Sound on Sound: Symphonova is Reproducing A Full Orchestral Performance with Dirac Live

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After centuries of remaining steadfastly unchanged, a new symphony experience has now arrived.

Symphonova blends human talent with sophisticated technology – such as virtual instruments, gestural recognition, and Dirac Live room correction – to create a symphony experience that matches the brilliance and beauty of a traditional 100-person ensemble playing in an acoustically-perfect concert hall, yet with a fraction of the musicians and in any acoustically-imperfect venue (such as the ballroom of the 15th-century Herstmonceux castle.)

Read more about how the Dirac-equipped Symphonova is democratizing the modern day symphony in this piece by Sound On Sound here

Sound & Vision's Review on NAD T758 V3 A/V Receiver: "Dirac is an Audio Tweakers' Paradise"

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"...The biggest story here is the addition of Dirac, from the 15- year-old Swedish company that offers room correction for high-end home theater systems as well as audio processing for mobile and automotive use. NAD has not just adopted Dirac Live LE but also gotten PSB’s speaker-designing eminence grise Paul Barton to tweak it...Ultimately, Dirac is an audio tweaker’s paradise; it’s great to see how your system measures in your room and how the program corrects it. And the results, as you’ll read below, were excellent..." Read it!

TechRadar Reviews the Major VR Audio Solutions that Could Revolutionize the Industry: Dirac Helps Pioneer the Future

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Source: TechRadar
Published: March 30, 2018

Immersive 3D audio is poised to revolutionize virtual reality and, according to a recent report by TechRadar, Dirac's helping pioneer the future of this industry.

Interested in learning more about 3D audio solutions such as Dirac VR and their role within the future of the VR/ AR industry? Check out the story here

Headphone Surround Sound Basics Explained by Lifewire and Dirac VR Highlighted

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Wonder what it would be like to watch a movie on your laptop and experience surround sound audio that you typically only hear in movie theaters, through your headphones?

This is the future that’s being made possible today thanks to digital audio leaders such as Dirac Research, Dolby, and DTS. With pioneering solutions such as Dirac VR, headphone audio that previously appeared to originate within your head can now be virtually produced outside of your body and delivered from any direction – thereby creating a true surround sound listening experience over headphones. Welcome to the future of headphone audio!

Read more about Dirac VR and surround sound headphone audio in this piece by Lifewire.

IEEE Spectrum: "Dirac, High Fidelity Audio for Your Smartphone"

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Source: IEEE Spectrum
Published: March 20, 2018

"First, I am not someone who could be considered, under any reasonable definition of the term, an audiophile. If anyone tries to talk to me about high fidelity, I’m likely to just tune out. That’s why I was so surprised when testing Dirac’s tools. Not only was the audio difference arresting, but it was so superior that I was moderately bummed about going back to my own smartphone and earbuds." Read it!

XDA Developer: "How Dirac Enhances the Sound Quality of OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei devices"

Source: XDA Developer
Published: March 5, 2018

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"You might not have ever heard of Dirac, but if you’ve used a XiaomiOPPOHuawei, or OnePlus phone in recent years, chances are you’ve heard their software in action. The Swedish audio firm works with an increasing number of device makers to optimize the sound quality of smartphone loudspeakers and headphone outputs." Read it!

Android Central: "Here's how Dirac is enabling Xiaomi to create better audio products"

Source: Androidcentral
Published: February 27, 2018

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"Over the years, Dirac has worked with a range of automobile manufacturers to tailor cabin acoustics in the luxury car segment, with the company's solutions ending up in models from Bentley, Volvo, BMW, and Rolls Royce. The company also works with the likes of Harman, Pioneer, Datasat, and DTS to optimize professional loudspeakers and fine-tune room acoustics for recording studios.

In recent years, Dirac has turned to mobile audio, teaming up with a slew of manufacturers that include OPPO, Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus, and others to deliver the best possible sound from a phone's speaker. Dirac focuses on two distinct areas when it comes to optimizing phones: tuning the headphone jack, and tweaking the performance of the loudspeaker." Read it!

 

VRFocus Recaps VR Developments at CES 2018: "Dirac VR is very Promising to Enhance VR Worlds through Means of Audio"

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Source: VRFocus
Published: January 31, 2018

"Swedish company Dirac launched Dirac VR last year, a 3D audio platform for VR.  The audio rendering of a virtual environment showcase how the location and volume level of the audio adjusts as the head rotates with a VR headset. In other words, if you move your head, sounds bounce off the walls the same way they would if you were doing this in real life...Dirac’s experience in audio means that the re-creation of environments will create more immersive and realistic sound environments. Both look very promising to enhance VR worlds through means of audio." Read it!

TheaterByte: "Dirac Live is the most powerful room “correction” tool available for domestic use."

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Source: TheaterByte
Published: December 2, 2017

"Dirac Live can be turned on and off, permitting before and after comparisons, but once it is in place, you will not be likely to turn it off. In my acoustically treated media room, improvements with Dirac Live were readily apparent across the audible spectrum, literally taking the remaining sonic vagaries of my room out of the sound equation." Read it!

