DTS, Inc. is excited to announce several new additions to its DTS Play-Fi whole-home wireless audio platform, including new hardware partners, compatible audio component products and expanded music services joining an enhanced user interface.
This expansion increases the Play-Fi selection of audio products to 30 different offerings as the company is underlining during this week’s Dallas CEDIA Expo.
The company says DTS Play-Fi technology provides listeners with the freedom and flexibility to stream their music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs over an existing home Wi-Fi network to any number of speakers.
Play-Fi is designed to offer more choice than a single brand multi-zone audio option with installers able to choose from a range of products to create systems suitable for different situations and clients.
The package includes the most popular music services, Internet radio stations and personal music libraries.
Dannie Lau, general manager, Play-Fi, at DTS, Inc. says: “These announcements clearly demonstrate the momentum that Play-Fi technology has in the industry, and the attractiveness of being part of this growing and open ecosystem.
We are proud to have made these enormous strides towards our goal of partnering with the leading brands in the business to provide consumers with compelling choices and the best streaming experience possible. These new products, partners and services are terrific additions to the Play-Fi platform.”
New Play-Fi Audio Partners and Components
• MartinLogan: Crescendo X and Bravado wireless speakers, Motion Vision X five-channel soundbar and Forte two-channel amplifier. Available in Q4 2015.
• McIntosh Laboratories: MB50 Media Streamer. Will be shown at CEDIA. Available in Q4 2015.
• Paradigm: PW 600 and PW 800 speakers. PW AMP amplifier. Available in Q4 2015. PW Link pre-amp with ARC will be available in early 2016.
• Definitive Technology: W Studio Microbar multi-room soundbar. Now available.
• Polk: Omni S6 high-performance wireless speakers. Now available.
• Wren: Compact V3US wireless speaker, available in standard and as a portable, battery-powered speaker. Available in January 2016.
• Arcam: Leading UK-based audio company will be developing Play-Fi products in the coming months.
New and Enhanced Play-Fi Streaming Music Services
• TIDAL: The innovative music and entertainment service has been integrated directly into the DTS Play-Fi mobile Apps. Streaming now on iOS, and launching on Android later this month, TIDAL’s one million subscribers in 45 countries will be able to stream CD-quality music throughout the home from a selection of more than 35 million songs.
• Spotify Connect: Multi-room capabilities are now supported by DTS Play-Fi, giving Spotify Premium subscribers the ability to set up two or more Play-Fi speakers as a Spotify group, such as ‘Downstairs’ or ‘Outside’, and stream to that group, with the music synchronised, directly from within their Spotify App.
New Play-Fi Home Automation Integration
• Fusion Research: DTS has partnered with Fusion Research to incorporate Play-Fi connectivity into a new solution for the custom installation market. The Fusion Play-Fi Server launching at CEDIA 2015 allows DTS Play-Fi audio components to be easily integrated into and controlled by the most popular connected home systems, including Crestron, Control4, RTI and URC.
New Play-Fi Software Enhancements
• Audio/Video Synchronisation with Windows PCs: DTS Play-Fi now supports true audio/visual synchronization when streaming audio from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or any other video source to a Play-Fi speaker from a Microsoft Windows PC. The A/V sync feature is available for existing and new purchasers of the premium Play-Fi HD Driver. All Play-Fi Windows software has also been updated to support Windows 10.
• Enhanced Play-Fi App: The Play-Fi mobile Apps have been enhanced with a new design and clean, bright user interface. Users will have streamlined access to basic and advanced controls, a new ‘switch’ feature to easily transfer music from one speaker to another as well as built-in coaching points and help. The new design is available now on iOS, and will be available later this year for Android.