AES-X188 initiation

[page updated 2009-08-10]

This project was proposed by Stefan Bock. It was approved under our rules by Subcommittee SC-02 and assigned to the working group SC-02-08 on Audio-File Transfer and Exchange.

TITLE AES-X188, Screen-less navigation for high-resolution audio on Blu-ray Discs
SCOPE to recommend a method for authoring an audio-only Blu-ray Disc to enable playback in screen-less consumer systems, and to provide simple stream and track selection using the remote control of a normal Blu-ray Disc player.
OUTPUT INTENT Information document
RATIONALE High-resolution audio, presented as uncompressed LPCM, has been waiting for a suitable transport format for some time. The Blu-ray disc format offers such a transport and supports the necessary linear and lossless codecs as part of its basic specification. While many Blu-ray players can be found in home theatre and games environments, there are some issues that need to be addressed before they can be introduced into a hi-fi environment that does not have a screen to present visual menus for audio stream setup and track selection.
WHO BENEFITS? Record companies who wish to offer a high-resolution product using current technology; mastering facilities, and recording studios; end users who wish to enjoy high-resolution audio.
WHY AES? The AES is committed to high-quality audio in all its forms. Its members include respected practitioners in all related areas.
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