DTS has unveiled the Headphone:X Headphone Tuning Program, a way to ensure headphones sound the way they should no matter the playback device. Skullcandy, Panasonic and Republic of Frends are already onboard with the program. Besides improving the overall experience, the Headphone:X Headphone Tuning Program can make the user think that their music is coming from surrounding speakers, not simply headphones.
DTS, Inc., a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, announced today that the company is expanding its Headphone:X™ program with the introduction of the Headphone:X Headphone Tuning Program. The program offers leading headphone manufacturers access to tools and support, designed to optimize the DTS Headphone:X experience across product lines. The program also helps headphone brands maintain their signature sound across all DTS Headphone:X- equipped mobile devices. Leading headphone manufacturers, including Skullcandy, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, and Republic of Frends, have officially joined the Headphone:X Headphone Tuning Program. DTS will be showcasing a variety of program partners' headphones tuned for DTS Headphone:X at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.
"A solid foundation is key to the proliferation of any successful technology, which is why we are excited to offer this new program to headphone manufacturers"
"At Skullcandy, we obsess everyday about innovation and the quality of the listening experience with our products. We have done everything a brand can do to the headphone itself to enhance this experience. This collaboration with DTS allows us to take the key product element of high-end and immersive audio even further by integrating with a great technology partner," said Sam Pachel, Chief Commercial Officer of Skullcandy. "The sense of realism and immersion offered by Headphone:X is truly incredible. We are excited to be working with an audio innovation leader like DTS to ensure that our headphones will continue to provide consumers with enhanced listening experiences for their audio entertainment."
"Despite the amount of engineering a company puts into a headphone's design, the experience those headphones deliver is never constant between playback devices," said Jake Hirose, vice president of merchandising, Panasonic Corporation. "Through the tools offered to us via the DTS Headphone:X Headphone Tuning Program, we are not only able to ensure that the sound they produce is true to how we designed them to sound, but that the sound produced by our headphones is maintained consistently across all DTS Headphone:X-equipped devices."
DTS Headphone:X technology expands and focuses sound far beyond the boundaries of a pair of headphones, allowing listeners to hear their favorite content as if it was coming from multiple speakers located around and above them, with a higher degree of accuracy than before.
The Headphone:X Tuning Program provides headphone manufacturers with the following benefits:
Engineering consultation to help fine tune their products' desired sound characteristics
Optimized audio performance for DTS Headphone:X encoded content
Delivery of their headphone brand's signature sound with stereo and multi-channel content through DTS Headphone:X
Showcasing of featured headphone models within the DTS Headphone:X app
"Our jewelry-inspired headphones are about enhancing a woman's day, creating a relationship and even at times enabling a true love affair with music," said Keir Dillon, founder and CEO of FRENDS headphones. "Headphone:X is a turnkey solution that allows our headphone's inner beauty to harmoniously come to life with superior sound quality and revolutionary surround sound capabilities."
"A solid foundation is key to the proliferation of any successful technology, which is why we are excited to offer this new program to headphone manufacturers," said Brian Towne, executive vice president and chief operating officer at DTS. "DTS Headphone:X was designed to benefit every product in the ecosystem, allowing content, devices and headphones to all serve essential roles in delivering an immersive and personal listening experience. Working with brands to tune their headphones for DTS Headphone:X allows us to ensure that consumers receive the brand's signature sound, regardless of which DTS Headphone:X-equipped products they are playing content on."