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| Sharp to Market DVD Player with Theater-Like Sound
February 24, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Sharp Corp. said that on Feb. 26 it will
begin sales of a new DVD player, the DV-S200, with a built-in DTS decoder
circuit that offers theater-like sound quality.
|It will be the first DVD player to incorporate a built-in DTS decoder.
DTS, a new format for recording audio data that is being
adopted for use in a variety of applications including movie soundtracks,
was originally developed by Digital Theater Systems Inc. in the United
States. It has been attracting much praise from audio and movie enthusiasts,
who laud its ability to give realistic audio playback.
DTS boasts a higher bit rate than the Dolby Digital format that is the
current norm for use on the soundtracks of DVD movies. With Dolby Digital,
audio signals are processed at a maximum rate of 448kbps. The comparable
figure for DTS is almost 3.4 times faster than that at 1,536kbps.
In the United States and other countries, some DVD movie titles that
use the DTS format are already on the market (for further details refer
--in Japanese, http://www.dtstech.com/
-- in English). However, currently available DVD players are merely
capable of outputting the DTS data through ordinary digital audio output
jacks, even if they claim compatibility with DTS.
With Sharp's new DVD player it is possible to have multi-channel playback
of audio signals in different formats, including DTS and Digital Dolby,
by connecting up a 5.1 channel audio amplifier to the player's 5.1 channel
analog output jack.
The new player measures 270mm (wide) x 338mm (deep) x 80mm (high) and
weighs around 2.5kg. Its power consumption is 16W, and when switched
off it consumes no power at all because its 100V AC mains power supply
is physically cut off.
The price of the player is to be 83,000 yen (US$695), and Sharp plans
to manufacture 1,000 units per month.
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