AES San Francisco 2010
Workshop W2

Thursday, November 4, 9:45 am — 11:45 am (Room 120)

W2 - Standards for Multichannel Audio Distribution

Veronique Larcher, Sennheiser Research
Peter Jax, Peter Jax, Technicolor, Research, & Innovation
Rozenn Nicol, Orange Labs
Nils Peters, CNMAT, ICSI, UC Berkeley
Jack Vad, San Francisco Symphony
Wilfried van Baelen, Galaxy Studios

The case of 7.1 audio distribution seems to be well covered with Blu-Ray disks and Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD formats. But how should this audio content be streamed? What mechanisms are in place to play it back on mobile platforms? Or to broadcast it to stadiums? To the home? The benefits offered by more channels and specifically by surround sound with height are gaining traction in the car industry. What benefits exactly? Will the channel inflation ever stop? The video industry has made progress toward ubiquitous high-definition and 3-D formats. What are their constraints to combine their video content to our multichannel audio? This workshop will gather practitioners from these application fields and collect everyone's hopes and constraints towards the next multichannel audio distribution standard.

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