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Where Is Whole-Home Audio Headed?

The rapid rise of the connected smart home is turning up the dial on the whole-home audio market.

Driven by the popularity of streaming entertainment and the promise of virtual reality technology, the global market for home audio equipment is expected to reach $20.4 billion by 2022. In the U.S., estimates put the number of homes using smart technologies in the U.S. rising to 60 percent over the same timeframe.

Interoperability is key to fully realizing the whole-home market’s potential. With its wireless Play-Fi platform, DTS has built an infrastructure that melds immersive home theater audio with connected, smart home devices into a whole-home ecosystem with more than 20 licensed partners and 200 interoperable products available.

“We’ve put a substantial amount of resources in making our apps a great user experience across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle Fire,” said Geir Skaaden, chief products and services officer at Xperi Holding Corporation, parent company of DTS.

“Most importantly, dealers have seen our commitment to continuously improve the technology over the years with hi-res audio, surround sound, AV synchronization and an always-growing roster of music services.”

DTS is leading efforts through Play-Fi to cater to evolving market technologies such as high-resolution audio and emerging virtual reality and augmented virtual reality. The platform now offers support for 24-bit, 192 kHz audio with on-the-fly transcoding for multi-room convenience without causing network congestion.

Learn more about the DTS Play-Fi platform at