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Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room


A new concept developed by researchers at three U.K. universities uses common home devices to create a three-dimensional audio experience.

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Researchers at the universities of Surrey, Salford, and Southampton in the U.K. have developed the Media Device Orchestration (MDO) concept, which helps create a three-dimensional or "spatial audio" experience using common home devices.

The team says the technology works by isolating different "objects" within audio content, and connecting them to separate speakers available around the room.

The researchers believe the MDO method could enable users to listen to media in a far more immersive, multi-layered, and exciting way. In addition, the team notes the object-based audio technology has enabled them to access each separate part of an audio scene, and intelligently route them to improve the listener experience.

"Our aim is to take spatial audio out of the lab and into people's homes, and give users the impression of being at the heart of the action while in their living room," says the University of Surrey's Philip Jackson.

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