When I wrote about the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association at last year’s CEDIA Expo, I said, “The goal here isn’t just to make wireless speaker transmission and setup to work well; the eventual goal is to have their broad-reaching wireless audio standard embedded in a whole host of consumer electronics devices, from TVs to source devices, with all of the usual problems like interoperability and sync issues and wireless interference nipped in the bud.”
In the months since, there seems to have been a lot of nipping of a lot of buds, because today WiSA announced the addition of Onkyo Corporation and Gibson Guitar Corporation, as well as Amber Technology and high-end speaker manufacturer DALI (and let me just state for the record that I did not see that one coming).
The exciting thing about seeing such diverse brands all join the WiSA Association is, of course, the interoperability angle. The system is, as we’ve reported before, capable of delivering between two and 7.4 channels of uncompressed 96/24 audio, wirelessly, and its touch-of-a-button (or touch-of-an-app) setup is wicked cool. But connecting speakers is just one aspect of setting up a complete home theater system, and for many people it may not be the most difficult one. If WiSA does manage to take over the A/V world, the ability to mix and match components from different brands, and have your TV instantly and easily communicating with your receiver, speakers, and source components will be a serious game-changer for the home theater and multi-room A/V markets.