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DTS X Surround Format (DTS:X)

DTS:X was revealed today as the company’s next-generation object-based codec technology. This new surround format will be the successor to DTS-HD Master Audio and directly takes on Dolby Atmos in the new height-channel surround format “war”. DTS X surround (DTS:X) was developed to deliver a lot of flexibility, immersion and interactivity to both content creators and consumers of music and movie content.

Manufacturer support seems to be high, and DTS has claimed nearly 90 percent of the home AV receiver and surround processor market for its new dts X surround (DTS:X). Supporters include Anthem, Denon, Integra, Krell, Marantz, McIntosh, Onkyo, Outlaw Audio, Pioneer, Steinway Lyngdorf, Theta Digital, Trinnov Audio, Yamaha, and others. These companies have agreed to launch products in 2015 that will support DTS:X. More manufacturer partners are scheduled to make announcements in the following months as well. One of the biggest impediments to adoption is the availability of chipsets supporting the new format (read our HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 article to understand the way this can mess with product releases) but DTS:X solutions are already available for leading 2015 AV receiver silicon platforms. This represents the majority of the DSP platform market share, including Cirrus Logic, Analog Devices and Texas Instruments.

The official launch of DTS:X is planned for March 2015, and we’ll be able to tell you more about it at that time.

“DTS was founded with the goal of making the world sound better through constant innovation. DTS:X is a result of years of cutting-edge development in the area of object-based audio and reflects our continued commitment to provide listeners with incredible immersive audio experiences. Through incorporating DTS:X technology into a wide range of home AVR products, our partners will take the listening experience to another level. I look forward to sharing further details at the official DTS:X launch in March.”

Jon Kirchner, Chairman and CEO of DTS, Inc.

For more information about DTS X surround, please visit www.dts.com.

8 Comments on DTS X Surround Format (DTS:X)

  1. Well I experienced IMAX sound and 3D video at a thearter then the following week tried the 3D RPX Dolby Atmos surround at the same thearter and was not to impress because the quality of picture of movie was poor compare to the IMAX picture quaRead more…

    • Idiots on the road

      I saw the Hobbit movie in Atmos. It was kind of cool having sound come from above the head. It just didn’t feel like enough sound was always coming from over head……..so it was like one of those 3D movies where only “parts” of the movie were in 3D because they added 3D after the fact versus shooting it in 3D…. :/

  2. Aaron Kwekel

    Hello everyone,

    I currently just bought a new receiver from Denon. It’s the Denon AVR-4100W, they’re third best model on the market. I was actually wondering if DTS-X will be available for my receiver as a firmware update? This receiver is Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D certified.

  3. Aaron Kwekel

    One more quick question.
    I currently use my PS4 as my Blu Ray player for my HT. I just bought Def Tech speakers:
    2 x BP8060ST floor speakers
    1 x CS8060 Center speaker
    2 x BP8080 rear speakers

    I was going through my audio out input option on the ps4 and noticed there were three options to pick from:
    Linear PCM
    Bitstream (Dolby)
    Bitstream (DTS)

    Personally, i felt like DTS provided a deeper bass and louder than dolby. Then i tried comparing PCM to DTS and i still felt like DTS was louder and more powerfull.

    Any recommendations or options on the three audio options?

  4. PAUL A

    Stupid question, sorry:
    I had purchased 2 atmos speakers for front; had them on front speakers but did not notice much, so screwed them into the side walls, each side of the chair, in living room, facing up towards ceiling, only inches away from ceiling. My question is this though:
    because I want to truly hear sound from right above my head. -OR- DO I ACTUALLY NEED THE ATMOS SPEAKERS? Thanks.

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