CES 2017: DTS Play-Fi Continues to Grow

"In the past year, DTS has substantially grown its list of partner products and services incorporating DTS next-generation audio technologies for the home, mobile devices and autos," said Jon Kirchner, president, Tessera Holding Corporation. "In 2017, DTS will continue to innovate and expand its reach enabling listeners to experience enhanced entertainment no matter where they are. We are proud to highlight the latest updates and implementation progress of the DTS Play-Fi."

DTS Play-Fi® Whole-Home Wireless Audio Technology

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 speakers throughout the home.

The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem features the largest collection of products in the whole-home wireless space, with more than 30 interoperable speakers, soundbars and receivers from the top names in premium audio, including Aerix, Anthem, Arcam, Autonomic, Definitive Technology, Fusion Research, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Onkyo, Paradigm, Phorus, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Rotel, Sonus faber and Wren Sound Systems.

DTS Play-Fi technology enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services including Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, KKBox, Napster, Qobuz, QQ Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify and Tidal, thousands of Internet radio stations, as well as personal music libraries on any supported product. The latest DTS Play-Fi ecosystem news includes:

  • Arcam: The rPlay wireless music receiver, set for launch in 2017, will debut at CES.
  • DISH: The DISH Hopper3 and Joey will be DTS Play-Fi enabled in January 2017. After the update, DISH subscriber homes with Hopper3s and Joeys will be able to play synchronized music through the home on connected speakers in the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem.
  • Pioneer/Elite/Onkyo/Integra: Pioneer, Onkyo and Integra have announced more than 100 products that will receive a DTS Play-Fi update in 2017, including their flagship Integra DRC-R1, Onkyo PR-RZ5100, Onkyo TX-RZ3100 and Pioneer SC-LX901.
  • Soundcast: Upon launch in 2017, the VG10 will be the first portable, outdoor speaker with DTS Play-Fi technology on the market.
  • THIEL Audio: DTS Play-Fi technology will be integrated into several models of THIEL's new AURORA LifeStream™ wireless speaker system. The products will also be compatible with Amazon Alexa upon the DTS Play-Fi firmware update.
  • New far-field microphone-equipped DTS Play-Fi products featuring the built-in Amazon Alexa experience will launch from Klipsch and Phorus in 2017, enabling customers to use the Alexa voice service to control a variety of devices in their home with just their voice.
  • New DTS Play-Fi features being demonstrated include:
    • Smart Watch Support - Enables control of the DTS Play-Fi system and music streams from Android Wear and Apple watch devices.
    • Discrete Speaker Support For DTS Play-Fi Wireless Surround - In addition to being able to pair two Play-Fi products to a compatible soundbar to create a true 5.1 surround system, listeners can now also configure a single DTS Play-Fi end-point as Surround Left and Surround Right in the DTS Play-Fi Surround setup. This is perfect for DTS Play-Fi amps, preamps, and receivers that can power or drive a set of satellite speakers.
    • 24/192 Critical Listening Mode - DTS Play-Fi technology now supports native rendering of any resolution configuration up to and including 24 bit/192 kHz, without the need to downsample or transcode the files beforehand.
    • Enhanced Spotify Playback - Listeners can now fully control their Spotify Connect zone (or any remote zone) from the DTS Play-Fi app.