Berlin – Monster unveiled a trio of AllPlay-enabled wireless multizone-audio speakers at IFA and plans Oct. 25 availability in the U.S.
The first Monster SoundStage series speakers will be the S1 at $199, the S2 at $299, and the S3 at $399. All feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
AllPlay is a technology developed and licensed out by Qualcomm to send high-resolution audio around the house via Wi-Fi to active tabletop speakers and stereo systems. It’s positioned as an alternative to proprietary single-brand wireless multizone-audio solutions, enabling consumers to create wireless multiroom-audio systems from multiple brands of products. AllPlay is also promoted as offering advantages over Apple’s AirPlay and DLNA.
Early this year at International CES, Panasonic demonstrated AllPlay-compatible tabletop speakers, and Altec Lansing said it plans to support the technology. Neither company has yet announced shipment dates.
Qualcomm’s AllPlay competes with DTS’s Play-Fi technology, which DTS is also licensing to multiple brands to enable interoperability among products from different companies.
With AllPlay products, consumers use an app to stream one or more locally stored songs to one or more speakers at a time. The apps also double as a controller to direct one or more songs at a time from a DLNA-enabled PC or NAS drive to one or more speakers at a time.
AllPlay supports synchronous streaming of music to up to 10 zones.
From compatible music-service apps, users will be able to select the speakers to which they want to send Cloud-based music. Music from multiple streaming apps running simultaneously on one mobile device can be directed to different speakers simultaneously.
In its models, Monster has added Bluetooth to enable music streaming from a mobile device to one speaker at a time.
The speakers also feature software algorithms to synthesize a larger sound stage from the tabletop single-chassis stereo speakers. The top model adds a leather top.
Other features include digital optical input to connect to TVs and other sources, a USB charging port to charge your mobile devices; and a 3.5mm aux in.