Dolby Showcases Audio Innovations Driving High-Definition Entertainment

January 8, 2009 | 13:07

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First Televisions with Dolby Volume Unveiled for US and Europe

Las Vegas, January 8, 2009—At the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), will highlight the first television sets for the US and European markets that feature Dolby® Volume audio technology. The company will also demonstrate the latest entertainment innovations that feature Dolby’s world-class audio technologies, including home entertainment systems, PCs, and mobile devices.

Located at booth 20901 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Dolby is highlighting new televisions and audio-video receivers featuring Dolby Volume. A breakthrough audio-processing technology, Dolby Volume provides a consistent volume level across all content sources and creates a reference-quality listening experience at any level. Devices featuring Dolby Volume are the new Toshiba RegzaTM series LCD televisions for the European, Japan, and US markets, and the Harman Kardon® AVR 7550HD audio-video receiver (AVR), which earned the prestigious 2009 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering award.

“Dolby Volume gives consumers more control over their listening experience so they can enjoy their programming the way they want to hear it.,” said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. “At CES, we are also showing the latest HDTVs, Blu-ray DiscTM players, PCs, and mobile devices that use Dolby technologies to deliver truly exceptional entertainment.”

Enlivening HD Entertainment

At ICES 2009, Dolby is demonstrating Dolby Pro Logic® IIz, its newest matrix decoding technology designed to add new dimension and spaciousness to home entertainment systems. Dolby Pro Logic IIz utilizes front height channels to create three-dimensional effects for a 7.1 or a 9.1 channel listening experience and is backwards-compatible with Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology. Dolby is featuring a prototype Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1 AV receiver from ONKYO in its exhibit. Dolby is also showing Dolby TrueHD, a lossless compression technology developed for high-definition disc-based media and Dolby Digital Plus which delivers up to 7.1 channels of surround sound with better-than-DVD sound quality.

Dolby Digital Plus, recently adopted in France for high-definition television broadcasting., is featured in televisions from Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony; a set-top box from Humax, and Vudu's movie download service.

Nearly 70 home audio systems and 50 Blu-ray Disc players from 30 companies around the world use Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, or both.

Enhancing the Sound in a Broad Range of Devices

At its booth, Dolby is showcasing PCs, mobile phones, and peripherals that feature its premium technologies. Today, four of the world’s top five PC makers, and mobile handset makers LG and Sharp, offer products with Dolby audio technologies. These include:

Laptop PCs from Acer, HP, Sony, and Toshiba that incorporate Dolby Home Theater® (for a cinema-style experience in vivid surround sound) or Dolby Sound Room® (for a stunning personal listening experience from any pair of speakers or headphones).

Mobile phones that use Dolby Mobile for a premium listening experience. Most recently featured on the LG Renoir handset, Dolby Mobile brings depth and richness, as well as clean, powerful bass, to deliver a more immersing and engaging listening experience.

Gaming headsets from Logitech, Plantronics, and Turtle Beach that feature Dolby Headphone. Dolby Headphone allows users to listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with dramatic surround effects.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go. Visit for more information.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the performance, capabilities, and impact of Dolby Volume, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Home Theater, Dolby Sound Room, Dolby Mobile, and Dolby Headphone, and the anticipated or potential benefits that manufacturers and consumers may derive from these products and technologies; the availability of new televisions and AVRs with Dolby Volume and an AVR with Dolby Pro Logic IIz, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks that Dolby Volume, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Home Theater, Dolby Sound Room, Dolby Mobile, and Dolby Headphone may not perform as anticipated; risks associated with building market acceptance for high-definition audio and digital technologies in general, and Dolby technologies in particular; competition in the market for high-definition audio and digital technologies; rapid changes in technical requirements for high-definition audio and digital technologies; the development of markets for Blu-ray Disc, broadcast, consumer electronics, PC, gaming, and portable and mobile devices that incorporate Dolby technologies; the risk that new televisions and AVRs with Dolby Volume and AVRs with Dolby Pro Logic IIz will not be available on the market in 2009 or at all; and other risks detailed in Dolby's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned "Risk Factors" in its most recent Periodic Report on Form 10-Q or 10-K. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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