Originally Posted by Wertzius
It is not true. Playfi advertises exactly that.
I'm not so sure... I doubted it to for the same reason, but if you look at Play-Fi's page, it talks about adding rear surround speakers to models with "Play-Fi Surround." In looking at Onkyo's marketing on the SBT-A500, nowhere in its Play-Fi marketing does it say Play-Fi will enable wireless rear surround capabilities or that this unit is "Play-Fi Surround" capable. Here is the exact explanation from the Play-Fi end:
"Products that Support Play-Fi Surround
There are two elements of product required for Play-Fi Surround. They are the concepts of the Master and its Surrounds. In order to have Play-Fi Surround, you need at least one product that can be the Master, and you need two to act in Surround as Left and Right respectively. Any Play-Fi product can act as Surround Left or Right, but the Master has special requirements, and is limited to select products.
For a Play-Fi product to qualify as a Play-Fi Surround Master, it must:
Be capable of decoding a 5.1 surround stream in some format
Be fully software and firmware updated
Support Play-Fi's Line-In functionality to capture and redistribute audio through hardware inputs
Play-Fi does not limit this functionality to product type, so as long as the product supports the above, it can be a Play-Fi Surround Master. Speak with your product manufacturer to find out if your Play-Fi product supports the Play-Fi Surround feature, or if one is coming soon, either via an update or hardware revision."
So what the Onkyo rep is saying is that this soundbar is not going to be updated to be a Play-Fi Surround Master, just multiroom audio. All that being said, I replied to the email from Onkyo with your exact statement... I also asked if the soundbar is/will be FireConnect enabled for multi-room audio, why enable it with Play-Fi for the exact same thing? I'll post the reply when I receive it.