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e-onkyo music Distributes the World’s First Implementation of Dolby TrueHD 5.1-Channel Surround Sound for Online Music (Japan Only)

May 10, 2012

Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation (a group company of Onkyo Corporation) plans to begin distribution of the world’s first Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound for online music through its e-onkyo music service on May 30, 2012, in collaboration with Dolby Laboratories, Inc. The e-onkyo music service is a high-quality music distribution service operated by Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation.

The e-onkyo music division was formed in August 2005 and has an extensive distribution content lineup including DRM (Digital Right Management)-free material and DSD format (since 2010), as well as the world’s first* high-resolution audio of rock group Queen (since 2011). The 5.1-channel surround sound audio source distribution is now offered as an additional e-onkyo music service.

The 5.1-channel surround sound package employs Dolby TrueHD lossless audio, the state-of-the-art technology developed by Dolby. This format has been widely used to provide high-resolution soundtracks for the latest Blu-ray movies. By using this format, surround music lovers can now enjoy a more immersive and dynamic listening experience. In a cooperative effort between Onkyo group companies, new Onkyo A/V receivers capable of playing e-onkyo music files encoded with Dolby TrueHD are expected to be released into the market at the same time as the introduction of this new service offering.

The audio content available for distribution comprises about 1,000 tracks across 100 albums from a variety of labels based in Japan and abroad. These include 2L, a classical music label based in Norway, and Octavia Records based in Japan—which also boasts one of the best classical music labels, EXTON—as well as “Saidera Paradiso” founded by world-famous audio engineer Ono Seigen.

e-onkyo music will make WAV and FLAC surround sound formats available for distribution at the same time.

The e-onkyo music business is planning to expand its services to overseas customers this autumn, with music encoded in Dolby TrueHD to be made available globally at that time.

*Information accurate as of April 2012 according to internal research.

About Dolby TrueHD Format
Being the latest high-definition audio codec from Dolby Laboratories, Dolby TrueHD vividly reproduces the original studio-master source without any compromises. The digital signal produced at the studio is preserved in its entirety, and furthermore, the data is able to be distributed in a compact container. With this advanced format, the listener can enjoy the same quality audio in their home as music and movie creators experience in the studio.

General Information About the Dolby TrueHD Service
(1) Service Starting Date: 1:00 PM (JST), May 30, 2012
(2) Anticipated Number of Albums Available: 100 Albums (1000 Tracks)
(3) Distribution Formats:
5.1-Channel Dolby TrueHD (192 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit)
5.1-Channel WAV (192 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit) and 5.1-Channel FLAC
(4) Price (Tentative): 3000 Yen per Album, 500 Yen per Single (Including Tax)

Playback Environment
Dolby TrueHD
Playback of Dolby TrueHD surround sound sources is available on Onkyo’s TX-NR717 and TX-NR818 A/V receivers, which are slated for release on the end of May. There are three convenient ways to play the high-resolution audio sources downloaded to your PC from the e-onkyo music website:

(1) Copy the audio data from PC to USB memory device (such as a flash memory drive or portable HDD). Then access the tracks via the A/V receiver’s USB port
(2) Copy the audio data from PC to NAS, and playback via the home network
(3) Connect PC to A/V receiver via the home network. Using the Home Media function on the receiver, allow it to recognize the PC’s HDD as a shared folder and enable access to the file.

WAV and FLAC Files
Via a 5.1-channel compatible USB interface, the user can play sources downloaded to PC.

Major Titles Available for Distribution*
• Camomile Best Audio: Emi Fujita
• Bach Toccata and Fugue, Organ Surround Illusion: Ales Barta
• Sound of World Heritage Würzburg Palace: Live Recording at Mozart Music Festival: Philharmonic Orchestra Wurzburg
• Bruckner in Cathedral: Czech Horn Chorus
• Surround Masterpiece Concert: Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
• 2L Audiophile Reference Recordings
• GRIEG Piano Concert: Percy Grainger & Kristiansand Symfoniorkester
• Amazon Forest Evening: Seigen Ono

*Availability of titles and labels may change without notice.

