Calabasas, CA (January 11, 2013)—At CES in Las Vegas, DTS, Inc. launched Headphone:X, which it says is capable of recreating the home theater surround sound experience using only a pair of headphones.
The technology externalizes sound, so instead of the listener hearing the sound inside their heads, as is typical for traditional headphone listening, they perceive it as coming from loudspeakers located some distance around them.
"Imagine having the ability to experience the latest action film in any movie theater you choose; now, imagine taking that experience with you anywhere, anytime," said Geir Skaaden, SVP of products and platforms, DTS, Inc. "Essentially, Headphone:X was created to do just that. Headphone:X takes advantage of the advanced properties of the DTS-HD audio codec, which allows us to precisely simulate the experience of being in any movie theater or the movie's mixing stage, and fine tuning that experience to an exact seat location within the room."
"I've been in this industry a long time and it is rare that a new audio technology catches my attention; however, DTS Headphone:X technology is easily the most impressive virtual headphone surround sound solution I've ever heard," said Geoff Emerick, multiple Grammy award-winning audio engineer and producer. "Its unlike anything I've ever heard before. You can virtually put yourself into any listening environment and hear all surround sound audio cues coming from their intended direction in space over a standard pair of headphones. It's like having a home theater in your pocket."
Features include Home Theater in your Pocket (HTiP) with surround sound for headphones (up to 11.1 channels; proprietary calibration to various headphone makes and models for optimized sound quality; and post-processing enhancement techniques for premium audio production.