CES 2013, LAS VEGAS – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), today introduced QuantumLogic 3D, a powerful new technology that brings an unmatched three-dimensional surround sound experience to in-car audio. Built upon HARMAN’s patented QuantumLogic Surround (QLS) digital signal processing technology, QuantumLogic 3D accurately identifies and redistributes audio streams, and incorporates additional audio streams that are reproduced via overhead speakers to create an unmatched three-dimensional surround experience.
innovations reflect years of research into the science of sound perception and
advanced signal processing along with an intimate knowledge and expertise in
acoustics, recording and playback technologies. QLS-3D technology is compatible
with mono, stereo, and multi-channel content and creates a natural
three-dimensional sound field without the artificial effects used by competitive
surround sound technologies. QuantumLogic 3D technology is
available today for all automotive OEMs, and provides an important
differentiator for automotive manufacturers looking to stand out with their
premium audio offerings.
The roll out of
QuantumLogic 3D expands HARMAN’s lead in the exploration of the use of surround
sound in consumer and professional environments where QLS has already been
called one of the most important advancements in audio since stereo.
While the move from mono to stereo clearly represented a significant
music industry landmark, the impact of QLS-3D is poised to become the reference
standard for three-dimensional audio playback for music and video sources of the
experience in digital signal processing for home and automotive applications,
the accuracy of the QLS-3D algorithm and its ability to create an entirely new
listening experience uniquely positions HARMAN as a leader in three-dimensional
surround,” said Sachin Lawande, executive vice president and co-president,
Lifestyle and Infotainment. “Through the introduction of technologies such as
QLS-3D we’re working with our automotive partners to enable even more
possibilities for in-car audio.”
QuantumLogic 3D uses
proprietary algorithms to extract audio streams (voices, instruments and spatial
information) from the music source. The Aesthetic Engine, the brain behind QLS
psychoacoustic intelligence, then identifies and sends those audio streams to
the appropriate speaker locations depending on the listening environment.
By design, QLS-3D uses only sources from the original material and does
not add special effects, like reverberation, to create a three-dimensional
surround experience. Embedded spectral and spatial qualities are
maintained in a way that remains true to the integrity of the original
recording. QLS-3D multi-channel surround sound output is
compatible with all system architectures and will meet progressive content
challenges to ensure today’s consumers receive the best audio experience well
into the future.
QuantumLogic 3D audio system will be available for demonstration at HARMAN’s
technology showcase at The Palms during CES 2013 by appointment only.
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) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.