Fraunhofer has developed this system, based on the MPEG-H 3D Audio standard, to offer an enhanced sound experience for broadcast and new media services such as UHDTV, immersive music services, 4K video streaming or Virtual Reality.
The system is mature technology fully implemented in consumer products today. Low-complexity software implementations, patent licensing, and decoder and product certification are available to manufacturers.
To indicate to consumers that products implementing the MPEG-H Audio System will interoperate correctly, Fraunhofer operates the MPEG-H Audio System trademark program. The program is optional and administered without charge by Fraunhofer.
MPEG-H is a new audio technology providing more realism through sound from above as well as around the listener. Audio objects in the system allow consumers to automatically hear content in their preferred language when available and to adjust dialogue or commentary to their preferred level. Users may select different mixes prepared by the broadcaster, such as home or away team commentary, or even make their own mix of the audio elements.