Dolby: We can sort out dodgy sound on tablets
11th Mar 2011 | 09:20
Audio specialists looking to next form-factor
Dolby has told TechRadar that it would love to see its latest technology used to improve the sound on tablets, insisting that there's no reason that they can't be proper audio hubs.
Dolby was showing off its latest Dolby Home Theater 4 technology for PCs with launch partner Acer, which provides the kind of audio processing that you would normally only find in high end amplifiers.
Dolby told TechRadar that there was no reason why tablets as well as laptops could not use its offering – which includes company technicians carefully tailoring the sound of each different device.
"We showed off our first tablet with Dolby technology at Mobile World Congress," said a Dolby spokesman.
"There still seems to be some doubt in the industry as to whether a tablet is a small laptop or a big phone.
"But we do have an emphasis on tablets – and the first one has Dolby's mobile tech in it."
Sales director Andy Dowell insisted that the Dolby Advanced Audio was something that could quickly be integrated into the spate of tablets coming to market.
"We think we can improve sound in tablets as well," he said. "There's no reason that the form factor can't handle it.
"Our story in the tablet market will be quite similar to what we are showing here today.
"Dolby Advanced Audio is a subset of Dolby Home Theater which is tailored to devices that are smaller and I think tablet market will go in that direction as well.
"Tablets without HDMI outputs are perhaps focused on a more personal experience but there will be tablets in the market with HDMI that can be docked into a home theatre."