Fraunhofer Audio Blog – Behind the sound

MPEG-H Audio-enabled Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar now available

The AMBEO Soundbar from German manufacturer Sennheiser is now available to consumers. Sennheiser and Fraunhofer jointly developed the built-in virtualization technology based on Sennheiser’s AMBEO- and Fraunhofer’s upHear technologies, to create an immersive audio experience at home.

Enhanced MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In available for download

Version 2.0 of Fraunhofer’s popular MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPI) has arrived and comes with new features such as a 3D panner, authoring of dynamic objects and the option to export to ADM (Audio Definition Model). One of the first broadcast professionals to use the plug-in was Werner Bleisteiner, Creative Technologist at German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk BR. We asked him about his experiences with MHAPI so far.

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The Future of TV Audio at KOBA 2019

For the broadcast industry in South Korea, 2017 was an important year. South Korea became the world’s first country to launch a terrestrial UHD TV system based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. The new service not only introduced UHD resolution on the video side, but also significant innovations for audio, as MPEG-H Audio, a next generation audio codec, had been selected for the South Korean system.