DTS has announced that DTS Virtual:X post-processing tech is now available in several of the popular Analog Devices product series. The fully-certified DTS Virtual:X SDKs (software development kits) are ready for integration into AVRs and sound bars, with the first Analog Devices-enabled DTS Virtual:X firmware updates scheduled for Summer 2018.
The DTS Virtual:X solution will be available on the following Analog Devices DSP products: ADSP-2148x, ADSP-2157x, ADSP-SC57x, ADSP-2158x.
DTS Virtual:X technology enables an immersive listening experience without the need to integrate up-firing or height speakers. It supports any input source from stereo to a 7.1.4 layout and is designed to work with all DTS codecs, including the flagship DTS:X. For legacy content, an efficient upmixer is included. The flexibility of DTS Virtual:X’s architecture enables product manufacturers to utilize one or more features concurrently, including virtual height and virtual surround.
“We are excited to announce that DTS Virtual:X is now certified and available on some of the most popular Analog Devices product series for AVRs and sound bars,” said Joanna Skrdlant, general manager, home audio at Xperi. “DTS Virtual:X is our most advanced immersive post processing technology for AVRs and sound bars available to consumers. Through our collaboration with Analog Devices, manufacturers can now simply and quickly integrate the SDKs into their products and enable consumers to better enjoy immersive content in their home.”
“DTS Virtual:X gives Analog Devices’ DSP customers the tools to take their immersive audio products to the next level,” said Mark Cox, general manager, consumer business unit at Analog Devices. “Our close collaboration with DTS allows us to offer our customers these cutting-edge technologies, which are integrated and optimized tightly with our hardware for a faster time to market.”
The upshot of this is that the virtual immersive tech will start finding its way onto numerous home cinema products in the coming months, but the jury is still out on how effective a substitute DTS Virtual:X is for the lack of actual height or up-firing speakers. If you’ve had experience, positive or negative, with such products, please let us know in the comments below.