- Aug 29, 1999
A new 12.1 surround-sound format, expected to become the industry standard by early 2004, was announced in a press conference this morning. The new system will utilize five loudspeakers across the front of a room, two on each side, and three in the rear, plus one LFE channel. While it will make all current home-theater receivers, preamp/processors, and DVD players obsolete, a spokesman stated that the new format provides the most realistic surround performance ever heard in a home environment. According to the press release, leading manufacturers of home-theater components intend to introduce the new surround system during their next product cycle, and not later than April 1, 2004, when another format change might be announced.