Can Swedish digital audio pioneer Dirac, disrupt the wireless headphone market with the same level of innovation that it has already demonstrated in the home theater and car audio markets?

We are big proponents of Dirac Live having experienced it in multiple home theater AVRs and wireless speakers like the Dynaudio Focus 50. There is a somewhat steep learning curve but the results almost always worth the effort and this could potentially be a huge advancement in the wireless headphone category.

Dirac and leading multinational chipset maker BES today announced a partnership to pre-integrate the Dirac Virtuo™ and Dirac Opteo™ software onto BES chipsets to be used by leading headphone manufacturers.

The partnership enables the two companies to offer packaged Dirac-BES solutions that allow manufacturers to more 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. With Dirac Virtuo™, 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™ elevates audio performance to altogether new levels using patented technologies that perfect the sound via data-driven, semi-automatic tuning and advanced audio processing features for richer vocals and deeper bass.

“BES is dedicated to advancing state of the art consumer audio products, and this new partnership with Dirac helps further catapult us to the forefront of headphone innovation,” said Guoguang Zhao, the General Manager of BES “Our premium-quality chipsets now pre-integrated Dirac 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 theater market segments. This collaboration with BES represents the first time Dirac has partnered with a chipset designer in the headphone market.

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