DTS today announced that McIntosh, Sonus Faber and Wadia have joined the “DTS Play-Fi ecosystem.” Play-Fi allows you to play music from a smartphone, tablet or PC wirelessly over your home’s WiFi network to as many Play-Fi connected speakers as you’d like. It’s a competitor to Apple’s AirPlay, which of course is best suited for an Apple-centric home entertainment system, and the popular Sonos system.
Per the press release, here are the benefits of Play-Fi:
Multi-Room, Multi-Zone, Multi-User Listening Experience – Connect multiple Play-Fi compatible audio systems into a zone and enjoy music in every room of your home, perfectly synchronized with no lag. Or, create multiple zones and stream different music to different rooms from the same device. Every user in the home can simultaneously stream from different Play-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets or PCs. Play-Fi makes it all possible.
Exceptional Sound Experience – Play-Fi is able to wirelessly transmit high-quality “lossless” audio, with no impact on sound quality.
Whole-Home Range – Play-Fi works everywhere your WiFi does, even if you’re using range extenders. Play-Fi works over Ethernet, Powerline, and other IP-based networking technologies, too. No need for proprietary bridges or routers. Most homes already have everything that is needed.
Stream Anything, Control Everything – Stream from every music service on the planet using Play-Fi drivers for Windows and Android. Additionally, download Play-Fi apps for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire that give you access to over 20,000 radio stations, podcasts, local music, media servers, and select cloud-based music services. Set-up, link and control all of the speakers on the network from the same streamlined interfaces.
No word yet on when Play-Fi products from the trio will ship. Backers of the technology are seeking support from additional brands. Polk Audio and Definitive Technology announced their support at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, but have yet to deliver product. Wren Sound Systems and Phorus are the only companies that currently offer Play-Fi products.