HDS – High Definiton Stereo, what is it?
HDS is a computer based technology that offers enhanced sound quality compared to traditional stereo. It reproduces the sound of the original recording in a more exact way. The HDS effect is immediately audible and makes most people smile! Using good quality listening facilities, the result is a natural soundstage with breathtaking realism, and the HDS effect may be enjoyed even on humble laptop speakers. Please see our technology page for more information.
When should I use HDS ?
Just enjoy the realistic and natural soundflow of HDS for all types of digital audio, be it music, video, movie, streaming radio and TV.
Are there any prerequisites for using HDS?
Not really, but as HDS is working in the digital domain, it is necessary to route the audio stream to and from the HDS software program. For playback on a laptop, various 3rd party programs for audio routing must be present. This is platform-dependant, but in the normal case it is taken care of by the installation. Please see the install descriptions for further details.
Do note that HDS is based on Java. Make sure Java is pre-installed, see this link: http://www.java.com/en/download/
Can HDS be used with Windows?
Yes, HDS is compliant with all modern versions of Windows, but for playback on the PC, a program called Virtual Cable should be preinstalled. Further, because the Windows audio system may be too complex to anyone but the expert, a Windows trouble shouting guide is provided, describing proper setup and containing answers to a list of known Windows problems.
Can HDS be used with Apple OS X?
Yes, HDS is working well with OS X, but for playback on the Mac an excellent freeware program called SoundFlower must be preinstalled as this will provide audio routing. Please see the install descriptions for detailed instructions.
Can HDS be used with Linux?
It is most likely that HDS will work well on Linux. Please investigate the use of a program entitled Jack for audio routing, and please do report the results so that we may provide further info here!
Can HDS be used with Android?
At the moment Android is available in the Froyo 2.2 version, but unfortunately, this version does not offer functionality for routing (capture) of arbitrary audio streams. Yet, HDS is available as an integral module in particular apps made by HDSL. Please contact us for further enquiries.
Can HDS be used with iPhone 4.x or later versions?
Not yet, but please be back for release of iPhone versions medio 2011.
Is HDS available as a plugin for professional DSP / DAW programs?
Yes, HDS is available as VST (Win/Os X) and AU (Os X) plugins, please contact us for further enquiries.
May I use headphones?
No, this is a technology for loudspeakers, be it on your laptop or as integral part of high end stereo or surround equipment.
May HDS be combined with traditional stereo or surround systems (5.1 or 7.1) ?
Yes, and with excellent results, but with remarks. For superior quality, you will need a soundcard connected to your laptop, unless this has an optical SPDIF outlet. See the Surround guide for further details. It is also possible to connect the “headphones out” to a normal stereo system of any kind.
Any competing products with comparable technology or effect ?
Yes, the excellent and increasingly reputed speakers from GenevaLabs are in fact comparable, presenting a mild HDS listening effect.
How about Spotify, Wimp, GrooveShark, Raphsody, YouTube, and other streaming services?
Yes. Once installed on a laptop or Mac, HDS will automatically work perfectly with all multichannel audiostreams running on the computer. It will work equally well with streaming services and local players like e.g. Windows Media Player.
What is the effect of using HDS on a mono stream?
None whatsoever. Two or more channels are mandatory. Please make sure the computer is capable of stereo playback prior to investigating our demos or installing the software.
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