Dirac Research Partners with Harman International and Motorola to Bring Home Theater Quality Audio to Smartphones

Dirac Panorama Sound, the all-new mobile surround sound solution from Dirac Research, is available through the JBL Soundboost 2 speaker compatible exclusively with Motorola’s moto z smartphones. 

UPPSALA, SWEDEN — Watching movies on smartphones has just become far more cinematic, thanks to Dirac Research, the global leader in digital sound optimization technology, through their recent collaboration with HARMAN International and Motorola to launch the all-new JBL Soundboost 2 speaker compatible with all moto z smartphones. The JBL Soundboost 2 speaker, through the JBL MySoundBoost 2 application, is equipped with Dirac Panorama Sound, a breakthrough speaker-optimization solution capable of delivering a truly immersive surround sound listening experience from devices as small as portable speakers or smartphones.

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“Through this collaboration, we are changing what the world thinks is possible from their mobile devices,” said Erik Rudolphi, Dirac’s General Manager – Mobile. “This isn’t just more volume or a fake surround sound gimmick. Dirac Panorama Sound combines new mobile audio developments with breakthroughs we’ve made in the Hi-Fi home theater audio market to create a surround sound experience from a device smaller than anyone thought possible – where the individual speakers are only inches apart from one another. It only takes one listen to be blown away by the incredible stereo channel separation and resolution of sound sources – your brain hears far more than it expects or is used to hearing from a such a small device.”

The technology behind Dirac Panorama Sound is fundamentally different than other mobile audio solutions. Unlike traditional technologies that rely on phase shift to create an impression of spaciousness, Dirac has developed a patented cross-talk cancellation algorithm that efficiently isolates the left and right stereo channels – as they exist in a surround sound set-up – and delivers each directly into the listener’s corresponding ears. By doing so, the listener hears in each ear sound that is isolated, separated, and uncompromised by the other channel, even though both audio channels emit from a source where the individual speakers are within three inches of each other. The net result of this audio breakthrough is an immersive surround sound home theater-like listening experience generated through a portable speaker.  

“The JBL Soundboost 2 transforms a Motorola moto z smartphone into a complete entertainment system, and that’s never been more true than with the Dirac Panorama Sound-equipped app,” said Peter Liu, VP and General Manager of HARMAN Embedded Audio. “It’s our unwavering mission to provide customers with the best possible listening experience, regardless of their location – be it a subway, an airplane, or in the confines of their home. With the Dirac-enabled Soundboost 2, Motorola customers can rest assured that their mobile listening experience is one that’s unparalleled in the market and truly best-in-class.”

Indeed, Dirac Panorama Sound, which was presented earlier this year at Mobile World Congress 2017 to rave reviews, has been turning heads, literally, as listeners experience this entirely new standard in mobile audio. And, according to Rudolphi, this collaboration is representative of an emerging mobile industry trend.

“As the smartphone increasingly becomes a primary device for entertainment consumption – both while on-the-go and at home – consumers are demanding audio that’s equally as hi-res as its visual counterpart,” concluded Rudolphi. “By teaming up with these two market leading pioneers to develop the Soundboost 2, we’re providing Motorola moto z smartphone users across the globe with a complete entertainment experience that’s both portable and immersive. We can’t wait for the world to hear the difference!”

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