Minneapolis - Best Buy launched
that gives users handheld remote control of a do-it-yourself wireless multi-room audio system that incorporates Rocketboost wireless-audio technology.
The company also launched a PC app that, like the iOS app for Apple's mobile devices, directs music from a PC equipped with a Rocketboost sender or from other Rocketboost-enabled sources to Rocketboost-equipped products throughout the house.
Other Rocketboost sources include Insignia-branded connected TVs, an Insignia A/V receiver and an Insignia HTiB. Products that can reproduce music from Rocketboost sources include wireless active speakers, an Insignia soundbar, a sender/receiver to add to any sound system, and an amplified sender/receiver to connect to any pair of passive speakers.
Besides letting users direct music to one or more Rocketboost devices, the iOS app lets users view PC-stored music on their iOS device's display screen.
Previously, consumers could access Rocketboost sources by pressing a next-source button on select Rocketboost products to cycle through connected Rocketboost sources. On a Rocketboost-equipped TV, a graphical user interface lets users select sources and choose the devices to which music will be streamed.
Some Rocketboost products feature built-in Rocketboost wireless, and others require the addition of an optional dongle.
The iOS app operates on iPod touches, iPhones and iPads and is available for free at Apple's app store. The PC app is available free at
Within a home, a combination of up to nine sending and receiving devices can be set up to stream up to five Rocketboost sources or PC-stored songs simultaneously. Music is sent as an uncompressed 24-bit/48kHz-encoded PCM audio signal.
Last September, the company
of its Rocketboost selection.
Though the app uses an iOS device's Wi-Fi to send commands to a networked PC, the app recognizes any source connected to the Rocketboost network as long as a Rocketboost sender/receiver is connected to the PC. The app will not turn on/off any Rocketboost-networked product.