SRS Launches First Complete Surround Sound Solution for Smartphones

Posted by at 11:36 am on November 30, 2010

SRS Labs today announced the first commercial deployment of SRS WideSurround, an audio solution designed to deliver the ultimate in immersive surround sound through a smartphone’s built-in stereo speakers, on the new Samsung Continuum Galaxy S smartphone.

“Today’s smartphones either carry or have access to massive libraries of songs, movies and TV shows but, unfortunately, almost all of these mobile devices suffer the drawback of collapsed audio, due to their small and closely spaced speaker configurations,” said Allen H. Gharapetian, Vice President of Marketing for SRS Labs. “As a result, it’s nearly impossible to experience an immersive surround experience from a mobile device. To address this inherent shortcoming, we have developed SRS WideSurround, which eliminates this challenge and effectively delivers a compelling and dynamic audio experience through the phone’s built-in stereo speakers.”

Smartphones are traditionally plagued with a limited sound stage, zero surround effects, as well as little channel separation or stereo output. Largely due to size limitations, stylistic design preferences and portability demands, smartphones are forced to rely on micro-sized speaker configurations and less than optimal placement of these speakers within the handset. The end result is a flat, tinny and universally collapsed personal audio experience.

SRS WideSurround creates an expansive personal surround field so, no matter if a user is holding the device in their hand or propping it up on a table or desk, the overall audio experience is notably more compelling, truly immersive and remarkably more engaging than traditional stereo. Additionally, SRS WideSurround-equipped smartphones, including the Galaxy S Continuum, will provide users with:

  • A wider surround sound image, so that audio appears to come from around the user and not narrowly emanating from the device itself.
  • Greater dynamic audio range, so that the precious highs and lows of a song or movie are retained

With SRS WideSurround, users of Galaxy S Continuum phones are among the first consumers to experience theater-like surround sound on their smartphones as they watch movies and TV shows, or listen to music on the go. SRS WideSurround is shipping now within the Samsung Continuum Galaxy S smartphone, which is available for purchase at  Verizon Wireless.

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