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YARRA 3DX: Worlds Most Advanced 3D Audio System
The world's first affordable, 3D Audio sound bar for gaming, home theater, music, and VR/AR.
Comhear
San Diego, United States
$887,968 USD total funds raised
1476% funded on October 27, 2017
Overview
The YARRA 3DX sound bar and included subwoofer replace traditional 5.1 or 7.1 home theater setups. The system delivers a “sound field” around your head of the surround experience you get from multiple speakers by beaming the exact audio your left and right ears would hear in a real multichannel room. It’s really that simple. When you realize that everything we hear — including spatial location — is done with just our two ears, you understand. You have to hear it for yourself — it really works!
Prototype Stage
Prototype Stage

THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED 3D AUDIO PLATFORM

Perfect for gaming, music, & home cinema!

YARRA 3DX is the world's first 3D audio sound bar that delivers the same immersive entertainment experience as multiple speaker home theaters and 3D audio headphones. This small "smart" sound bar makes you feel like you're sitting in a high-end theater by delivering discrete left and right "beams" of binaural 3D audio to up to three individual areas in your room!

Hear every detail as if you were immersed what you are watching!

"Today I've had the opportunity to experience the demo of the product we are all eagerly waiting for. I was speechless. The sound coming out of this bar is mind blowing!

I am not associated with the company, but frankly speaking, for this amount of money (and yes, even the shipping cost outside US) you cannot, and let me repeat, you cannot get anything better on the market. 

I was literally blown away, smiled like an idiot for more than an hour. The sound was coming from everywhere! When you close your eyes, you don't have the feeling that you are in a room anymore. You think you are in the middle of a movie, a game or in a perfect concert hall.Absolutely stunning! IMAX quality sound system in your apartment and I am not kidding! 

I cannot praise the team enough for their communication. This project should serve as a pilot project for a Kickstarter for all the future creators out there. Peter, thank you so much for today's presentation. I could write another few lines about my excitement, but you will all experience it next year. This is just crazy!" Grega Petek

“Met Mark and Peter and they were gracious enough to let my two friends and me sit in the studio while they did the live stream. I’m already a backer, and now the two friends I brought are backers as well. We were able, after the live stream, to sit down and listen to a near field example of beam forming. Absolute magic. 

The ability to create a wrap around sound stage is absolutely stunning. I signed up because I thought this would be a nice upgrade to my TV sound bar. I left thinking this may well replace my high end audio speakers as well. 

I walked away comfortable in the knowledge that these guys are exactly who they say they are, and the product does everything they say it will do. I’m very excited to take delivery early next year.” Pierre

 

 

 

TNW: “It sounded really good, and more importantly, the surround effect worked really well. I could hear bullets whizzing past my head in a gaming demo, or pinpoint exactly where sounds were coming form in a popular audio clip.

The Absolute Sound: “I was impressed and intrigued by the ambient and immersive environment this little bar created.

Audioholics: “The YARRA 3DX sound bar was able to focus three discrete audio programs to three specific areas of the room. There was no "crosstalk" or bleed. I was amazed.

 

 

Each YARRA 3DX comes with a powerful subwoofer to support bass frequencies present in movies soundtracks, hi-fi music, games, and VR experiences. The wired YARRA 3DX subwoofer has a 5.25" driver and 30 Watt amplifier that outputs deep bass from 50 - 100 Hz.

 

Yarra 3DX uses state of the art audio technology to enhance user experiences in the following areas:

YARRA 3DX AND GAMING

Gamers realize the importance of highly accurate, immersive sound fields delivered in environments seen and unseen! This gives you the ultimate gaming experience without the need for bulky headphones, taking gameplay to a new level.

  • Localize friends or foes in highly accurate sound fields
  • Lose the weight and intrusion of headphones
  • Increase social engagement with other players
  • Gain strategic advantages through heightened sound cueing

Hardcore Gamer:

The sound of him talking and using the razor moved where I was sitting, as if an actual person was circling me

Xbox Addict:

Compact sound bar designed to improve the experience for music, video and gaming"

 

 YARRA 3DX AND MOVIES

Experience the full effect of surround soundtracks in 5.1, 7.1, or 11.2 without the expense of a home theater setup.

  • Digitally model the finest speaker systems in the world
  • Put a complete surround sound system in any room
  • Enjoy surround sound without a home theater setup
  • Includes a powered subwoofer for deep bass effects

 

YARRA 3DX AND VIRTUAL/AUGMENTED REALITY

Transaural 3D audio provides two critical elements that have been missing in traditional headphone delivery: accurate sound field modeling and "outside your head" localized sounds.

  • Dramatically enhanced sound spatialization
  • Highly accurate sound field modeling
  • Situational awareness using 3D [X,Y,Z] audio worlds
  • Natural immersive listening without headphones

 

YARRA 3DX AND MUSIC

Music is transformed from traditional stereo to a multidimensional envelope of warm, natural sound. YARRA 3DX uses sophisticated sound field modeling techniques and transaural beamforming to increase perceptibility of low level details, dramatically expand the soundstage, and enhance presence. 

