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DTS Play-Fi Adoption Grows with Addition of Fusion Research, Paradigm, MartinLogan, McIntosh & Arcam

In addition to adding several new manufacturers to its Play-Fi family of adopters, DTS has also added services and updated its interface.


The custom installation media distribution and automation manufacturer Fusion Research is one of the latest Play-Fi adopters. Fusion's new $999 Play-Fi Server enables Play-Fi devices to be easily integrated into and controlled by the most popular connected home systems, including Crestron, Control4, RTI and URC.
Robert Archer · October 8, 2015

DTS, Inc., a developer of high-definition audio solutions, has announced several new additions to the DTS Play-Fi whole-home wireless audio ecosystem, including new hardware partners and compatible audio component products. Play-Fi is also adding new music services and an enhanced user interface.

DTS says Play-Fi technology provides listeners the freedom and flexibility to stream their music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs over an existing home Wi-Fi network to any number of speakers throughout the home.

“These announcements clearly demonstrate the momentum that Play-Fi technology has in the industry, and the attractiveness of being part of this growing and open ecosystem,” says Dannie Lau, general manager, Play-Fi, at DTS, Inc. “We are proud to have made these enormous strides towards our goal of partnering with the leading brands in the business to provide consumers with compelling choices and the best streaming experience possible. These new products, partners and services are terrific additions to the Play-Fi platform.”

These products from MartinLogan, McIntosh, Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, Fusion Research, Wren and Arcam, are either available now to dealers or will be available to dealers within the next couple of months:

  • MartinLogan's $1,000 Crescendo X and $700 Bravado wireless speakers, $1,700 Motion Vision X five-channel soundbar, and $600 Forte two-channel amplifier will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
  • The MB50 Media Streamer from McIntosh will be shown at CEDIA.
  • The Canadian manufacturer Paradigm will launch its $599 PW 600 and $799 PW 800 speakers, as well as its $499 PW AMP amplifier during the fourth quarter this year. Later in early 2016, the company will introduce its $349 PW Link preamp.
  • Definitive Technology is adding to its existing line of Play-Fi products with its $899 W Studio Microbar multiroom soundbar, which is already available.
  • Polk Audio's $350 Omni S6 high-performance wireless speakers is also available.
  • In January 2016 Wren will release its $399 battery-powered, Compact V3US wireless speaker.
  • DTS has partnered with Fusion Research to incorporate Play-Fi connectivity into the $999 Fusion Play-Fi Server. Launching at CEDIA 2015, this solution allows DTS Play-Fi audio components to be easily integrated into and controlled by systems from Crestron, Control4, RTI and URC.

In addition, DTS states the British audio/video manufacturer Arcam will join the Play-Fi family with product launches of its own. Also, DTS Play-Fi now supports true audio/visual synchronization when streaming audio from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime or any other video source to a Play-Fi speaker from a Microsoft Windows PC.

Moreover, Play-Fi now offers lip-sync accurate synchronization with a video source, and DTS boasts that Play-Fi is the only whole-home platform with operating system-level integration that is compatible with every application and streaming service. The A/V sync feature is available for existing and new purchasers of the $15 premium Play-Fi HD Driver. All Play-Fi Windows software has also been updated to support Windows 10.

Other Play-Fi news includes the addition of TIDAL to its iOS app; TIDAL will later be added to the Android app, and Play-Fi is adding multiroom audio capabilities to its Spotify Connect service options. The final update from Play-Fi beyond its interface update is the addition of Rdio and Rhapsody to its iOS app. Previously those services were only available to Android users.

 

 

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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