WiSA Adds 6 New Members; Klipsch Debuts Wireless System
The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association has added 6 new members, including LG Innotek, Aurender and WASP. Meanwhile, founding member Klipsch finally debuted a WiSA standard-based audio system under its Reference Premiere line.
The message of high-performance wireless audio is resonating clearer and clearer these days. As evidence, the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to home theater and multiroom applications, announced the addition of six new members during the 2015 International CES, bringing its total to 35. Plus, at the show, founding member Klipsch debuted its new WiSA-compliant 5.1 Reference Premiere speakers.
Joining the association are:
- Aurender, the brand name of SmartAudio, a Division of TVLogic Co., Ltd.
- Digital TV Labs, a division of Eurofins, a media and device testing specialist
- Gold Peak Electronics (HK) Ltd., a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of speaker products and speaker drivers
- LG Innotek, an affiliate of LG Group
- Vifa, a manufacturer of high quality Danish speakers
- WASP, a U.S.-based wireless consumer audio products company.
The association’s 35 members represent global consumer and professional audio speaker companies, CE manufacturers, ODM and OEMs, guitar manufacturers and other industry associations.
Tom Lee, president of WiSA, says the membership growth is a reflection on “both manufacturers and consumers appetite for this category leading wireless audio solution.” He believes high-performance audio, and specifically wireless, is at a “a tipping point” where consumers recognize that an easy-to-set-up “high-resolution wireless audio system… is a reality.”
Klipsch Reveals Wireless System Due in Fall
The Klipsch news was big for the association. The company’s Reference Premiere Wireless Home Theater speaker system consists of tower loudspeakers RP-440WF, monitor speakers RP-140WM and a center channel speaker RP-440WC that features a two-way design. The products use the same driver and horn technology as the company’s Reference Premiere series. The system’s RP-110WSW subwoofer is also modeled directly after the new Reference Premiere RP-110SW subwoofer.
The “brain” of the wireless Klipsch system is the RP-HUB1 smart distribution hub that allows for simple connection to up to 4 HDMI-equipped devices, digital optical, analog and Bluetooth wireless technology with the aptX codec. The hub processes multi-channel inputs and distributes them wirelessly with transmission of up to 24 bit/96kHz. The system is also expandable, allowing configurations from 2.0 all the way to 7.2 channels.
The products are not due out on the market until fall of 2015, according to Lee.
Tony Ostrom, vice president, systems product development for Klipsch, says, “We have worked alongside the WiSA Association for several years to develop a truly high performance, premium, powered and multi-channel home theater system that delivers what you would expect from Klipsch while providing an intuitive and simplified setup process to the end user. Needless to say, we are looking forward to showing off what we have been able to accomplish with our all-new flagship Reference line.”
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