Pioneer will tap Dirac
HD Sound technology in their next iteration of loudspeakers. The company reached a licensing agreement with Dirac Research that will enable Pioneer to utilize the technology for the first time in its Pioneer Desk Live series, a lineup of powered speakers with a sleek, modern form factor designed for computer users and décor- conscious music enthusiasts. Listeners can expect superb audio playback in this new line of USB-powered speakers, delivering high performance from smaller, stylish loudspeakers.
The Pioneer Desk Live ISS-C270A-S with Dirac HD Sound will be available in mid- July.
The objective of the new product line is to deliver high resolution and precise staging from a near field design using engineering innovations from Pioneer combined with Dirac’s award-winning digital audio processing. These technological advances have enabled Pioneer to deliver unprecedented accuracy and musicality from an attractive lifestyle speaker lineup suited to any décor or application. The first of these new models will become available in Japan mid-July, 2014 with a succession of models and markets to follow.
“Both Dirac and Pioneer have a long history of making great audio products and we are excited for an opportunity to bring Dirac HD Sound technology to Pioneer’s high performance loudspeakers,” commented Steve Hase, executive vice president of licensing at Dirac. “This cooperation with Pioneer and our most recent automotive venture with Volvo highlight the flexibility and diverse capabilities of Dirac’s audio processing technologies,” Hase added.
“Our vision is to combine the best of traditional speaker design with world class digital audio technology in an entirely new way,” stated Hideki Nara, general manager of the speaker business planning department in the industrial solutions business division at Pioneer Corp. “By using Dirac’s cutting edge solutions, we have been able to realize this vision and design loudspeakers with higher performance and increased flexibility. We consider Dirac to be a highly reliable engineering partner.”
Dirac HD Sound is an advanced digital audio processing technology that utilizes impulse response and frequency response optimization. With Dirac’s smart speaker concept, loudspeaker manufacturers such as Pioneer are able to increase performance and shorten the design process across a diverse range of form factors.