Washington D.C. (January 4, 2006)–XM Satellite Radio will broadcast select XM music channels in 5.1, marking the first time that a radio company has broadcast in 5.1 surround sound twenty-four hours a day. The new offering of 5.1 Surround on XM is called XM HD Surround, which provides content with six discrete channels of digital full fidelity audio powered by Neural Audio technology.
XM and Neural Audio Corporation made the announcement in advance of the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). XM will demonstrate XM HD Surround broadcasts at the 2006 CES January 5-8 in the XM booth #4606 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. XM manufacturing partners such as Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Yamaha will introduce home audio systems capable of playing XM HD Surround powered by Neural Audio in 2006.
Beginning in March 2006, XM will broadcast the free-form music channel Fine Tuning (XM Channel 76) and the classical pops music channel XM Pops (XM Channel 113) in XM HD Surround. XM will also broadcast a variety of special shows and live music performances at the XM studios in XM HD Surround.
“XM is the first radio company–satellite or terrestrial–to broadcast 5.1 Surround Sound on the radio 24 hours a day,” said Hugh Panero, XM president and CEO. “Terrestrial radio stations are just starting to convert from analog to digital. XM has been broadcasting in digital format since the day we launched in 2001, and now we are taking another leap forward with the introduction of 5.1 Surround in partnership with Neural Audio. XM HD Surround is the latest example of the technological edge that has made XM the number-one satellite radio company.”
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