Experience Immersive & Personalized Sound

Experience Immersive & Personalized Sound

MPEG-H Audio is a new audio technology providing more realism through sound from above as well as around the listener and an unprecedented degree of freedom to consumers to personalize the audio experience.

To ensure the best user experience and interoperability across all different devices, such as TV sets, set-top boxes, sound bars or AV receivers, the MPEG-H Audio System trademark program has been introduced. Look for products displaying the MPEG-H trademark as your assurance they will work together and deliver you all the new and exciting MPEG-H Audio features.

Personalize Your Sound

With its unique personalization features, MPEG-H Audio offers viewers great flexibility to actively engage with the content and adapt it to their own preferences. The easiest way to interact with the content is to select one of several different predefined audio presentations. Those are complete audio mixes with a descriptive label attached to them, for example "Normal TV mix", "Dialog enhanced audio" or "Venue sound". Furthermore, simple adjustments are possible, such as increasing the dialogue volume in relation to other audio elements. And finally listeners can dive deeply into advanced scenarios in which certain audio elements of the audio mix may be selected and adjusted in level and/or position.

A user interface displaying all personalization options is available on all MPEG-H Audio enabled devices or apps so that viewers can personalize their content using, for example, the remote control of the TV or the touch screen on a mobile device. With its innovative system design, the MPEG-H Audio user interface will automatically adapt to the content creator's intentions and only display the interactivity options currently available.

Audio presentations

Select your preferred audio presentation
from several preconfigured versions in one stream

Multi-language programs

Seamlessly switch between languages

Dialog+

Adjust the dialogue level to your preference for enhanced speech intelligibility

Customizable audio description

Adjust the level or pan to a different position for spatial separation from the main dialog

Options for Sports programs

Personalize your sports experience
Select from multiple commentaries - home vs. away team
Select a venue experience with stadium announcer

Options for live music

Personalize your concert experience
Select your virtual listening position:
arena: stage sound vs. audience sound
concert hall: conductors vs. orchestra vs. balcony position

Immersed in Sound

MPEG-H Audio opens an entire next level of sound going beyond stereo and surround. With sound coming from above a third dimension is added to the audio experience. With the impression of height listeners experience sound in a much more realistic and natural way. Based on the playback system, the soundscape can be extended with sounds from below like footsteps down on the floor.

MPEG-H Audio makes it possible to truly immerse and envelop yourself in sound from all directions. Enjoy music and sport events that immerse you in sound from every direction. Sound from all around you brings you in the middle of the action and gives you a more realistic impression.

Live sports events

Hear the crowd cheering around you

Experience the stadium announcer from above

Hear the fans of both teams on different sides of the stadium

Live music concerts

Hear the audience besides and around you

Hear the music from the front stage

Experience MPEG-H Everywhere

Crafted for the latest ways to consume media, the MPEG-H Audio system brings the highest quality and user experience everywhere and on all devices from mobile phones to TV sets. The built-in renderer adapts the content to the playback capabilities of the device. There is no need to choose from complicated selections to find the content version which best works for the device.

There is only one kind of MPEG-H stream delivered through all streaming or broadcast platforms to all kinds of receiver and playback devices, from headphones to sound bars and discrete loudspeaker systems. The device will take the MPEG-H stream and automatically adapt the audio reproduction to the current device capabilities.

Just select your favorite content and enjoy the best possible quality on your device.

on the go

Enjoy immersive three-dimensional sound through your headphones from your mobile device

Binaural rendering enables virtual 3D sound through headphones

See here to learn more

in the car

Enjoy sound around you in the car through your in-car entertainment system

in your living room

Personalize your sound on the TV set or through your streaming app

Enjoy immersive sound through MPEG-H enabled sound bars: just one single device below your TV set creates 3D sound in the room thanks to the 3D virtualizer in the sound bar

See here to learn more

in your home theatre

Connect your TV set or streaming box to your AV Receiver

Use MPEG-H enabled AV Receivers with your 3D loudspeaker setup to be immersed in sound around you

Video: MPEG-H Audio Explained

Available Music Streaming Services

360 Reality Audio is a new immersive music format, based on MPEG-H Audio technology. It brings artists and their fans closer together than ever before. Music has never been so real and so immersive. Sony introduced the format in October 2019. There are more than 3000 songs from major labels such as Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music as well as live concerts offered by Live Nation.

Available Streaming Services

This is a list of music streaming services that offer their subscribers a new immersive music experience based on 360 Reality Audio with MPEG-H:
Amazon Music HD
360 by Deezer
nugs.net
Sony Select
Tidal

Available Broadcast Services

The MPEG-H TV Audio System is used as the sole audio system in the world’s first terrestrial UHD TV service in South Korea. Launch of the system was in May 2017.

