Waves Audio Announces Its First Chip To Bring Virtual Reality Audio Capabilities To Any Headphone and Headset

February 28 2017, 03:00
At Mobile World Congress 2017, Waves Audio and Realtek unveiled their co-developed WNX7000, the world's first integrated circuit (IC) with Waves Nx virtual reality audio technology embedded. The DSP specialists from Waves co-developed WNX7000 in partnership with Realtek Semiconductor, one of the world's leading network and multimedia IC providers, creating a high definition audio DSP chip embedded with Waves Nx technology. A complete Low Power DSP & Codec Hub audio solution with an integrated headphone amplifier.

The WNX7000 solution combines Realtek’s audio codec technology and Waves' professional audio algorithmic capabilities, making it an ideal solution for any manufacturer interested in developing headphones or headsets capable of providing immersive, virtual reality audio experiences. The WNX7000 is designed to meet the evolving needs of the consumer electronics market and to bring virtual reality audio over headphones capabilities into any device capable of playing audio.

The high quality components provided by Realtek coupled with Waves’ state-of-the-art Waves Nx audio processor will enable any device to faithfully reproduce 5.1 and 7.1 surround and virtual reality audio content over regular stereo headphones, enriching the end-user’s audio experience. Waves Nx adds 3D audio to any content. It doesn’t require music, video or games to be specially encoded. Also, Waves Nx on WNX7000 runs more efficiently and allows reducing the processing load on the device’s main processor, thus increasing battery life and reducing power usage.

“WNX7000 is the ultimate top-tier audio performance enabler for any category of consumer audio devices,” says Tomer Elbaz, EVP & GM Consumer Electronics Division of Waves Audio. “It is a one-stop solution for headphones and any device using it will be capable of delivering the highest quality 3D audio with head tracking. We’re confident we’ll be seeing many top-tier gaming and multimedia headphones built around this component in the very near future.”

“Realtek Audio DSP solutions enable exceptional audio systems with high-performance specification yielding a high-quality listening experience,” says Realtek Vice President and Spokesman, Yee-Wei Huang. “When we partnered with Waves Audio to integrate their innovative VR audio capabilities on the new WNX7000 by leveraging our well-received Realtek audio DSP solutions, it quickly became clear that this would become a must have feature on headphones.”
www.waves.com/nx | www.realtek.com
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