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More Manufacturers Introduce New Dolby E Products at NAB 2003

Apr 3, 2003
Las Vegas, April 3, 2003--Dolby Laboratories is proud to announce several new products that incorporate or support Dolby® E technology. Euphonix, Nvision, and Videotek will announce or display new professional audio products featuring Dolby E technology at this year's NAB show in Las Vegas from April 5-10.

"Dolby E is becoming a standard technology for multichannel audio delivery in broadcast, and we are seeing many new pro audio products designed for broadcast that include Dolby E built-in," said Tom Daily, Marketing Director, Professional Audio, Dolby Laboratories.

At NAB 2003, Nvision is introducing the NV5128-MC Master Control/Routing Switcher. The NV5128-MC is the first master control switcher to use Dolby E technology. The unit offers the Cat. No. 552 Dolby E/Dolby Digital Multichannel Decoder Module as a built-in option that enables switching of Dolby E encoded programs. This eliminates the need for external decoders ahead of the master control switcher.

Jay Kuca, Director of Marketing for Nvision, said, "The entire audio path of the NV5128-MC was designed with multichannel audio in mind. Since Dolby E is becoming the de facto coding method for the delivery of multichannel audio, it made sense to us to integrate Dolby E decoders in the product."

The Videotek ASM-100 Audio Signal Monitor, which will be on display at the show, also offers the Cat. No. 552 Dolby Dolby E/Dolby Digital Multichannel Decoder Module as an option. The ASM-100 is an advanced audio monitoring instrument for multichannel, multiformat scenarios. By incorporating the Cat. No. 552 module, the ASM-100 provides audio monitoring capability for Dolby E and Dolby Digital encoded programs.

For support of a Dolby E infrastructure and Dolby Digital metadata authoring, Euphonix's new Max Air audio console can control the Dolby DP570 Multichannel Audio tool directly from the console using programmable GPI/O closures that enable real-time creation of Dolby E and Dolby Digital metadata. Remote control of the DP570 from the Max Air console also enables real-time capability of checking of downmixed versions of the program being created.

Dolby E is the standard format for delivery of programming to broadcasters for their Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound television services. Using Dolby E technology, both 5.1-channel and stereo mixes can be carried via a single stereo outside broadcast link or on two tracks of a server or VTR.

Euphonix, Nvision, and Videotek are all part of the Dolby E Partner Program, which provides broadcasters and systems designers with critical information about the Dolby E compatibility of professional broadcast products. This information helps broadcast audio professionals make product purchasing and system design decisions to take full advantage of the benefits Dolby E technology can add to their facilities. More than 25 manufacturers are part of the Dolby E Partner Program. For more information about the program, please visit www.dolby.com/tech/dolbyE_prtnr_prgrm.html.

About Dolby E

Dolby E helps broadcasters upgrade from two-channel to multichannel audio. More than 100 television networks and major postproduction facilities worldwide use Dolby E technology. They recognize it is as a complete solution for television professionals who want to carry eight channels of audio, plus Dolby Digital metadata, via a two-channel digital audio infrastructure. The major broadcast equipment manufacturers, including Sony, Panasonic, and Thomson, are members of the Dolby E Partner Program. Industry adoption has made Dolby E the de facto professional audio coding standard for multichannel audio distribution.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories creates technologies that enhance the entertainment experience, making it richer, fuller, and more involving. For almost four decades, Dolby has been instrumental in defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the privately held company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles and licensing liaison offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

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Adam Anderson, Dolby Laboratories, 415-645-5176 aja@dolby.com