Yarra 3DX will make you feel like you are watching your favorite music live!

We've demoed the YARRA 3DX for professionals, audiophiles, gamers, music lovers, and the general public. The response — as you can see from the following videos — has been universally positive. We can't wait for you to experience immersive, 3D Audio without multiple speakers or headphones from the YARRA 3DX system.

 

 
 

 

 

The YARRA 3DX sound projector is controlled by an app that runs under iOS and Android operating systems. It allows users tremendous control of all  aspects of the system including: Surround vs Stereo Mode, EQ Controls, User Presets Settings Load & Save, Input Selection, Surround Setup and More!

YARRA 3DX is easy to setup and use, simply supply power, plug in your source, and connect the subwoofer. However, we want to make sure that your first YARRA 3DX listening experience meets your expectations. so we've included a custom DVD disc [NOTE:  also available for downloading] full of great demonstration content and  instructions on how to maximize your listening pleasure.

The disc includes binaural demonstrations, 5.1 surround music, movie trailers, and game soundtracks — everything you'll need to wow your family, friends, and yourself right out of the box.

The YARRA 3DX system is comprised of three components. The sound bar contains 12- 33m drivers and directs the beams of sound, the subwoofer reproduces all of the non-directional low frequencies, and the app, which is used to configure, control, and customize the system.

Drivers

  • Diameter 33 mm 
  • Driver spacing 38 mm 
  • Frequency Response 50 – 20,000 Hz (with supplied subwoofer) 
  • Mean SPL 80 dB ± 3 dB 
  • 98.2 dBA broad band steady state @ 1 Meter 
  • 99.8 dBA peak…call it 100dBA @ 1 Meter 
  • Max SPL deviation -1 dB Impedance 8 ohms 
  • Nominal input power per driver 2W, 4V 
  • Max input power per driver 3W, 4.9V

Internal Amplification

  • Class D 4W x 12

DSP and Beamforming

  • Quad Core 500 MIPS 
  • Internal EQ processing: 8 x 4 Band Parametric 
  • Internal Beam Forming Modalities: Center, Stereo 3D Beam-forming; variable throw up to ~30 ft. 
  • 160° V x 20° H max coverage per beam; up to 5 x 20° beams possible 
  • Side lobe attenuations of at least 20dBA

Input/Output Connections

  • Line in analog 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo 
  • HDMI Digital Input (ARC)
  • 1 - USB  B Digital Input (Also Firmware Upgrades) 
  • Line Out subwoofer 1/8” mono
  • 1 - 3.5 mm Heapdhone output

Decoding

  • Dolby Digital

AC power

  • Condor Switch-Mode 
  • Model: FJ-SW1203300 
  • Input 100-240V~, 50-60Hz, 1.5A max 
  • Output: 12V 3300mA

Sensitivity

  • Self-amplified, line level analog input or USB digital input

Max power before distortion 

On axis, binaural mode:

  • SPL white noise @ 1 meter – 104.8 dBA before distortion 
  • SPL 1K sine @ 1 meter – 97 dBA before distortion

On axis, in center beam mode:

  • SPL white noise @ 1 meter – 107.3 dBA before distortion 
  •  SPL 1K sine @ 1 meter – 94.5 dB before distortion

Firmware

  • V 1.0, upgradable in field via USB 
  • GUI: PC based in-field programmable control of beam width, level, EQ, etc. via USB

YARRA 3DX as a consumer project was initiated in late summer of 2014. The research done at the Spatial Audio Lab at UC San Diego under the direction of CSO and faculty member Peter Otto, resulted in our first sound bar — the ProAV model.

Research

 

Industrial Design

Prototype Testing

 

The industrial design of the YARRA 3DX system was developed over many months after extensive research and market surveys. Tandem Design — a Santa Monica-based design firm with years of experience with sound bars — provided the YARRA 3DX team dozens of potential designs, revised countless details, and produced working prototypes in both black and silver. 

 

Multicoloured Lights

The YARRA 3DX has a  row of LED lights along the bottom edge that can be switched on or off. Gamers will undoubtedly appreciate the ability to customize the look and feel of their YARRA 3DX system.

End Stands

Another detail desktop users will appreciate are the adjustable "end stands". These can be used to elevate the main YARRA 3DX unit above the base of a computer monitor or display.

Wall Mountable

The YARRA 3DX main array has standard mounting holes located on the rear of the unit, which can be used to easily and safely attach the sound bar to a wall.

