JBL, NAD First to Get Dirac Live Bass Management

Dirac Research, the Swedish technology company best known among S&V readers for its Dirac Live speaker setup/room-correction system, today announced that the Dirac Live Bass Management module it announced last December will debut in gear from JBL, NAD, Arcam, and Storm Audio.

The room-acoustics-processing module is designed to optimize a system’s subwoofers and speakers to deliver “consistent, accurate bass throughout an entire room.”

The M10 BluOS streaming amplifier and C658 BluOS streaming digital-to-analog converter (DAC) will be the first products from NAD to feature Dirac Live Bass Management, which will also be incorporated into StormAudio’s full line of processors and amplifiers and the majority of products from Arcam and JBL Synthesis.

The first in a series of modular add-ons for the Dirac Live speaker set-up/room-correction system, the bass-management module is available in single- and multiple-sub versions at a cost of $249 and $399, respectively.

Noting that sound waves bounce around and collide with one another to create areas of uneven bass, Dirac’s Niklas Thorin said Dirac Live Bass Management measures and phase corrects speakers and subwoofers across all frequencies, even in systems with multiple subwoofers, to improve bass clarity and tone throughout the room.

The system aggregates measurement and location data from each subwoofer to determine how bass is distributed, identifies gaps in the sound waves, and then distributes bass evenly across the room, he explained. It also corrects low-frequency sound waves produced by the main speaker pair so they’re in sync with the rest of the system. The processing makes it possible to place subwoofers anywhere in the room “without sacrificing performance for design, or vice versa.”

Dirac will conduct ongoing demonstrations of Dirac Live Bass Management at CEDIA Expo 2019, which will be held in Denver September 10-14. Watch Sound & Vision’s show coverage for more information and first-hand impressions of this and other new technologies.

For more information, visit dirac.com.

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