JVCKENWOOD has announced a personal wireless home theater system available from spring for $999 that delivers a multi-channel sound field with headphones. The JVC XP-EXT1 uses the company’s own EXOFIELD “out-of-head” localization sound field processing tech to allow a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X multi-channel sound experience from headphones. The system can be optimized for each listener and listening environment to improve an individual’s sense of immersion, according to JVC.

The XP-EXT1 includes headphones and a digital processor as part of the same product, as well as a companion mobile app. Microphones are built into the headphones and with the use of the app, you can measure the acoustic characteristics of your own room, speakers and even your ears and face. The measurements are then compared to a database of acoustic measurements, and a matching algorithm is selected to provide a listening experience tailored to each individual’s environment. JVC says this results in a multichannel audio experienced at up to 7.1.4 channels with the headphones, but with the sensation that the sound is coming from virtual speakers (without disturbing those nearby). The system also supports up-mixing of two-channel and 5.1-channel material to 7.1.4 channels.

The headphones connect to the processor through 2.4/5GHz dual band wireless transmission, with automatic selection of the band less likely to experience interference. The processor has an HDMI input/output terminal that supports output to 4K-compatible displays and projectors, and three HDMI inputs to allow connection of up to three devices. Settings for up to four users can be stored, and settings can be fine-tuned remotely using the app, including selection of one of four sound modes: Cinema, Music, Game and Custom. The headphones feature a 40mm high magnetic force neodymium driver unit and large soft ear pads for comfortable listening over many hours.

For more information, you can call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-582-5825 or visit the company’s website here.

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