The Pioneer Elite F4 DTS Play-Fi wireless speaker (and others) is being upgraded with Works with Amazon Alexa capability.

DTS revealed Wednesday that “Works with Amazon Alexa” functionality is now headed to select wireless speakers supporting its DTS Play-Fi advanced multi-room audio platform.

Speaker owners are now able to verbally ask Alexa through the speakers to play a song in a specific room, groups of rooms or the whole house, adjust volume, skip the track forward, mute, pause and stop the music using an Amazon Echo, Dot or Show device equipped with far-field microphones.

Initial DTS Play-Fi products supporting the capability include the Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4, Onkyo Smart Speaker P3 and the Phorus PS10, DTS said.

Additionally, DTS Play-Fi-enabled products, including the Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio lineup, as well as McIntosh Laboratories, MartinLogan and THIEL Audio, will add the capability by the end of March, the company said.

Read more about DTS Play-Fi powered speakers with Works with Amazon Alexa after the jump:

The Alexa capability is being delivered to the applicable speakers through an over-the-air firmware update. It will allow users to control audio playback on select DTS Play-Fi products from another using the Amazon Echo, Dot or Show devices.

“We continue to expand our range of Alexa voice control solutions available to licensees, making DTS Play-Fi the first open wireless multi-room audio platform to offer both integrated Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and Works with Amazon Alexa,” stated Dannie Lau, Xperi DTS Play-Fi general manager.

DTS Play-Fi technology enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming from popular music services including Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Juke, KKBox, Napster, Pandora, Qobuz, QQ Music, SiriusXM, Spotify and TIDAL, Internet radio stations, and personal music libraries. The technology also supports advanced streaming functionality including wireless surround sound, stereo pairing, music station presets, and audio/video synchronization.

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The DTS claims that DTS Play-Fi is now supported by 200 interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers from brands including Aerix, Anthem, Arcam, Definitive Technology, DISH TV, Elite, Integra, Fusion Research, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Onkyo, Paradigm, Phorus, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Rotel, Sonus faber, Soundcast, SVS Sound, THIEL Audio and Wren Sound.

By Greg Tarr


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