PRESS RELEASE: Auro-3D® Auriga™ AV Receiver Brings Immersive Sound in 3D into the Home

Auro Technologies launches world’s first true 3D home theatre AV receiver at High End 2014 – Available Today

Munich, Germany, 15 May 2014 – Since its inception, the Auro-3D® format has revolutionized the audio world by creating the most realistic, natural sound experience available by adding the missing height dimension around the listener. Until now, this 3D immersive sound experience has only been available in Digital Cinema, with almost 500 screens confirmed to be equipped with Auro 11.1 by Barco™ around the world. But now it is set to enter the consumer market as Auro Technologies announces its Auro-3D® Auriga™ AV receiver, manufactured together with StormAudio™, and available with global distribution starting today.

Auro Auriga
The Auro-3D® Auriga™ is set to revolutionize the home theatre world in much the same way as the leap from Stereo to 5.1 Surround sound.
The Auriga™’s Auro-3D® format creates an amazing immersive experience around the listener which surpasses anything you’ve heard before.

“The difference between Surround 5.1/7.1 and Auro 9.1 is much bigger than the difference between Stereo and Surround Sound… Suddenly it all feels so natural using the Auro-3D® listening formats.” Morten Lindberg – 17 times Grammy Award Nominations for Best Surround Productions

Over 100 international films are already slated for release in Auro-3D®, including current blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman 2, with many more film and over 200 music titles to come. “The Auro-3D® audio format is actually the best. We believe they are going to be the leaders in the market, and we believe they are to create a very valuable experience.” J. Katzenberg – Co-Founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation

Auro Technologies’ unique and groundbreaking technology offers true 3D audio playback capabilities with more than 8 PCM channels using existing Blu-ray™ players. The single file distribution and backwards compatibility of the Auro-3D® format allows 3D sound to be easily delivered into the home via Blu-ray™ discs, with playback in Stereo, 5.1 / 7.1 Surround Sound, and Auro 9.1. (up to Auro 13.1). Additionally, the integrated Auro-Matic® allows existing, native Stereo and Surround Sound content to be up-mixed, converting legacy film and music into a natural 3D listening experience.

The Auro-3D® Auriga™, as a full-function state-of-the-art processor, supports the most advanced high-resolution audio and up to 4K video formats, and comes ready for current 3D audio formats with Auro-3D®’s technology suite. Supporting all available high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the Auriga™ combines in a single unit the best technologies in an elegant form designed for the discerning eye of the luxury residential customer. Its level of performance is unprecedented for a single chassis component and has only been achieved before through the use of multiple separate processors and high quality power amplifiers.

“The Auro-3D® Auriga™ is a milestone for home cinema. It is the first device that can deliver true native sound in 3D from a standard Blu-ray™, thanks to the Auro-3D® technology,” says Wilfried Van Baelen, inventor of the Auro-3D® format and CEO of Auro Technologies. “In 2011 we introduced Auro-3D® into the digital cinema, and now we have worked with StormAudio™ to bring the Auro-3D® immersive experience to consumers at home.”

Based on specifications from Auro Technologies, the Auro-3D® Auriga™ has been entirely designed and manufactured by StormAudio™, the Residential Division of Digital Media Solutions Group (DMS), based on its recognized In-House experience in Surround Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifier technologies, exclusively for Auro Technologies.

“We are excited to work together with Auro Technologies to make Auro-3D® sound systems available to consumers, so the audience can feel immersed in the movie or music,” said Yves Trélohan, CEO at DMS. “This partnership agreement for DMS to design and manufacture the Auro-3D® Auriga™ will enhance the experience at home in Surround and Immersive Sound to an unprecedented level.”

The Auro-3D® Auriga™ is the first of many products which will bring the Auro-3D® Immersive Sound format into consumer electronics sectors such as gaming, mobile devices, headphones, as well as into the automotive and broadcast sectors.

Main Auro-3D® Auriga™ features:

  • Professional grade quality design
  • Set-up and parameters via LAN or Wi-Fi connection
  • Remote control over LAN or Wi-Fi, via Smartphones, iPads or Android-based devices
  • Sophisticated equalization and multi-subwoofer management
  • 16 audio channels  (13 amplified channels plus 4 RCA lines)
  • 4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output
  • Remote monitoring capabilities

Main supported audio and video formats:

  • 3D High-Definition Audio: Auro-3D® (Auro 8.0 up till Auro 13.1)
  • High-Definition audio: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® TrueHD
  • 3D HD video support, 4K support (coming soon)

Technology and processing capabilities:

  • Auro-3D® Engine (includes Auro-Codec® Decoder and Auro-Matic®)
  • HDMI V1.4a compliant digital audio with video pass-thru
  • 2 ADI SHARC 4 processors
  • 1 Sigma DSP
  • HDMI 192kHz audio support