Originally Posted by biliam1982
I'm not sure I'm following you.
So you're saying this is more geared to future homes being built?
Even still, costs would go up as today's active speakers are much more expensive than just wiring for a regular AVR and passive speakers.
Or adding to or just using a soundbar?
I don't remember Jim Venable discussing soundbars at all. He seemed to be focusing on multi channel audio.
Again, I don't think it's a bad idea, just one that will fill a niche void rather than J6P and the mass market.
WISA is a standard, not a product, so here's my thinking:
Soundbars now dominate the A/V market. A high-end soundbar can replace a receiver, providing amplification for the main channels, inputs, etc. If a soundbar supported WISA then adding a subwoofer or two—as well as adding surround channels—would be a matter of choosing from a selection of WISA enabled speakers and subs.
At the same time, the same WISA-enabled speakers and subs would also work with a fully WISA-compliant receiver. Such a receiver might not have any built-in amplification whatsoever, or it might be a traditional AVR with only 5 amped channels, but with support for 9.1 channels via WISA—thus replacing the preamp outs.
The key is flexibility. To me the clear application for WISA is the ability to add surround-sound speakers without having to run wires to the main amps—and in the case of a soundbar-centric wireless sound system that could encompass all channels except for the center channel.
Watch Gibson, I bet
you'll see something come from them, like what I describe. But, I am speculating. I do know that I've seen the market trend graphs. WISA benefits any application where 24/96 uncompressed audio needs to be moved around in a home environment, and no product makes more sense in that context than a wireless surround-sound system based on a soundbar.Edited by imagic - 6/30/13 at 7:42am