Shakopee, Minn. — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has begun offering two-way drivers to integrate Denon’s Heos wireless multiroom-audio speakers into its home-control systems, and Denon is working with additional home-control companies to integrate Heos products into their systems.
With the launch of free two-way drivers developed by RTI and Denon, installers will be able to add a Heos wireless multiroom-audio system to RTI home-automation systems. From a single page of an RTI user interface, consumers will be able to browse online streaming and PC-stored music, as well as adjust audio settings on up to 16 Heos speakers.
Denon is also working with other home-control companies to enable their systems to control Heos speakers, but Denon didn’t say which companies or when the drivers would be available. “We have a publicly available control API and work directly with control manufacturers to get the best Heos experience up and running on their systems,” said Denon product manager Paul Belanger.
Although installers have integrated other-brand wireless-multiroom-audio speakers into home-control systems, in most cases, the integration is available via third-party drivers that are backward-engineered. As a result, a wireless-speaker maker could push an update that breaks compatibility with the third-party driver, marketers said. The drivers also don’t always support all features of a specific brand of wireless multiroom-audio speakers.
The two-way driver for Denon Heos is available now on RTI’s website at RTICorp.com.