Prior to both the IFA Trade Fair in Berlin, German and the upcoming CEDIA Expo in Denver, Samsung Electronics this week revealed a new software update for its Galaxy Buds2 Pro and select Samsung TVs that will allow more people to listen to TV audio over Bluetooth earphones at the same time.

The company said its new updates will extend new LE Audio Bluetooth capabilities to Samsung TVs using “Auracast broadcast audio technology” to transmit high fidelity sound to multiple nearby compatible Bluetooth earbuds.

LE Audio is an advanced new Bluetooth audio standard that broadens the spectrum of audio to produce more complex and richer sound while also allowing more users to share the private sound experience together without disturbing others in the area.

The company notes that so far the capability is coming to 2023 Neo QLED 8K and 2023 MICRO LED TV models. It is further supported by Galaxy Book3 Ultra, Book3 Pro, Book3 Pro 360 and Book3 360 devices.

Samsung said it has been “leveraging new LE Audio-based features that further elevate sound experiences, including 360 Audio Recording, enabling Galaxy smartphone users to capture sound on video precisely as they hear it without the need for professional equipment.”

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The company added that select Galaxy Book3 devices will offer high quality listening experiences with improved latency to enhance competitive immersive gaming and other multimedia options.

According to the announcement, Auracast broadcast audio technology for Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Samsung 2023 Neo QLED 8K and 2023 MICRO LED products will be rolling out via software updates starting in September.

Samsung said Auracast will help turn supported devices into “a shared radio station able to broadcast across connected devices.”

New LE Audio standard makes possible connecting multiple sets of Buds, instead of just two sets at a time, to a TV.

“Auracast opens a variety of potential use cases and possibilities for further device applications — from augmented or assistive listening in a theater or lecture hall for those who want hear better, to sharing a playlist from your smartphone while on a run with friends, and even multi-language support without translation devices by sending different language interpretations via different channels,” the announcement said.

“As an innovator across a wide range of electronic devices — from smartphones to wearables, and from TVs to home appliances — we at Samsung are in a unique position to capitalize on delivering more seamless and extended experiences,” said Junho Park, VP and Head of Galaxy Ecosystem Product Planning Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics. “LE Audio is a perfect example that shows our commitment to connected experiences across our entire library of devices, and how Samsung is introducing new capabilities and technologies that bring them all together.”

Software updates on both Galaxy Buds2 Pro and a paired supporting Samsung TV will be required.

Furthermore, the number of Galaxy Buds2 Pro users can connect to may vary depending on the surrounding circumstances such as distance and obstruction.

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By Greg Tarr

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