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#397104 - 09/13/13 10:57 AM Dolby is dead.
nickbuol Offline
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No, seriously. Ray Dolby died at 80 years of age.

More impactful to me than with expert marketing genius Amar Bose passed away earlier this year.

Here is a video in remembrance of Mr. Dolby.
Remembering Ray Dolby
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#397114 - 09/13/13 07:17 PM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: nickbuol]
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I hope he didn't die of a hissy fit!

Seriously, some form of Dolby NR (from Type B on up) through the more recent surround modes and codecs have enhanced my music and home theater experiences since I was a lad.

Thank you for that, Mr. Dolby!
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#397122 - 09/14/13 10:12 AM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I think a moment of relative silence (-10 dB) would be appropriate for the passing of Ray Dolby.

Seriously, a brilliant inventor. The various codecs Dolby Labs developed for Dolby Digital multi-channel surround, both in the cinema and for domestic surround are flawless and greatly enhanced home theater and music reproduction realism.

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#397123 - 09/14/13 11:06 AM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: alan]
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Indeed! And let's not forget that he also gave us Thomas Dolby, who was blinded by science.


Edited by BobKay (09/14/13 11:07 AM)
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#397124 - 09/14/13 01:02 PM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: BobKay]
nickbuol Offline
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Originally Posted By: BobKay
Indeed! And let's not forget that he also gave us Thomas Dolby, who was blinded by science.


No Disrespect for Ray Dolby, but click here.
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#397125 - 09/14/13 04:21 PM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: nickbuol]
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Funny, Nick, that's at the performance center of an alma mater of mine. Nice hall. Bet it sounded great live. Not that I'd drive or pay to see him...
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#397134 - 09/15/13 09:45 AM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: BobKay]
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Originally Posted By: BobKay
Indeed! And let's not forget that he also gave us Thomas Dolby, who was blinded by science.


As I discussed with BobKay in a PM, Thomas Dolby is NOT related to Ray Dolby; in fact, "Dolby" is a stage name of Thomas Robertson, the musician.
Might as well squelch this myth that's been floating around for decades. From Wikipedia, here's the story:

"The Thomas Dolby stage name originated from a nickname that he picked up around "the early 70s", when he was "always messing around with keyboards and tapes".[5] His friends nicknamed him Dolby, from the name of an audio noise-reduction process from Dolby Laboratories used for audio recording and playback. British singer Tom Robinson was popular when Dolby began his career, and Robertson chose to adopt the stage name "Thomas Dolby" to avoid confusion. Early publicity implied that "Dolby" was a middle name, and that the artist's full name was Thomas Morgan Dolby Robertson; this is not true, but he does sometimes informally go by the initials TMDR.

After the release of "She Blinded Me With Science", Dolby Laboratories expressed concern regarding the musician's stage name. Dolby's record label refused to make him change his name, and Dolby Labs did not raise the issue again until later. After a lengthy legal battle, the court decided that Dolby Labs had no right to restrict the musician from using the name. It was agreed that the musician would not release any electronic equipment using the name.[6] (Coincidentally, inventor/founder Dr. Ray Dolby had a son named Thomas.)"

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#397136 - 09/15/13 12:00 PM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: nickbuol]
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#397139 - 09/15/13 02:17 PM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: nickbuol]
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bummer.
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#397146 - 09/16/13 08:27 AM Re: Dolby is dead. [Re: nickbuol]
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To expand on the wiki, CBC Interviewed Thomas Dolby over the weekend to discuss the death of Ray Dolby, even though they knew there was no blood connection. According to Thomas, the lawsuits were dropped after Thomas and Ray finally met in person and Ray realized that (in the words of Thomas,) "I wasn't such a bad bloke."
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