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Dolby & 5.1 Entertainment Partner to offer Headphone Technology on DualDisc Format

from press release issued this week. (edited for brevity)

Dolby Laboratories and 5.1 Entertainment Group/Silverline Records, the first label to produce and market music recordings in the DVD-Audio format, are collaborating to integrate Dolby Headphone technology on the new DualDisc format, which features CD compatibility on one side, and DVD compatibility on the other.

With DualDiscs, two-channel stereo recording is found on the CD side, while complete album in high-fidelity 5.1 sound with MLP Lossless, the core technology for DVD-Audio players, is found on the opposite DVD side.

The DVD side contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack for playback on traditional DVD-Video players, and a range of special features such as music videos, interviews, photos, Web links, concert footage, and lyrics.

Dolby Headphone tracks encoded on these discs enable listeners to enjoy dramatic effects of multichannel music soundtracks through any set of headphones connected to selected Dolby Headphone hardware devices.

Silverline DualDiscs are currently the only DualDiscs to feature Dolby Headphone-encoded AAC and WMA files. Tracks encoded with Dolby Headphone are designed to be played via devices such as the Apple iPod, AAC or Windows-based portable players, and PCs.

Robert Cray’s latest release marks the first of over 200 DualDiscs that Silverline Records will release with Dolby Headphone-encoded music.
 

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The Dolby Headphone track on the T2 Disc has a spatial sound to it, but not very directional as one would expect.

It's a nice addition to the dual disc for those who don't have DSP on their receivers.

I would think that it would tend to 'colour' the music a bit too much for my liking though.
 
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