Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association Experiences Tremendous Growth at 2015 International CES

January 7 2015, 04:00
The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market and multiroom applications, continues its rapid growth with the addition of six new members.

Joining the Association to promote the WiSA standard is: Aurender, the brand name of SmartAudio, a Division of TVLogic Co., Ltd., Digital TV Labs, a division of Eurofins, a leading media and device testing specialist, operating globally, Gold Peak Electronics (HK) Ltd., a Hong Kong based consumer audio products manufacturer of high performance speaker products and speaker drivers, LG Innotek, an affiliate of LG Group, a leading global components manufacturer, Vifa, a manufacturer of high quality Danish speakers, and WASP, a U.S. based wireless consumer audio products company.

The Association is gaining considerable momentum with new companies joining and new products and technologies being introduced at 2015 CES International.

The Association’s membership exceeds 35 brands from global consumer and professional audio speaker companies, CE manufacturers, ODM and OEMs, guitar manufacturers and other industry associations. In addition, several members have announced new WiSA certified products, modules and technologies at CES, with demonstrations in the WiSA suite, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

The new WiSA Certified products range from entry level mass market audio speaker systems, to high end speaker systems, multiroom applications and audio transmitter and receiver modules. Enclave Audio was the first to deliver a complete 5.1 speaker system with both a transmitter and receiver for sets ranging between $199 and $1,199. Klipsch showcased their new WiSA compliant 5.1 Reference Premiere speakers, and LG Innotek demonstrated a new series of wireless audio transmitter and receiver modules. A number of other systems from WiSA members including Bang & Olufsen, Claridy Audio, Fostex, Sharp and Summit Semiconductor have also be shown in the suite.

Until recently, wireless audio solutions have been limited to only a stereo experience. The key advantage of WiSA-compliant components is that it is the first wireless audio solution to offer high-resolution, 24 bit up to 96Khz audio, from 2.0 to 7.4 channels, while being fully interoperable with other WiSA compliant products, allowing the consumer the convenience and freedom-of-choice to mix and match components from different manufacturers.

“The continuous growth in the Association’s membership, coupled with several new products coming to market, reflects both manufacturers and consumers appetite for this category leading wireless audio solution,” said Tom Lee, president of the WiSA Association. “We are at a tipping point, consumers want a high resolution wireless audio system that is easy to set up, delivers crystal clear sound for their movie watching, gaming, music listening and whole house streaming and it is now a reality.”
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