Las Vegas, NV (April 24, 2006)–At the NAB2006 Convention, Linear Acoustic and Coding Technologies have jointly announced that Linear Acoustic has developed the world’s first aacPlus surround-sound encoder and decoder to accommodate Dolby-E Metadata format directly throughout the broadcasting transmission chain.
Such functionality will dramatically simplify the integration of the Linear Acoustic range of encoders within existing broadcast environments, and speed the adoption of the aacPlus audio compression format for digital multichannel broadcasting.
The two units–AEROMAX-aacPlus Professional Encoder and Decoder–can be seen on Booth C2507B.
Coding Technologies’ MPEG-4 aacPlus audio codec is standardized across a variety of platforms as a compression format for digital audio, including DVB, MPEG, 3GPP and other international standards. In digital broadcasting, aacPlus has a proven track record as the audio codec for XM Satellite Radio. Compared to current 5.1-channel coding systems, including Dolby AC-3, aacPlus reduces broadcasting bandwidth and transmission costs to less than half, and frees up limited bandwidth resources for additional programming in fixed, existing channels.
“With the introduction of aacPlus for 5.1 surround sound, broadcasters now have a choice of formats,” considered Linear Acoustic president/founder Tim Carroll. “MPEG-4 aacPlus is the most advanced audio codec available today. It is exciting to make this choice possible with a professional broadcasting encoder product.”
“Linear Acoustic has clearly taken an enabling role by bringing competition to digital broadcasting,” said Stefan Meltzer, Coding Technologies’ VP of business development. “Innovative products such as this aacPlus encoder/decoder combination are creating real value for broadcasters and consumers alike. Added value is the essence of the emerging digital broadcasting markets today.”
Linear Acoustic, Inc.
Coding Technologies GmbH