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Ray Dolby has passed away. The founder of Dolby Laboratories back in 1965 was most known for the development of the Dolby noise-reduction system. He is one of two other audio pioneers who have also left us recently, Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and Dr. Amar Bose.

Ray Dolby affected each and every one of the members and readers of this forum in one way or another, from the cassette player with noise reduction to today's blockbusters with lossless audio.

Thank you, Ray, for what you helped the world achieve in audio performance.

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RIP Mr Dolby.
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Very interesting bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Dolby
He blinded us with science! I know, not that Dolby.. but he was quite an engineer.

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RIP. You will be missed...


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The company has transformed the entertainment experience from the cinema to the living room to mobile entertainment. Dolby has definitely left his mark on the world. I remember the first time I heard a HiFi VCR connected to a Dolby surround receiver I was blown away! And I've been hooked ever since. Thanks Ray for opening my ears.biggrin.gif

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My condolences to his family and to the Dolby Lab's people. He may rest in peace.
His memory will be with us every time we will go to a movie theater or turn on our home theater.
Thanks, Mr. Dolby

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Rest in peace, Ray...

When I was in high school, circa 1988, I wanted a Walkman. They were fairly inexpensive, as they were very popular those days, but I managed to save up for an above-average Panasonic with special features like an equalizer, extra bass, AND DOLBY NR. Man, was I proud of that logo on it, in gold print and all, but the way it sounded was phenomenal. Ever since all my audio had to have the best DOLBY enhancements. Thank you, Dolby Labs.
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It's an interesting twist- Dolby started by compressing analog audio, taking out the noisier parts of the spectrum at the top and bottom- then ended up supporting expansive multichannel digital audio. All along, in service to audio (although, candidly, I did not like Dolby NR at all at the time) by using lots of brainpower. A life very well lived.
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Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dolby family.
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RIP Mr. Dolby. Thanks for everything you've done for the industry.

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His research allowed high fidelity entertainment to leave the home and enter the car. Thank you so much, sir...truly a life well lived.

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RIP mr Dolby... Soooo many lives changed for good...

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Hate to see people go. Especially ones that helped shape our world. I fell in love with surround sound only in 2007. I guess i have him to thank.

Thanks Dolby. R.I.P.

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It's really sad so many of these amazing innovators in the audio world are passing on, they have given their all, their influence and spirit into the world and hopefully there legacy will survive into this scary brave world of hifi that is losing itself but just my opinion of course.
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Dolby Laboratories has change the way we hear film sound in the theaters and in the home for the last 48 years and counting and Ray Dolby was a big part of it. RIP Ray Dolby and thank you for making our movies sound better.
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RIP.

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I remember the first FM radio walkman I purchased back in the early 80s, that dolby switch really created a dimensional airy experience thorugh the earphones with alot of FM music broadcasts. Sheer genious IMO.
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I was visiting another tech forum where someone posted news of Ray's death. The thread had zero replies.

At first, I thought it was sad that no one had anything to say about someone who did so much for the world of audio.

Today, it hit me - perhaps those people unwittingly hit upon the best tribute to Ray Dolby possible:

A thread that was completely.....silent.
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