DTS Play-Fi Wireless Audio Ecosystem Expands with Pioneer And Onkyo and Support for Wireless Surround

September 6 2016, 03:00
Wireless audio technologies for whole-home and home theater applications are reaching a turning point with major industry players announcing key partnerships and key brand wins. Pioneer and Onkyo are the latest names to confirm an agreement to extend DTS Play-Fi technology across product lines worldwide. DTS also announced that its Play-Fi ecosystem will now support wireless surround functionality and integration with European music service Qobuz.

DTS Inc., announced Pioneer and Onkyo as its newest hardware partners in the DTS Play-Fi whole-home wireless audio ecosystem. Both brands will upgrade select 2016 soundbars, AVRs, lifestyle products, and home theaters-in-a-box with DTS Play-Fi technology via firmware updates. DTS Play-Fi integration will expand into their 2017 models, as well as additional product categories. The announcement was made during IFA 2016 in Berlin.

DTS Play-Fi technology provides listeners the freedom and flexibility to stream their music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs over an existing home Wi-Fi network to any number of speakers throughout the home. DTS Play-Fi is a platform that allows products from different brands and manufacturers to interoperate seamlessly, giving consumers an optimized whole-home streaming experience without the constraints of a single brand system. The innovative technology enables wireless audio streaming from the world’s most popular music services, Internet radio stations and personal music libraries on any supported product.

“We are proud to announce that Pioneer and Onkyo are the latest brands to join DTS Play-Fi, the world’s largest ecosystem of premium wireless audio products,” says Brian Towne, executive vice president, DTS, and president DTS Asia Pacific. “DTS is committed to providing listeners with the most flexibility and choice of products when it comes to their wireless home audio system, and this expansion further increases the Play-Fi ecosystem’s industry-leading selection of audio products.”

“I’m very pleased to announce that we start adopting DTS Play-Fi technology to Pioneer and Onkyo products today,” said Nobuaki Okuda, director and CTO, Onkyo Corporation and president, Onkyo and Pioneer Technology Corporation. “We will keep expanding implementation of the technology to a broader range of our products to meet global customers’ demand to deliver a great entertainment experience.”

Wireless Surround Sound and Qobuz Music Service
Meanwhile DTS Play-Fi continues to expand also with the introduction of wireless surround technology to provide an immersive home theater environment with discrete 5.1 surround sound.

Qobuz is also the latest music service to join DTS Play-Fi’s growing collection of music services. Qobuz is dedicated to delivering a premium listening experience to its users, and features a library of more than 30 million titles to stream in true CD quality and +A la carte’ downloads on more than 45,000 albums in Hi-Res 24-bit. Qobuz joins a roster including Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, KKBox, Napster, QQ Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify and Tidal, thousands of Internet radio stations, as well as listeners’ personal music libraries.

The DTS Play-Fi mobile apps have also been significantly enhanced with a brand new design and clean, bright user interface. Users will have streamlined access to basic and advanced controls, a new “switch” feature to easily transfer music from one speaker to another, and built-in coaching points and help throughout the app.
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