Cleveland, OH (April 19, 2004)–Telos Systems/Omnia Audio and Fraunhofer Institute, the developers of MP3 and other MPEG audio codecs, have announced a spatial audio coding system that takes advantage of the most recent research in aural perception and enables transmission of 5.1-channel surround audio over HD Radio.
“This system gives listeners a clear and compelling reason to buy HD radio receivers, especially for automobiles, which are a natural environment for the surround-sound experience,” said Denny Sanders, Telos Systems managing director.
“Only a couple of years ago, it seemed we didn’t have enough bandwidth for full-fidelity stereo on IBOC,” said Telos president Steve Church. “With this breakthrough, it’s possible to have very impressive surround on HD Radio. We invite skeptics to listen for themselves at NAB.”
The new system works with the existing HD Radio codec and transmission equipment and is fully compatible with stereo broadcasts. Telos/Omnia will demonstrate the system privately to major broadcast groups at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas this week.