DTS said Monday that the Phorus PS10, the first DTS Play-Fi enabled wireless speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service, is now available for purchase from Amazon and Phorus.com.

The Phorus PS10, which carries a $249 retail price, includes a built-in far-field microphone array to accept voice commands to access information, play music, and control other home automation devices via Amazon Alexa voice assistance.

The added DTS Play-Fi technology enables the PS10 to access more than 200 DTS Play-Fi-compatible products to form an Alexa-powered whole-home audio system that can include multiple products from multiple participating brands.

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The Phorus PS10 will operate like the previously available Amazon Echo and Echo Dot voice assistant speakers, and will  include advanced signal processing techniques that reliably capture spoken commands in noisy environments from across the room, even when the speaker is playing music.

The Phorus PS10 is said to be optimized for high fidelity audio playback using a built-in 30-watt amplifier with DTS Sound post processing, two 65mm Neodymium full range transducers, and two four-inch bass radiators in a sealed enclosure.

The PS10 supports playback of high-resolution audio files wirelessly via DTS Play-Fi technology and features four hard button music station presets, allowing for easy, one-touch access of a user’s favorite streaming music stations, DTS said.

“Phorus is continually pushing the boundaries of the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem with new innovative products as demonstrated by the Phorus PS10 smart speaker, the first wireless multi-room speaker to ship with Amazon Alexa Voice Service built-in,” stated Dannie Lau, DTS Play-Fi general manager. “The Phorus PS10 is also the first Alexa-compatible product to include one-touch music station presets and support for hi-res 24-bit/192kHz content, giving the product category-leading convenience, performance and sound quality.”

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The speaker will support multi-room music control running connected Android, iOS, and Kindle mobile devices. When compatible DTS Play-Fi products, including the Phorus PS5 speaker and Phorus PR5 receiver, are grouped with the PS10, music simultaneously plays to the group with playback controlled by Alexa.

Each member of a family can also use the Phorus app on their smartphones or tablets to listen to music in individually in a single setting or in a group of rooms. Users can also control their system using Apple Watch or Android Wear devices, DTS said.

The Phorus PS10 supports playback through Airplay, and Spotify Connect, includes a 3.5mm input for connecting any analog source, and a line-level audiophile grade output for connections to high-performance audio components.

Using DTS Play-Fi, the 3.5mm input can be streamed wirelessly to DTS Play-Fi enabled products in other rooms of the home. The line out features variable volume output control and a Wolfson high-resolution DAC for amazing sound quality.

The PS10 will also support Amazon’s Connected Speaker API with a future firmware update, the company said. With it the PS10 will be able to select and control the playback of music on all DTS Play-Fi enabled speakers throughout the home.

DTS, which is now a subsidiary of the Xperi Corp., developed DTS Play-Fi technology with the ability to stream lossless multi-room wireless audio from popular services including: Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Juke, 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 DTS Play-Fi ecosystem now numbers more than 200 interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and receivers from brands including: Aerix, Anthem, Arcam, Definitive Technology, Dish TV, Elite, Fusion Research, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Onkyo, Paradigm, Phorus, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Rotel, Sonus faber, THIEL Audio and Wren Sound, with products from Soundcast, SVS Sound and more forthcoming.


By Greg Tarr


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