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DTS Unveils Headphone:X And Play-Fi Advances

LAS VEGAS — DTS put in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multichannel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.

The company also talked up the first licensing deals for its Play-Fi wireless multi-room-audio technology with Asus and with startup Wren Audio. Play-Fi turns Wi-Fiequipped Android smartphones into wireless multi-room music sources.

Headphone:X is capable of reproducing soundtracks mixed in 5.1, 7.1, 9.1 and 11.1 channels, making it the most advanced headphone-surround solution in the company’s portfolio, DTS said. The technology will accurately place the height and width channels of DTS Neo:X 11.1 mixes that are optimized for playback through home theater systems equipped with DTS Neo:X post-processing , a spokesman said.

Initially, the company is targeting the headphone technology for use in mobile devices and computers, though that focus might expand over time, a spokesman said.

DTS Play-Fi appears in a Phorus-branded $199-suggested tabletop speaker and in a $149 tabletop transmitter/ receiver, which connects to a home’s existing hi-fi systems.

In early 2013, Wren Audio will launch a Play-Fi tabletop speaker, having already launched an Apple AirPlay speaker.