San Francisco, CA (March 1, 2010)–Penteo Surround has announced two new products, the Penteo PostPro Desktop and Penteo PostPro Rackmount units.
Penteo works by “panorama slicing” the stereo mix into its original left-to-right components, then re-maps those components into their respective positions in a 5.1 field. Because Penteo does not alter any phase components or levels, the resulting 5.1 mix downmixes back to the original stereo.
While the Penteo PostPro Desktop unit features silent operation for work in quiet mix environments, the Penteo PostPro Rackmount Unit is designed for permanent installation in a machine room for post production or broadcast. Both units share the same operational functions and the same base price, with either analog, digital, or both analog and digital input/output available as options.
Penteo Surround is featured in the films Book of Eli, Inglourious Basterds and Watchmen. Orban has licensed the technology for its 8585 Optimod, which provides sound processing to HDTV, radio and internet streaming broadcasters worldwide.
“The Penteo system is based on entirely new stereo analysis,” says John Wheeler, Penteo founder and inventor of the technology. “We believe it’s the first truly significant breakthrough in the art of converting stereo into 5.1 surround sound in the last 15 years.”