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18/04/2002

Quartz sign up to Dolby E Partner Programme

Quartz Electronics have signed up to the Dolby E Partner Programme which aims to provide support to broadcast manufacturers in developing and testing Dolby E compatible products.
Dolby E is an audio format that enables professional broadcast equipment to carry up to eight channels of audio plus metadata in place of a conventional stereo AES audio signal.
The technology for this compatibility is already inherent in Quartz' entire range of routers, and the compliance of Quartz' QMC master control switcher is being finalised. This will enable broadcasters and production studios to distribute multi-channel and multi-language audio around their facilities using existing infrastructures.
Quartz Managing Director, Alan Edwards, said: "This decision will be of great benefit to our customers worldwide, many of whom are already active in multi-channel audio broadcasting. Dolby E signal processing expands the power and flexibility of the Quartz audio product line without significant additional cost."
Jason Power, Market Development Manager at Dolby Laboratories, added: "By making their products compatible with Dolby E, Quartz is helping broadcasters deliver exciting multi-channel soundtracks to their audiences. We are pleased to welcome Quartz to the Dolby E Partner Program."
The Dolby E Partner Program includes leading broadcast equipment manufacturers and also provides broadcasters and system designers with accurate and helpful information about Dolby E compatibility.
Formed in 1990, Quartz Electronics Ltd have developed a reputation for the reliability and flexibility of its routing and system-control equipment.
Responding to customer needs, the company has produced solutions that match the technical and operational demands imposed in live broadcasting. Quartz' expanding product range is designed to be cost-effective, versatile and space-efficient, and is backed by high-grade technical support.
Dolby E was designed to ease the transition for DTV broadcasters from two-channel to multi-channel audio. More than 100 television networks and major post-production facilities worldwide are using Dolby E. Sony, Panasonic, and Thomson, are members of the Dolby E Partner Programme and industry adoption has made Dolby E the de facto professional audio coding standard for multi-channel audio distribution.
Quartz Electronic, www.quartzuk.com
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