DTS Play-Fi Products Begin To Add Airplay 2 Support
DTS said Thursday that it is adding support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless lossless audio streaming platform to select DTS Play-Fi products.
AirPlay 2 support is now available on the McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay, with additional products to be announced this year, the company said.
AirPlay 2 is Apple’s wireless platform for multi-room music and audio streaming from Apple iOS-based devices. This supports music playback on AirPlay 2 products with control via spoken commands using Siri and interoperability via HomePod.
Alternatively, users can use spoken commands to add AirPlay 2 speakers into a group with a HomePod or even transfer music playback from the HomePod to other AirPlay 2 products in the home.
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DTS Play-Fi products also support Amazon’s Works with Alexa, allowing household users to choose between Siri or Alexa voice assistants to control the same product, DTS said.
DTS, which is owned by Xperi Corporation, is a developer of high fidelity home theater and audio systems, codecs and platforms. Play-Fi is a wireless lossless digital multi-room audio platform that was developed by DTS and is licensed to audio equipment manufacturers, including McIntosh, Harman and others.
The DTS Play-Fi network supports a range of streaming audio services including Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Juke, KKBox, Napster, Pandora, Qobuz, QQ Music, SiriusXM, Sound Machine, Spotify and TIDAL, thousands of Internet radio stations, and personal music libraries.
With the update, Play-Fi will now provide select supported products lossless streaming from Apple AirPlay 2 and Android devices such as phones and tablets, as well as networked DLNA devices. Furthermore, DTS said the additional network buffering in AirPlay 2 provides greater transmission reliability in cases where Wi-Fi connections are temporarily unavailable or unstable.
DTS Play-Fi capabilities, including on-product music presets, wireless surround sound, whole-home TV audio streaming to any DTS Play-Fi product and/or the DTS Play-Fi Headphones app, and 24/192 Hi-Res Audio streaming, will be able to leverage AirPlay 2.
The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem includes a large assortment of products, including interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers under such high performance audio brands as Aerix, Anthem, Arcam, Audiolab, Definitive Technology, DISH TV, Elite, Integra, Fusion Research, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Mission, Onkyo, Paradigm, Phorus, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Quad, Rotel, Sonus Faber, Soundcast, SVS Sound, Wharfedale, and Wren Sound.
By Greg Tarr
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