Dirac and BES to offer Dirac-enabled BES chipsets to headphone manufacturers

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The digital audio company Dirac and chipset manufacturer BES have announced a partnership to pre-integrate the Dirac’s Virtuo and Opteo software onto BES chipsets to be used by leading headphone manufacturers.

The partnership will enable the two companies to offer packaged Dirac-BES solutions that allow manufacturers to quickly and efficiently equip headphones with premium-quality sound. boAt, Monoprice, and Sudio are the first headphone brands to leverage Dirac-enabled BES chipsets in their devices.

"Dirac is known for pioneering the industry’s most advanced digital signal processing solutions that are relied upon by many of the world’s blue chip technology brands across a range of markets,” said Nilo Casimiro, Product Lead at Dirac. “However, increasingly key to our growth strategy are partnerships with leading chipset designers like BES to integrate our solutions directly onto their hardware – delivering tremendous value for our shared OEM customers. This partnership with BES represents an important step forward in our mission to deliver superior sound for everyone.”

Dirac Virtuo employs a high-resolution binaural room impulse response technology to restore speaker crosstalk and correct the stereo soundstage – which means that the sound seemingly comes from a pair of premium stereo speakers in front of the listener, rather than from inside their head – creating a truer, more accurate stereo soundstage than regular headphones can deliver.

Dirac Opteo enhances audio performance by using patented technologies that perfect the sound via data-driven, semi-automatic tuning and advanced audio processing features for richer vocals and deeper bass.

Commenting on the announcement Guoguang Zhao, the General Manager of BES, said, “Our premium-quality chipsets now with pre-integrated Dirac technology make it easier than ever for manufacturers to equip their headphone with improved audio quality that deliver better listening experiences for consumers worldwide.”

Dirac has formed similar partnerships with chipset designers ADI and NXP in the automotive and home theatre market segments, but this collaboration with BES represents the first time Dirac has partnered with a chipset designer in the headphone market.