HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced enhancements to its leading-edge Clari-Fi software solution, building on a successful launch in 2014. When listening to music, Clari-Fi improves the quality of highly compressed digital audio by restoring the authenticity, ambience, warmth, and clarity that is lost in the compression process.
Clari-Fi now addresses lower quality audio streams compared to its previous version, including audio limited to frequencies as low as 8 kHz. Additionally, Clari-Fi now offers speech detection, detection of advanced codecs such as HE-AAC, smoother sounding high frequencies, and the ability to up-mix mono sources to stereo.
HARMAN’s innovative Clari-Fi technology is featured in a number of consumer electronics devices and automobiles in the following categories, including:
- Mobile: The recently introduced Huawei Mozart M2 is the first tablet on the market to feature Clari-Fi. Clari-Fi is also offered in several smartphones, including the Sharp Aquos and the TCL Idol 3, as well as the upcoming TCL Xess 17.3” mega-tablet.
- TV: The LeTV Max 4-70 smart TV is the first to include Clari-Fi to enhance the audio experience.
- Home Audio: Clari-Fi is featured in award-winning HARMAN products like the Mark Levinson No.585 amplifier and the JBL Authentics wireless speaker series.
- Automotive: Select car models from leading automakers, including Maserati, Lexus, Lincoln, Hyundai & Kia, rely on Clari-Fi to enhance the listening experience for their customers.www.clarifisound.com.
Clari-Fi continues to be completely automatic and works with a variety of sources, including discrete digital audio files, streaming music, and the video content from sources like YouTube. In contrast to competitor offerings, Clari-Fi does not blindly add equalization, bass boost, or other effects that alter the original artist’s intended listening experience. HARMAN’s proprietary predictive model intelligently and accurately recreates the lost information providing a high quality music listening experience.
“Day in and day out, HARMAN continues to innovate and find useful and cost-effective ways to enhance audio quality.” said Michael Mauser, President of HARMAN’s Lifestyle Audio Division. “Clari-Fi brings life and emotion back to music without adding complexity to the user experience. We’re delighted that Clari-Fi has been so well received in the marketplace.”
View the award-winning documentary, “The Distortion of Sound,” to learn more about how technology has changed the way we listen to music and how the quality of music has been impacted. The film captures comments from members of the recording industry and their concerns about the lack of realism offered by digitally compressed music.