Saturday, January 08, 2005

Report from CES

Dolby demos Dolby Digital Plus

"Dolby Digital Plus ... supports 13.1 channels."

Yes! Triskaidekaphonic sound! Finally!

Let me see, now... in addition to the subwoofer, the current max, 7.1, has 3 front, 4 rear. Perhaps this adds 3 right-side and 3 left-side speakers? Or maybe 3 front, 3 rear, 3 right, 3 left, and one more "top" speaker right in the middle of the ceiling? How about splitting the front/rear sets of speakers into "upper" and "lower", plus an extra one, say, under your chair?

Or perhaps just 12 evenly spaced around the listening area in a dodecahedron, plus one more you wear on your head like a hat, for, y'know, internal monologues and narrators and things like that.

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