When Dirac accounted the new version of its room correction software earlier this year, one of the most intriguing aspects of the announcement was the updated system's modularity, with yearly modules designed to "offer a unique piece of room correction functionality that allows users to customize their solution based on their specific requirements and market applications."
The first of those modules has been announced. Dirac will be introducing its multi-subwoofer Dirac Live Bass Management Module at CES 2019, which promises to expand and enhance the system's low-frequency capabilities in a number of ways.
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Swedish sound pioneer Dirac Research today announced its all-new Dirac Live Bass Management Module that improves bass performance and provides the most sophisticated, easy-to-use multi-subwoofer optimization solution for both consumers and professional technology integrators. The breakthrough solution leverages a proprietary approach to subwoofer system optimization to produce far smoother and tighter bass than existing solutions, which oftentimes sound muddied and smeared. Dirac will debut the new module at CES 2019 in Dirac's Westgate Suite #630.
According to Niklas Thorin, Dirac General Manager of High Performance Audio, the new Dirac Live Bass Management Module is a best-in-class product that further solidifies Dirac as the market's leading one-stop source for home theater digital audio optimization solutions.
"Seven years ago, we introduced the world to Dirac Live, which marked a breakthrough in digital room correction and has since become the industry's reference solution," Thorin stated. "Dirac Live set the bar high and helped establish our reputation as the leading pioneer of sound optimization solutions. Our all-new Dirac Live Bass Management Module lives up to the legacy of Dirac Live and proves to the market that wherever we innovate, we lead."
The new Dirac Live Bass Management Module leverages the mathematical models and processing algorithms that have made Dirac Live so revolutionary, to produce the simplest, fastest, and most effective method for single- and multi-subwoofer system optimization. The solution helps save time by offering the world's first predictive results analysis, letting users see a visual representation of the predicted bass performance without having to run repeated audible tests.
What's more, Dirac Live Bass Management ensures that subwoofers deliver a specific range of frequencies that produce a smoother, tighter bass experience, while creating optimal sound reproduction for each specific room. Traditionally, this required repeated time-consuming audio tests and location adjustments for one or multiple subwoofers. With various adjustable settings, including crossover frequency, phase shift and subwoofer volume, the process could, historically, be overwhelming for users.
Dirac Live Bass Management also offers potential savings for consumers who can now achieve enhanced bass performance from a single subwoofer, and therefore do not need to invest in a second device.
Jakob Argren, Dirac Head of Product Management, explained that the new Dirac Live Bass Management Module will launch in three tiers aimed at specific market segments.
"Our tiered approach to Dirac Live Bass Management allows us to deliver a best-in-class solution for all home theater enthusiasts, regardless of their budget or system set-up," stated Argren. "What's more, by optimizing the subwoofer performance in relation to the room dimensions and speaker position, customers are no longer required to place their subs in specific locations, often at odds with the aesthetics of the room, in order to achieve optimal performance."
Dirac Live Bass Management is scheduled for release in Q2 2019 and is the first module to be introduced for the new Dirac Live. Dirac Live modules will be introduced on a yearly basis and will allow users to customize their home theater software system based on one's specific requirements and preferences. The new Dirac Live, whose beta was released at CEDIA 2018, is now available and compatible with units from Arcam, AudioControl, Bryston, Lexicon, NAD, and StormAudio.