Music Labels
• 2L
This Norwegian label has a great catalog including Immortal Nystedt, which won “Best Surround Sound Album” and was nominated for “Best Choral Performance” at the Grammy Awards in 2007, and DIVERTIMENTI, which took out “Best Small Ensemble Performance”, “Best Engineered Album”, and “Best Surround Sound Album” honors at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

• Octavia Records
Being one of the best “specialized” classical music labels in Japan, Octavia Records has long experience in high-quality recording such as DSD and 5.1-channel surround sound. It also produced the first DVD Audio discs available in Japan. This much-admired label has won significant acclaim.

• Pony Canyon
Pony Canyon, part of Fujisankei Communication Group, possesses a lot of J-POP titles in its catalog. From this company’s lineup, Emi Fujita’s surround sound album will be made available for distribution. In Japan, she is known as “the high-resolution queen”.

• Nishimura
After parting ways with an audio manufacturer, Mr. Tatsuo Nishimura established a label in Germany specializing in DVD Audio recordings. He is well connected to mid-level European orchestras and conductors, and made a success of recording concert performances at world heritage sites. Mr. Nishimura continues to enjoy great esteem both in Europe and internationally.

• Saidera Records
As a recording engineer, Mr. Ono Seigen was an integral part of a number of high-profile artists’ projects, such as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1982. He is a respected champion of DSD, high-resolution audio, and the latest surround sound formats.

Comment from Mr. Michael Bergeron, Sales and Support Department, Senior Vice President of Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Consumer appreciation of the highest quality audio playback experiences is increasing. Onkyo’s e-music service with Dolby TrueHD enables the listener access to 100 percent studio master quality audio, delivering unparalleled detail and immersion, and reproducing every nuance of the recording or concert event. We congratulate Onkyo on their leadership in bringing these exciting experiences to the consumer through their download music service.

Comment from Mr. Shinsuke Yamashita, President of Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation
We are very glad that we can begin Dolby TrueHD lossless audio distribution via e-onkyo music in collaboration with Dolby. With the development of network audio and PC audio, high-resolution audio—which contains more information than CD—has become familiar. We would like to pursue further growth in our music distribution business. In strengthening the relationship with Dolby, we hope to expand the variety of surround sound content available and improve the user experience.

About e-onkyo music
Founded in August 2005, e-onkyo music is a high-quality music distribution website. Intended to offer the listener a chance to enjoy the quality of lossless audio in contrast to the experience offered by “compressed format” music distribution sites, e-onkyo music has built up an extensive catalog of high-resolution audio. Distributing 96 kHz/24-bit recordings of top artists around the world, including local giants Chie Ayado and Katsumi Watanabe, Jazz player Charlie Haden, and classical music stars Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, and Yutaka Sado. In July 2010, DRM-free distribution of high-quality sources—and the first-ever Japanese downloads of ultra high-quality 192 kHz/24-bit audio sources—were launched. With high-quality DSD format data distribution following in December 2010, e-onkyo music makes the highest quality music available in a wide range of formats. As of April 2012, titles in its catalog stand at about 60,000, with 1500 of those boasting more than 96 kHz/24-bit sample rates.
For more information, visit http://music.e-onkyo.com/

Company Profile
Company Name: Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation
Established: September 1, 1993
Capital: 308,000,000 Yen
Representative: Shinsuke Yamashita, President
Address: Onkyo Yaesu Bldg. 4F, 2-3-12 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
URL: http://profile.e-onkyo.com/index.htm

Contacts
Kosei Tanaka, Network Service Department, Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation
Tel: +81-3-3548-1577
Fax: +81-3-3548-1579
E-mail: shop@e-onkyo.com

Onkyo Corporation, Japan