Play-Fi Wireless Audio Standard Gains Momentum

DTS today announced that the McIntosh, Sonus Faber, and Wadia brands owned by Fine Sounds Group will introduce products featuring its Play-Fi wireless audio standard later this year.

Play-Fi is an app-based open standard that enables music to be played from a smartphone, tablet, or PC wirelessly over an existing home WiFi network to Play-Fi connected speakers throughout the home.

According to DTS, Play-Fi benefits include:

  • Multi-room listening – Connect multiple Play-Fi-compatible audio systems to stream music in multiple rooms.
  • Multi-zone listening – Create multiple zones and stream different music to different rooms from the same device.
  • Multi-user listening – Every user in the home can simultaneously stream from different Play-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets or PCs.
  • High-quality “lossless” audio with no lag from room to room.
  • Whole-home coverage via Wi-Fi with no need for proprietary bridges or routers; Play-Fi also works over Ethernet, Powerline, and other IP-based networking systems.
  • Unified control – Set-up, link, and control all speakers on the network from the same streamlined interfaces.
  • Content variety – Access to “every music service on the planet” using Play-Fi drivers for Windows and Android; Play-Fi apps for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire provide access to more than 20,000 radio stations, podcasts, local music, media servers, and select cloud-based music services.
Additional brands that have or have announced plans for Play-Fi-compatible products include Polk, Definitive Technology, Korus, Niles, Wren Sound Systems, Phorus, Proficient, and SpeakerCraft. Content partners include Pandora, BBC, Deezer, Radio Disney, Songza, ESPN Radio, and KKBox.

Visit playfiaudio.com for more information.

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