The days of shouting into mobiles or having to turn up the volume to ear-bleeding levels just to hear your calls could soon be over.
NEC has just announced the world's first mobile phones with 'audio enriching' and noise-cancelling SRS TruMedia built-in.
With an active ambient noise management system, TruMedia enables phone users to hear better, and be heard. In normal listening environments, voices are given a Barry White-like deep, rich bass (I'm guessing it's not aimed at the ladies, then. On second thought, maybe it is...).
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In noisy environments, SRS TruMedia will sharpen the spoken voice and enhance the overall volume gain in real-time, improving voice intelligibility while helping you hear more clearly.
SRS TruMedia also aims to provide a cinema-like 5.1 surround sound experience over headphones when viewing multichannel video content. It doesn't sound as if virtual surround technology will feature, though.
"While communication is still a number one feature of mobile phones, it's no longer the only use. Today's users demand superior multimedia capabilities in their phones, making a premium audio experience just as important as a clearly understood phone conversation," said Allen H. Gharapetian, Vice President of Marketing for SRS Labs.
The NEC N-01A, N-02A, and N-04A DoCoMo handsets all feature 3-inch screens and 200+ minutes of 3G talk-time as well as the new sound tech. There's no word yet on SRS TruMedia showing up in any European or US handsets, but we'll keep you posted.