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Old 01-02-2008   #1
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Default Audyssey Announces Dynamic Volume

Audyssey Laboratories announces its latest technology, Dynamic Volume. Audyssey Dynamic Volume is a volume leveling technology that frees listeners from the disruptive changes in volume levels while watching movies, and when broadcast material changes between television shows and commercials.

"It is simply annoying to watch movies or television broadcasts and have to continuously change the volume level. This does not happen in movie theaters so why should it happen at home?" says Chris Kyriakakis, Chief Technology Officer of Audyssey, "Now, with Dynamic Volume, consumers can set their system to their desired volume once, instead of constantly reaching for their remote."

Dynamic Volume is the result of years of research under the direction of Audyssey Chief Science Officer Tomlinson Holman. Audyssey researchers conducted an extensive study of the volume adjustment patterns of a wide variety of participants, from consumers to professional mixing engineers, listening in spaces ranging from typical living rooms to calibrated home theaters. The vast amount of data collected makes this research effort one of the most in-depth studies of its kind.

Based on this research, Audyssey engineers created Dynamic Volume by developing advanced audio signal processing technology that operates in both time and frequency domains. The spectral content in individual channels is continuously monitored in order to maintain constant volume for stereo and surround sound. Audyssey Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology is also integrated to make sure the correct frequency response and surround impression is maintained, compensating for the human ear's lower sensitivity to bass, treble and surround sounds as volume levels decrease.

The result is a comfortable, predictable level of volume, producing clear dialogue while maintaining the full dynamics as they were intended. Dynamic Volume also efficiently monitors rapid and gradual dynamic variations in volume levels, thereby preventing artifacts commonly produced by traditional compressor methods.

"Audyssey Dynamic Volume will be the first technology to provide a true hands-free listening experience," says Michael Solomon, CEO of Audyssey, "We expect to see Dynamic Volume in consumer products released throughout 2008 and beyond."
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