Xperi's DTS AutoStage is the Next Big Thing in Infotainment

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
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Xperi’s DTS AutoStage is the next evolution in multimedia, if you turn on the radio while starting your car like millions of others do worldwide.

Let’s face it, over the years, terrestrial radio has taken a beating, as has the record industry and how we consume music and information. Despite that, or maybe because of it, we still turn to the radio in our vehicles to give us an update on traffic, weather, sports, and what’s new in music.

Xperi Holding Corporation, the owner of HD Radio and DTS Connected Radio Brands, along with pay-TV service TiVo, is using their technology to deliver digital radio in-vehicle infotainment via DTS and HD Radio. Concentrating on improving the source, Xperi offers broadcasters HD Radio, TiVo, AIM (all in media), and Arctic Palm, tools needed to deliver better listener experiences. DTS AutoSense is an advanced in-cabin monitoring system that includes driver monitoring, occupant monitoring, iris identification, and advanced biometrics. After all, who better to invite along for the ride than Big Brother?

Utilizing what Xperi calls the largest and deepest broadcast and music metadata set, DTS AutoStage is a global hybrid combining linear broadcast with IP-delivered content for a more personalized in-cabin infotainment experience. DTS AutoStage adds internet connectivity to deliver on-air radio program information, and features such as artist, album, song, lyric, and station details, related events at nearby venues, internet-only content, podcasts, and more. DTS AutoStage is currently compatible worldwide with analog FM, DAB+, and HD Radio formats.

In-car DTS Neural Surround and Neural:X technology will surround you in music and movie entertainment, provided that you’re not watching while driving, now are you? Autonomous driving portends to things like this happening and is supposedly okay despite all the warnings about distracted driving, and that autonomy and inattention are a recipe for disaster. Of course, if we’re talking about keeping the kids entertained in the back seat with DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD for streaming, and DTS Headphone:X, that’s a moot point.

The best part? DTS AutoStage is being incorporated into new vehicles from many OEMs, so it may already be included. For older vehicles, the technology will likely find its way into head units from all the major car audio companies, another reason for me to upgrade the system in my daily driver in the coming months.

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  • Bunkie Bunkie on Feb 12, 2021

    Frankly, the best choice for me these days is the CD player. Satellite radio is awful. I particularly despise the fact that I have to cycle through three channels of the screaming promo for it while selecting an input source. Internet radio is great except for that the system in my car tends to have a hard time restoring the audio connection to my phone after interruptions from incoming spam phone calls. It requires far too much manual intervention to get reconnected. Lots of music on an SD card? Sounds great unless your infotainment systems insists on reindexing the entire collection each time you start the car. Luckily, I have a CD player and a large collection of CDs. The part that they got right in my car is the excellent Revel speakers and CD sound glorious with no compression at all. It’s a bit of a pain to shuffle them, but careful selection of CDs with longer playing times goes a long way to minimize this.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 12, 2021

      My car has a CD changer but no USB, so I burn my own CD's. On my last big road trip, I burned some material in advance (including podcast episodes I was interested in), but the laptop made the trip as well, along with a stack of blank CD's. [Download and burn at the hotel using WiFi, enjoy the next day in the wilderness where there is no cell service.] A nice CD case (complete with blank CD-R's and Sharpie) lives in the passenger door map pocket. My truck has a 'new' receiver and I go with a memory stick there (no resequencing in use, but I will never understand who or what decides which track goes where when you add to your list). [I also have a cheap 'FM transmitter' interface in the car (using a memory card or Bluetooth to my phone), but it is so much easier, better sounding and safer to use the car's original audio controls (with the CD changer).] I know some people love satellite radio, but I have never been able to stand the compression when listening to 'real' audio material (music not spoken word) - maybe there is something wrong with me.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Feb 12, 2021

    An AM FM receiver with a USB port and bluetooth would meet all my needs.

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