Set-up Guide

Using an MPEG-H TV Audio System equipped TV

The MPEG-H TV Audio System, or MPEG-H in short, is built-in to your TV and your TV’s remote control can be used to operate all MPEG-H features. When operating your TV for the first time, you may wish to set your preferred language for TV commentary or dialogue and adjust the dynamic range to match your listening environment. Your TV’s instruction manual will explain how to navigate to the MPEG-H settings.

MPEG-H offers the full dynamic range produced by the content creator or broadcaster for a realistic home theater experience. By setting a desired dynamic range profile, louder sounds may be made softer and softer sounds louder so programs can be heard without disturbing others or for cases where there are high levels of noise in the listening area.

MPEG-H equipped TVs also offer interactivity when it is created or enabled by the broadcaster. Broadcasts may allow you to select alternate commentary, listen to dialogue in another language, or adjust the loudness of dialogue or other audio elements in the program. Your TV will remember your settings for each program between commercial breaks or switching channels. These settings can be reset to their default values through the reset command on your TV’s MPEG-H menu.

MPEG-H may be played back with the internal speakers of a MPEG-H enabled TV set, with speakers connected to an AV receiver, or with a soundbar connected to the TV set.

How to connect a TV to an MPEG-H enabled soundbar

A soundbar generally offers better sound than a TV’s internal speakers and advanced MPEG-H enabled soundbars can create a realistic immersive sound experience. Soundbars with the MPEG-H trademark connect easily and directly to your TV. Simply connect your soundbar’s HDMI output to your TV’s HDMI input that supports the Audio Return Channel, shown as cable (1) in the diagram. This input may be marked (ARC) on your TV. Use your TV’s audio settings menu to select ARC as the audio output instead of the TV’s speakers and turn off your TV’s internal speakers.

Once your soundbar is connected, it is automatically controlled by commands sent in the MPEG-H bitstream from your TV or other source device. You may use your TV’s remote to interact with MPEG-H features in each program or change the volume.

If all components in your system have the MPEG-H trademark, you are not required to connect them directly to the soundbar’s HDMI inputs for immersive sound. Unlike other audio systems, MPEG-H sources may be routed through an MPEG-H TV with full fidelity.

How to connect an MPEG-H enabled set-top box to a soundbar and TV

Cable TV, IPTV, or satellite TV set-top boxes, as well as digital media adapters used for internet video delivery, offer access to additional programming or on-demand content. They can be easily connected to your soundbar and TV. Simply connect your set-top box’s HDMI output to your TV’s HDMI input, shown as cable (2) in the diagram. When watching the output of your set-top box, use the set-top box’s remote control to adjust the MPEG-H features and settings.

How to connect an MPEG-H enabled AV receiver

For the ultimate listening experience, you may wish to use individual speakers instead of a soundbar. MPEG-H enabled AV receivers connect easily and directly to your TV. Simply connect your AV receiver’s HDMI output to your TV’s HDMI input that supports the Audio Return Channel, shown as cable (A) in the diagram. This input may be marked (ARC). Use your TV’s audio settings menu to select ARC as the audio output instead of the TV’s speakers and turn off your TV’s internal speakers.

Once your AV receiver is connected, it is automatically controlled by commands sent in the MPEG-H bitstream from your TV (or other source device). You may use your TV’s remote to interact with MPEG-H features in each program or change the volume.

If all components in your system have the MPEG-H trademark, you are not required to connect them directly to the soundbar’s HDMI inputs for immersive sound. Unlike other audio systems, MPEG-H sources may be routed through an MPEG-H TV with full fidelity.

How to connect an MPEG-H enabled set-top box to an AV receiver and TV

Cable TV, IPTV, or satellite TV set-top boxes, as well as digital media adapters used for internet video delivery, offer access to additional programming or on-demand content. They can be easily connected to your soundbar and TV. Simply connect your set-top box’s HDMI output to your TV’s HDMI input, shown as cable (B) in the diagram. When watching the output of your set-top box, use the set-top box’s remote control to adjust the MPEG-H features and settings.

For the enthusiast or technician

Note that these connection examples are for simple systems and are focused on playback of MPEG-H content. They also use the TV-centric approach to source switching since that is the most common for simple systems. Some users may wish to switch sources with their AV receiver or soundbar, as shown with cable (C) in the diagram above. Users should consult the instruction manuals for their equipment for information on more complex systems, for optical disc playback, or other signal sources or sound formats.

Note that equipment without the MPEG-H trademark may not pass MPEG-H bitstreams from their inputs to outputs correctly, and it may be necessary to use HDMI or optical connections directly from source devices to the AV receiver or soundbar.

For more information, please visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/mpeg-h