The DVD Forum announced today its has finalised the format for DVD Audio.
The new specifications, which will be published in a DVD Audio Format Book in the spring, are the product of discussions which began back in January 1996.
The Forum discussed the issue with the music industry and interested parties in US, Europe and Asia and came up with numerous technical solutions to implement the format.
Foremost in the specifications, both stereo sound and multi-channel mixes for playback in home theatre or cars can be placed on the same DVD Audiodisc, resulting in digital recordings that will be technically more faithful to the original studio master recording.
The sonic improvements are possible as a result of two factors: the DVD disc capacity which is nearly seven times that of compact discs and advances in sound recording technology since the introduction of the CD in 1982.
Members of the International Steering Committee(ISC), which represents the worldwide recording industry, said products based on the new format would be available in the near future.
According to research firm IDC, DVD Rom will finally take off in 1999, but the CD-Rom will remain dominant with growth only slowing down towards the end of the year. (See Newswire 8 February)
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