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DTS teases DTS:X, doesn’t say much more about it

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Home audio buffs, there’s a new codec in town. But what it is ain’t exactly clear.

DTS today announced the existence of DTS:X, which it says “raises the bar in immersive sound.” OK, so what is it? It’s DTS’ “next-generation object-based codec technology.” That does not help much.

3933c057851f4c0d89e0743bed41f3d9DTS:X is teased as the successor to DTS-HD Master Audio, and is said to deliver “the ultimate in flexibility, immersion and interactivity to listeners of all forms of entertainment.” Sweet. And that would sound like…?

Manufacturers of AV receivers know what it sounds like, even if we don’t yet. DTS claims almost 90 percent of the home AV receiver and surround processor market, including Anthem, Denon, Integra, Krell, Marantz, McIntosh, Onkyo, Outlaw Audio, Pioneer, Steinway Lyngdorf, Theta Digital, Trinnov Audio and Yamaha, will launch products supporting DTS:X in 2015, with additional support forthcoming. That means that this technology will be more or less ubiquitous.

The official launch of DTS:X is planned for March, “at which time additional information will be shared,” says DTS.

It remains to be seen if DTS:X is a step beyond, or a competitor to, Dolby Atmos, the recently introduced total-immersion sound technology that adds overhead sound to traditional surround systems and blows audiophile minds in the process.

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