New Gizmo Promises to Return Original Sound to Compressed Music

From Computerworld which, of course, is at CES in Las Vegas.

Audio technology company Harman International today announced software that automatically analyzes and upgrades the audio quality of all types of compressed, digitized music to restore the sound as it was originally recorded by the artist.

The technology, called Signal Doctor, will be available in a number of new Harman consumer products and in new Harman-branded automotive audio systems this year. The announcement was made at the InternationalConsumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

According to Harman, an original recording can lose up to 90% of the audio content when it’s compressed into an MP3 or streaming music file format. Signal Doctor can restore the missing audio content in order to return the music to its uncompromised, original format, the company said.

Okay, you have my attention.  Let’s keep reading. (Thanks to John for the link.)

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One thought on “New Gizmo Promises to Return Original Sound to Compressed Music

  • Creative Labs made the same promise with their X-Fi sound cards and chips. I’ll remain skeptical … for now…


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