Does it happen every so often that poor network connectivity causes your favorite streaming service to drop when you’re on the go? Do you regularly have problems listening to dialogues in TV shows because the ambience or music in the scene is too loud? Do you sometimes feel like your smart speaker could better understand your commands? Would you like to experience immersive sound in your car or your living room without having to install a huge setup of speakers? At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS showcased audio technologies which present the solutions to these and other issues.… Read the full article
At CES 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11, 2019, Fraunhofer IIS will present its latest developments in audio and media technologies, including a series of CES debuts: the first commercially available MPEG-H-enabled 3D soundbars, Sonamic Loudness for car stereos, the xHE-AAC audio codec natively supported in Android, and upHear Voice Quality Enhancement for improved speech recognition on smart devices. CES visitors can experience these technologies and more at the Fraunhofer booth 20236, located in South Hall 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).… Read the full article
Immersive sound is now also a reality in compact cars. Recently, the new Audi A1 was launched, and with it the world’s first 3D sound system that does not have loudspeakers above the dashboard. Producing the inimitable Audi surround sound in a small car is enabled by the intelligent Fraunhofer Symphoria algorithm using sophisticated acoustic reflections from the windscreen. Large vehicles such as the Audi A8 come with a lot of space – for passengers and baggage as well as loudspeakers, which are fitted at ear level and produce true immersive 3D sound.… Read the full article
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It’s June, it’s back and it’s better than ever… I’m talking about 120 pages in the Spring Edition of The Occasional magazine.
It is chocked full of all the things we as audiophiles like to fill our lives with when we are not just listening to music. I’m talking about photography, fast cars, fine gins, dark beers, gear reviews and opinion pieces on technology and where this hobby is going.
While I feel that this is my best effort yet at curating some of the shiny facets that make up our small corner of this world, it’s also, unfortunately, my last effort here at Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article
Imagine a car radio that keeps on playing your favorite local radio station — without interruption — when you drive out of the station’s broadcast range. That’s the promise of Hybrid Radio, and Fraunhofer’s Sonamic TimeScaling technology is critical to its success. A Hybrid Radio switches from broadcast reception to a station’s web stream when the broadcast signal weakens at the fringes of a station’s coverage area. Fraunhofer’s Sonamic TimeScaling algorithm makes the switch seamless and uninterrupted. Without Fraunhofer’s solution, web-stream playback could be delayed by more than 20 seconds, leaving an irritating gap between the time that the broadcast signal drops out and streaming begins.… Read the full article
The new Audi A8, unveiled in Barcelona on July 11 2017, presents the future of luxury class. In its fourth generation, the German brand’s flagship model again provides the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik. Audi also continues to set new standards for in-car audio, with true 3D sound on all seats. The Symphoria algorithm developed by Fraunhofer IIS provides a new, immersive sound sensation as part of the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System integrated into the Audi A8. This further optimized rendering solution produces perfect 3D sound out of every audio material, no matter what audio source or music genre.… Read the full article