 

The Economist Sits Down with Dirac CEO to Explore the Next Frontier in Music-Technology: Superior Sound Quality

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Source: The Economist 1843
Published: November 15, 2017

Over the last 30 years the music industry has pursued three primary goals: clarity, portability and abundance. Three decades later, impressive strides have been made in reaching these goals – thanks to the introduction of the MP3, the iPod & smartphone, and streaming services like Spotify. However, as the industry put millions of songs in our pockets – thereby achieving its second two goals – it came at the expense of its first goal. The world has been left with an abundance of portable music that can only be experienced at a fraction of quality at which it was produced in the studio.

Now, as the industry explores its next frontier, its focus has returned to its original and most elusive goal of sound clarity and quality. According to The Economist, while producing recording studio sound in one’s living room or through one’s smartphone is a complex challenge, Dirac remains a critical component to the solution. Read the full story here

 

AV NIRVANA evaluation: "Our advice concerning Dirac Live: Don’t leave home without it!"

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Source: AV NIRVANA
Published: October 26, 2017

Three experts from AV NIRVANA evaluated ten pairs of speakers priced at $1200 or less with Dirac Live turned on and off.  "Dirac Live reveals mountains of detail in many recordings. Flattening FR can uncover sounds that are being masked in the frequency domain. Reducing the amplitude of resonant peaks helps tame ringing that can obscure detail in the time domain. And cleaning up the soundstage can reveal small sounds between other bigger ones in the psycho-acoustical processing of the spatial domain. Our advice concerning Dirac Live: Don’t leave home without it!" Read it!

Mashable: "You wouldn't think it, but the premium sound system in a Bentley, and the speakers in Xiaomi's and Oppo's phones have something in common. Dirac"

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Source: Mashable
Published: October 25, 2017

"You wouldn't think it, but the premium sound system in a Bentley, and the speakers in Xiaomi's and Oppo's phones have something in common.

Dirac, the Swedish audiophile company that's been tuning Bentley's, Harman's home cinema systems, and BMWs and Volvos for years, is now tweaking the sound you hear coming out of some of China's top smartphones." Read it!

HiFi.nl about Arcams's AVR550 with Dirac Live: "a powerful calibration system that even excites inexpensive speakers. Who needs more?"

 Arcam of Cambridge: PREVIEW: AVR550 Dolby Atmos 7.1 Channel Receiver. Word-class 4K AV performance and the unprecedented ability in this field to play music properly.

Source: HiFi.nl
Published: October 8, 2017

"The Arcam AVR550 is one of the most competent and powerful receivers we've ever tested. At the same time it is one of the coolest AV receivers, especially when watching the rest of the playing field. Streaming is minimalist, an interface is no more than a list of settings, and you will not fall in love with its appearance. And yet: a powerful calibration system that even excites inexpensive speakers. Who needs more?" Read it! (Dutch)

Digital Trends: But we were impressed by Dirac Audio’s Panorama Sound"

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Source: Digital Trends
Published: September 28, 2017

"But we were impressed by Dirac Audio’s Panorama Sound when we listened to it on a modified Nexus 6P smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. It sounded just like wearing a pair of headphones, but without the headphones — during a scene from space disaster movie Gravity, dialogue from the speakers sounded as though it was coming from earbuds." Read it!

TechAeris about Dirac Panorama Sound: "its definitely an improvement over the original JBL Soundboost Moto Mod."

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Source: Techaeris
Published: September 28, 2017

"After checking out the Dirac Panorama Sound feature last night, its definitely an improvement over the original JBL Soundboost Moto Mod. Not only does music sound louder and more full, it’s richer and more defined as well." Read it!

Residential Systems: "Another technology that seems to be really gaining traction in the CI space is Dirac’s room correction."

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Source: Residential Systems
Published: September 19, 2017

"Another technology that seems to be really gaining traction in the CI space is Dirac’s room correction. I heard more company’s touting Dirac this year than at any I can recall in the past. Previously, Dirac was only available at the upper end of the market, found in products like Datasat, Wisdom, and Theta Digital, but the company appears to be licensing its technology to a growing list of manufacturers at all price points." Read it!

TechRadar: "The really significant difference here, compared to previous Arcam home theatre boxes, is the provision of Dirac Live room calibration."

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Source: TechRadar
Published: September 7, 2017

"The really significant difference here, compared to previous Arcam home theatre boxes, is the provision of Dirac Live room calibration.

Arguably the most sophisticated auto calibration technology available, it does a extraordinary job fine tuning the receiver to the listening room." Read it!

 

AVS Forum: "With the StormAudio I.ISP, the exceptional room correction Dirac Live provides surely adds to the impressive end result"

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Source: AVS Forum
Published: September 6, 2017

With the StormAudio I.ISP, the exceptional room correction Dirac Live provides surely adds to the impressive end result, which is sound that evokes the experience provided by processors that cost considerably more than this integrated unit. Read it!

Technode: A majority of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers chose Dirac solutions

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Source: Technode
Published: August 8, 2017

Swedish audio technology firm Dirac Research held a media conference in China recently and showcased their latest sound optimization solutions for automotive, mobile, HiFi and VR industries. Tony Ye, Business Director of Greater China of Dirac introduced the company’s business developments in China. A majority of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers including Huawei, Xiaomi, Smartisan and OPPO have adopted Dirac technologies. 0.2 billion smartphones powered by Dirac technologies are shipped yearly. Read it! (Chinese)