVD-A or SACD discs, or live sources – into a compatible two-channel signal that can be broadcast over HD Radio and even FM utilizing the processing contained in AEROMAX-HDFM.
“Consumers expect high-quality sound from their HD Radio broadcasting material,” said Mike Canevaro, director of strategic development, surround technologies for SRS Labs, Inc. “By licensing our Circle Surround encoding technology, Linear Acoustic is enabling HD Radio broadcasters to easily integrate and deliver surround sound to the growing HD Radio audience.”
The AEROMAX-HDFM Multichannel Digital Processor received a “Cool Stuff” Award from Radio World newspaper at the recent NAB2005 Convention in Las Vegas. The Cool Stuff Award signifies that a product as selected by a panel of engineers and industry experts as notable for its design, features, cost efficiency and performance in serving radio users.