The founders of Comhear Inc. envision a future where immersive, 3D audio can be delivered without multiple speakers or headphones. They reached out to a Peter Otto, Director of Sonic Arts R&D at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and initiated a series of research projects into beam forming and spatial audio realization. The results of those projects resulted in several patents and products — AND Peter leaving his directorship after 25 years to join Comhear in July of 2016 as the company's Chief Science Officer.

 

The YARRA 3DX sound projector product & campaign was conceived and developed in 2016 with the assistance of Peter's college friend Mark Waldrep, PhD,  award-winning audio engineer, audiophile, record producer, and founder of AIX Records, under the guidance of Comhear senior management.

 
 

Our goal is to reimagine immersive, 3D audio using innovative cutting edge technologies. We've made incredible progress towards this ambitious goal but we need your help in bringing our patented technology to you.

TOOLING AND MANUFACTURING COSTS

The research has been done, concepts validated, working prototypes assembled and  tested, and now we simply need to ramp up manufacturing. We've secured strong relationships and know the costs needed to produce tooling, purchase materials, manufacture units, and distribute the YARRA 3DX smart bar to consumers.

BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE FUTURE OF IMMERSIVE SOUND

We know that building a state-of-the-art audio product is worthwhile and potentially disruptive to an industry anxious for change, but we want our efforts to inform and alter the consumer audio marketplace.

Why are the shipping costs to international destinations so high?

The YARRA 3DX sound bars and subwoofers are being manufactured in China. The current plans include shipping several containers to our fulfillment center in Poway, California. All units will be then shipped to backers around the world.

As a small startup company, we haven't yet established regional hubs in different countries to help reduce shipping costs and taxation of imported goods. We're researching alternatives but the present plan uses USPS International Mail to deliver units around the world.

The initial costs estimates from FEDEX, DHL, and UPS were almost double the costs included on the current rewards. We had hoped that the "lower" costs would be acceptable.

The alternative would be to restrict the YARRA 3DX product to domestic sales only. We decided to offer this amazing technology knowing that the costs for shipping would be higher than preferred.

Can the YARRA 3DX unit be wall mounted and easily removed, if necessary?

The rear of the YARRA 3DX enclosure has standard mounting holes for a wall mounting bracket. However, given the necessity to connect power, sources (HDMI), and the subwoofer to the back, moving it to another room would be less than convenient. We suggest that you secure a second unit for the additional space.

Does the YARRA 3DX come with a dedicated physical remote control?

Yes. It is possible to turn the unit on and off, adjust the volume, and configure the sound field to near or far using the remote.

Are import taxes or VAT included in the price of the unit or shipping costs?

No. Taxes and VAT are the responsibility of each individual backer.

Are there physical control buttoms on the YARRA 3DX unit?

Yes. The industrial design incorporates the volume, power, and mode adjustment controls in the 4-part end panels.

Does the YARRA 3DX support APT X HD?

Yes.

Can I use my own subwoofer with the YARRA 3DX?

Yes, you can. The speaker array includes a 3.5 mono jack, which supplies, unbalanced, line level audio for the sub. As long as you have the right connections and configuration, you can upgrade to a bigger sub.

However, we've found that the included sub does a very reasonable job and extends down to 40 Hz. It includes a 30 watt amplifier.

What are the dimensions of the subwoofer?

The YARRA 3DX subwoofer contains a 5.25" driver in a ported box measuring 8" x 8" x 10 inches.

Are there plans to support additional codecs like DTS:X or Dolby Atmos?

We're looking into the cost of licensing and including additional codecs in future releases.

Which version of Bluetooth will the YARRA 3DX support?

Currently, we're using 4.2 but plan to support the latest version.

Does the YARRA 3DX has a TOSLink optical input?

Yes.

Will the appropriate power connectors and voltage be supported for international orders?

Yes, the YARRA 3DX system works with 120/240 volts and will come with the correct connector type.

What happens if I have more than 3 people listening to the immersive surround projections? What do the others hear?

The 3 primary listeners will hear immersive surround and any other will hear enhanced stereo.

 

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Overview
The YARRA 3DX sound bar and included subwoofer replace traditional 5.1 or 7.1 home theater setups. The system delivers a “sound field” around your head of the surround experience you get from multiple speakers by beaming the exact audio your left and right ears would hear in a real multichannel room. It’s really that simple. When you realize that everything we hear — including spatial location — is done with just our two ears, you understand. You have to hear it for yourself — it really works!
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$599 (38% Off)
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Get the YARRA 3DX sound projection system for 38% off!
Items included:
  • YARRA 3DX Sound Bar Blk|Silver
  • YARRA 3DX Subwoofer
  • YARRA 3DX App [iOS or Android]
  • YARRA 3DX SET UP FILES/DVD
  • AIX Records 5.1 Surround Music
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Items included:
  • YARRA 3DX Sound Bar Blk|Silver
  • YARRA 3DX Subwoofer
  • YARRA 3DX App [iOS or Android]
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  • AIX Records 5.1 Surround Music
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