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DVD-Audio demonstrated at AES 2003

Mar 22, 2003

DVD-Audio promoted to audio professionals as the natural successor to the CD

Amsterdam, 22 March 2003--Visitors to this year's AES will have the opportunity to hear DVDAudio, the leading multichannel music format and natural successor to the compact disc, as it exhibits for the first time at the show.

Dolby Laboratories is part of the DVD-Audio Consortium, comprising of hardware manufacturers and record labels. To promote the format, the consortium is exhibiting at Stand 2615 and demonstrations can be heard in Room N. A workshop panel, DVD-Audio: Explore the Format, will also be presented by leading industry experts from 13:30-15:30 on Monday 24 March. Representatives will be on hand throughout the tradeshow to provide information.

"We are excited by this opportunity to present DVD-Audio to key audio professionals during AES," said David Fraser, marketing manager, consumer electronics, Dolby Laboratories. "After only two years, sales of DVD-Audio players have exceeded the numbers of CD products sold in their respective launch period, and with over 450 titles now available from a range of artists such as Neil Young, Linkin Park, Alanis Morrisette, and R.E.M., we see DVD-Audio becoming a mainstream format for music releases."

He added, "DVD-Audio is the future of packaged audio media, and consumers will soon recognise its ability to deliver high-resolution audio and a wealth of value-added content."

About DVD-Audio

For the ultimate in audio resolution, DVD-Audio uses MLP LosslessTM technology from Dolby Laboratories to deliver a rich multichannel surround sound experience. Every nuance of the artist's original performance is captured and reproduced with a warmth and natural timbre that simply cannot be matched by the compact disc. In addition to unmatched high-resolution audio performance, many DVD-Audio discs include a wide variety of multimedia-related information, such as a visual display of song lyrics, original album art, artist images and biographies, and more. DVD-Audio discs can also include music-video or concert footage mastered in Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound. The majority of DVD-Audio discs include a "companion" Dolby Digital encoded version of the audio selections, allowing them to be playback-compatible with all DVDVideo players--tabletop, portable, and mobile alike--presently available in the marketplace today.

About MLP Lossless

MLP Lossless, licensed by Dolby Laboratories, is the core audio technology behind multichannel DVD-Audio. MLP Lossless technology enables content providers to encode up to six channels of 24-bit/96-kHz surround sound, or stereo at 192kHz sampling, onto a DVD-Audio disc to provide the most realistic and involving high-fidelity audio. Playback of MLP-encoded content is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master tapes: nothing is lost during the encoding/decoding process. DVDAudio reproduces the exact same sound that musicians and mixers hear in the studio.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories, the worldwide leader in sound innovation, 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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Sarah Dawson, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (44) 1793-842195 smd@dolby.co.uk