DTS, Inc. provides audio solutions for high-definition entertainment experiences. The company’s audio solutions are designed to enable recording, delivery and playback of simple, personalized, and immersive high-definition audio and are incorporated by licensee customers worldwide into an array of consumer electronics devices, including televisions (TVs), personal computers (PCs), smartphones, tablets, digital media players, video game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, audio/video receivers (AVRs), soundbars, DVD based products, automotive audio systems, set-top-boxes (STBs), and home theater systems. DTS Solutions At DTS, the company combines various technologies and capabilities into what the company calls ‘solutions,’ each designed to address the needs of a particular product, market, or consumer use case. The company’s portfolio of advanced audio solutions addresses a spectrum of product applications within the markets that the company has targeted. The company’s solutions combine several technologies, frequently including both codec and audio processing capabilities, to deliver a comprehensive, easy to deploy package for the enhancement of a product's audio performance. Further, with the launch of its Headphone:X technology, the company has added the ability for manufacturers and consumers to tune or personalize their products for an optimal audio experience. Products manufacturers can use this capability to create a unique, signature sound for their products, such as speakers, soundbars, or headphones. Consumers can use its Headphone:X personalization technology to enhance the audio output of a device based on their own hearing characteristics and preferences, thereby creating a truly unique and unparalleled listening experience. DTS Headphone:X—A Home Theater in Pocket In January 2013, the company announced and demonstrated the headphone technology: DTS Headphone:X, which allows mobile devices to turn an ordinary pair of headphones into a personal surround sound system—effectively turning one's device into a ‘Home Theater in Pocket.’ Headphone:X reproduces the home theater surround sound experience through a simple pair of headphones or ear buds. DTS Headphone:X allows movies, music and games to sound exactly the way the creator intended. This technology allows the user to experience the full 11.1 channel surround sound of a movie theater from a tablet, smartphone or other device without the need for a multi-speaker set-up. DTS Play-Fi—Wireless Streaming Technology With Play-Fi, the company enables consumers to build on their mobile headphone experience and connect to the audio systems in their home. The company’s Play-Fi solution enables the synchronized streaming of music directly from a mobile device over a standard wi-fi network to anywhere in the home. This solution allows the consumer to play music uninterrupted without the various alerts that plague Bluetooth audio playback, yet still being able to use the mobile device for calls, text messages, Internet, etc. In addition, Play-Fi allows for multi-room, multi-source audio synchronization, again utilizing standard wi-fi capabilities that are built into most mobile devices and an increasing number of homes. DTS-UHD—Object-Based Audio The DTS-UHD audio decoder enables soundbar, HTiB and AVR manufacturers to bring the advanced features of object-based audio to the consumer market. In addition to rendering object-based audio content, DTS-UHD supports complete compatibility for playback of DTS channel based content, providing the audio experience from any content featuring DTS audio coding. Research and Development The company carries out research and development activities in the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Taiwan. The company’s research and development expenses totaled approximately $31.1 million during 2013. Seasonality Consumer electronics manufacturing activities are lowest in the first calendar quarter of each year, and increase progressively throughout the remainder of the year. The third and fourth quarters are the strongest in terms manufacturing output as its technology licensees increase their manufacturing output to prepare for the holiday buying season. Competition The company’s primary competitor is Dolby Laboratories, who develops and markets, among other things, high-definition audio products and services. In addition to Dolby, the company competes in specific product markets with companies, such as Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen, and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. History DTS, Inc. was founded in 1990.
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Calabasas, CA 91302
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