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New Japan audio tech packs sound of trillions and trillions of CDs

Asahi Kasei unit aims to bring streaming music quality closer to live performances

Headphone-wearing revelers dance at a pre-pandemic "silent disco" event in Poland.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- As streaming replaces most other ways of listening to music, one Japanese company believes there are still audiophiles who want to push the limits of immersive sound.

New audio chips from Velvet Sound, a brand of Asahi Kasei Microdevices, combine to reproduce up to nearly 10 quadrillion times as much sound data as a typical CD.

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