For those of you who have been following us for some time, you may recall that we teased a new development in hi-fi audio recording and playback that we called Project IRL back in 2019.

Since that announcement, we’ve seen a wave of interest from studio engineers, professional musicians, and avid hobbyists eager to learn more. Unfortunately, due to some setbacks since that time (especially COVID complications) we haven’t had much to share in the way of updates.

That is, until now.

We’re thrilled to announce that we have received a patent allowance for the foundational technology of Project IRL and will be releasing more details about this technology before long.

Truth be told, some of the most widely-adopted audio technologies, including Dolby Digital* and DTS*, are mere simulations of a live listening experience.

With the introduction of Project IRL, the simulation is obsolete.

We have plans to develop this into a complete ecosystem consisting of recordings, playback configurations, and more. For now, feel free to listen to (or revisit) these sample IRL recordings courtesy of Maxwell Hughes and SLCAudio:

Sample IRL Recordings

As a reminder, this new technology will not make your loudspeakers obsolete, as the bulk of the technology is upstream from the loudspeakers. Our loudspeakers are and will continue to be central to the listening experience.

Stay tuned, as we will have much more to share about Project IRL very soon. And trust me, you won’t want to miss out on what it has to offer.

– Eric Alexander

* Note: Dolby Digital and DTS are trademarks of their respective holders. The use of these terms does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Dolby, Xperi, or any other entities associated with these trademarks.

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