Cleveland, OH (June 23, 2004)–Telos System/Omnia Audio will demonstrate their “Coded Discrete” 5.1-Channel Surround Sound system for HD Radio to radio programmers at the annual Radio & Records convention in Los Angeles this week. The new system works with the existing HD Radio codec and transmission equipment and is fully compatible with stereo broadcasts.
Earlier this year, Telos/Omnia and Fraunhofer Institute (FhG), the developers of MP3 and other MPEG audio codecs, 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. Telos/Omnia will demonstrate the system to attendees of the Radio & Records Convention in Los Angeles, June 23 – 25, in the California Room of the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA.
“At NAB, we blew people away,” said Omnia president Frank Foti. “We let them compare audio from multichannel music discs directly against Fraunhofer’s ‘coded discrete’ system, which can be broadcast completely within the HD Radio data channel. They were amazed how good it sounded. Often, they literally couldn’t tell the difference. This is the most important advancement in FM broadcasting since the introduction of stereo in 1961.”
“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.
Telos Systems/Omnia Audio