Do you own an Android device, PC or an iOS device and enjoy listening to music? If so, you're gonna wanna check this out. There has been an increasing demand for wireless multi-room audio. This is mainly due to the increasing number of smartphones and tablets streaming a multitude of music services. Streaming wirelessly faces great challenges, such as range, quality and expandability…until now. About a year ago, DTS released a wireless platform called Play-Fi for Android and Windows OS. Today, DTS has announced the compatibility of Play-Fi with iOS devices.
Don't know what Play-Fi is? It's a wireless platform created by DTS that allows for a device to wirelessly send music to an enabled Play-Fi device or speaker. In fact, a consumer can send three different songs to three independent Play-Fi enabled speakers at the same time, all from one device.
"DTS Play-Fi is now the first licensable whole-home audio technology capable of streaming lossless, high-quality audio from both iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows PCs, to multiple rooms, from multiple users, simultaneously using standard Wi-Fi."
Play-Fi uses the wireless network to stream music using AES encryption. DTS claims Play-Fi does NOT degrade the audio like other wireless streaming platforms, which can only send one stream at a time to a single device. For now, there is only one product out there that has licensed with Play-Fi capabilities. However, DTS has confirmed that new Play-Fi enabled products will be announced at next week's CEDIA Expo in Denver and at CES 2014.
Why is this big news? Well everyone knows Airplay—Apple's wireless streaming platform. The main issue with Airplay is that you need to be surrounded by an Apple ecosystem. Play-Fi does not break the consumer’s product following. Instead, it increases its wireless avenues to different devices across multiple platforms. The integration with iOS devices was the final link to integrating with hundreds of millions devices in circulation around the world. It is similar to the well known Sonos system in that it can stream multiple streams at multiple locations, but the user is not limited to a proprietary brand name.
"DTS’ Play-Fi gives users full control of an entire network of speakers in the home. Users can set-up, link, and stream audio to one Play-Fi enabled speaker or multiple speakers throughout the home at once, perfectly synchronized and with no lag."
Whether you are in a theater, at home or on the go, DTS strongly believes in delivering exceptional sound no matter where you are. This new platform will allow everyone to listen to music wherever they are in home without being limited to a product specific brand. I can only assume it will be a matter of time before we will see AV receivers, speakers, soundbars and more with the Play-Fi integration.
DTS also announced the iOS Play-Fi app called Phorus. The version available on the AppStore is limited to streaming Pandora and local content, but we should see updates within the next year with Internet radio, podcasts and more. Phorus is available for download today.
So what do you think of this development?