Calabasas, Calif. — DTS continues to sign up more licensees for its Play-Fi wireless multiroom-audio technology, this time adding high-end audio brands MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem.
MartinLogan- and Paradigm-brand products incorporating Play-Fi are scheduled for availability in 2015. Anthem availability wasn’t announced.
At last week’s CEDIA Expo, Definitive Technology and Polk, two of DEI’s Sound United brands, announced October shipments of five Play-Fi products ranging from wireless speakers to amplifier/receivers and soundbars. The Fine Sound Group also announced plans to offer Play-Fi products; its brands are McIntosh, Wadia and Sonus Faber.
With the announcements, DTS is moving closer to its goal of broadly licensing its wireless Play-Fi multizone technology so that consumers can create a wireless multiroom-audio experience through multiple brands of interoperable products. Play-Fi-enabled products are currently available from Wren Audio and DTS’s Play-Fi division, formerly DTS subsidiary Phorus.
Play-Fi-equipped products use Wi-Fi to stream high-quality “lossless” audio stored on mobile devices and on networked DLNA-capable computers and NAS drives. One or more Play-Fi products can be controlled from an app running on Android and iOS mobile devices and on Kindle Fire tablets. The apps also accesses vTuner Internet radio stations, podcasts and select Cloud-based music services, then send the content to Play-Fi products.
Multiple users can each stream a different source simultaneously to different Play-Fi products, or one user can stream to all Play-Fi products in a house.
“The integration with the MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem brands is another step toward building the Play-Fi ecosystem into the largest high-fidelity wireless ecosystem of audio product manufacturers and content service providers on Earth,” said Dannie Lau, general manager of DTS’s Play-Fi division.