SRS Labs Introduces New Portable Surround Sound Encoder and Upgraded Pro Tools Plug-in at NAB 2006

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SRS CSE-06P Belt-Mounted SRS Circle Surround Encoder Targeted for Live HD Event and News Capture

Last Updated: April 20, 2006 4:22 pm GMT
(NAB2006 - LAS VEGAS--BUSINESS WIRE--April 20, 2006) SRS Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRSL), a leading provider of audio technology solutions, today announced that it will unveil two of its newest surround solutions at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2006 Conference and Expo, April 22-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (booth N731).

The SRS CSE-06P Portable Circle Surround® Encoder is the world's first professional portable encoder specifically engineered to prepare 5.1- or 6.0-multichannel audio for recording on two-channel recorders and ENG/EFP cameras. The unit includes a revolutionary surround headphone-monitoring mode, SRS Headphone PRO, which accurately monitors discreet 5.1-channel mixes over conventional headphones, thereby enabling realistic assessment of the captured surround material. The CSE-06P belt-pack encoder is a substantial development in surround encoding, enabling portable surround recording on SD- and HD-capable cameras. In this way, field recordings can be delivered for playback, editing, and broadcast in surround sound through existing two-channel SD and HD infrastructures. In addition to SRS Headphone Pro mode, the unit also offers monitoring of individual channels and monitoring of the SRS Circle Surround-encoded stream.

The newly upgraded SRS Circle Surround TDM Pro 2.0 plug-in for Digidesign's Pro Tools Series digital audio workstations includes a new MUSIC MODE for mixing and monitoring SRS Circle Surround-encoded music material. The plug-in also features the Xtract up-mixing feature, which produces highly realistic 6.1-channel surround sound mixes from mono and stereo material with better image stability and natural sound than offered previously. The SRS TDM Pro 2.0 now provides a broader front sound stage, enhanced lateral imaging, and better-sounding surround channels with a wider sense of separation. With much of the materials that mixers work with still being delivered in mono or stereo, the SRS TDM Pro 2.0 provides broadcast mixers with the ability to produce their material more effectively in a surround mix.

Relaying high-quality 5.1-channel audio from a remote HighDef event can be both expensive and complex. "It used to require massive gear and a custom multichannel uplink," said surround sound pioneer Gary Baldassari, who engineers not only DVDs and CDs in surround, but also handles sound for a wide range of landmark events ranging from the Super Bowl Halftime Show to G-Force One's "Vomit Comet." "The new CSE-06P from SRS Labs solves those problems by putting a SRS Circle Surround encoder on my belt for uplink over any two-channel carrier."

"Our long-standing relationship with broadcasters and engineers gives us insight into the right tools needed for audio in HD content creation and delivery," said Mike Canevaro, senior director of business development at SRS Labs. "Our new portable encoder and newly upgraded TDM software makes it even easier for content providers and digital distribution services to deliver the Personal HD Experience to viewers and listeners whatever device they use."

At NAB 2006, SRS Labs will also be demonstrating the end-to-end Personal HD Experience whereby digital video content can be brought to the user through a wide variety of sources, devices, and displays featuring various SRS Labs technologies. SRS Labs production tools are designed to ensure the best possible multichannel sound across the entire HD experience, from Capturing up to 6.1 channels onto a two-channel carrier, through Creating surround sound no matter what the playback source, to enabling surround in an increasingly Convergent consumer electronics marketplace.

About Circle Surround
Radio and television stations across the world use SRS Circle Surround encoding technology to deliver full-bandwidth 6.1-channel surround sound content over any stereo transmission path. SRS Circle Surround encoded signals are compatible with mono, stereo, LCRS, and SRS Circle Surround decoders. When decoded with SRS Circle Surround II, the listener hears the complete multichannel mix. SRS Circle Surround II decoders also improve dialog clarity and shape a maximized bass response with sculpted filters and driver physics to go beyond the low frequency limitations of speakers and headphones. SRS Circle Surround Automotive is a full decoder suite that is tuned for each car's interior geometry to eliminate the "sweet spot" problem in surround sound playback.

Broadcasters using SRS Circle Surround include ABC, CBS, CBN, NBC, ESPN, ESPN HD, FOX, MBS (Japan), GAORA (Japan), FM Tokyo (Japan), Swedish Television (Sweden), Guang Dong Radio (China), CNR (China), and many others. Manufacturers such as Delphi, Fujitsu Ten, Honda, JVC, Marantz, Panasonic, Pioneer, Kenwood, Motorola Panasonic, Toyota, and Yamaha feature SRS Circle Surround or SRS Circle Surround Auto in their products.

About SRS Labs, Inc.
SRS Labs develops advanced audio and communications technology that optimizes and improves the listening experience through techniques based on the latest research into the human auditory system. With over 600 million products shipped worldwide, SRS Labs is a leader in audio. Incorporated in products ranging from HDTVs and mobile phones to PCs and automotive entertainment, SRS Labs audio and speech signal processing provides the best possible sound on every form factor and in every environment. SRS Labs surround sound solutions enable the professional broadcast and recording industries with high-performance production, back-haul, storage, and transmission capability. SRS Labs supports manufacturers worldwide with offices in the US, China, Japan, and Korea.

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