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Panasonic To Incorporate DTS 2.0+ Digital Out Into 2013 TV Line

By February 2, 2013

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Panasonic has inked a deal to incorporate DTS 2.0+ Digital Out into its new 2013 60-series Plasma and LED/LCD TV line destined for the North American market. With the addition of DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Panasonic TVs will be able to decode incoming DTS audio streams from both physically and internet/connected sources for playback on through the TV's built-in sound system, or pass the stream from the TV to compatible, external audio systems.

The way DTS 2.0+ Digital Out works is that it can recognize incoming DTS audio streams (such as a 5.1 channel stream), decode it, and then downmix it to 2-channels for playback on the TVs built-in speaker system.

However, in addition, it can also pass an undecoded incoming DTS bitstream through the TV and back out to a compatible home theater receiver or sound bar via the TV's digital optical audio output connection, or via HDMI using Audio Return Channel. The receiver or sound bar can then decode the DTS bitstream for up to 5-channel playback (or more) according to its capabilities.

The incorporation of this new feature gives compatible TVs the ability to handle both incoming Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams that may be available from Broadcast, Cable, Satellite, Internet, or other connected sources.

For more details, read the Official DTS Announcement

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