WiSA Certifies Axiim `Link’ USB Wireless Transmitter
Axiim’s Link wireless USB transmitter for wireless multichannel audio has received certification from the WiSA LLC Association, the organization revealed Tuesday.
The Axiim Link transmitter plugs into the USB port of a compatible smart TV, Xbox One (S/X), or Windows PC to transmit up to eight channels of 24-bit, 96kHz uncompressed audio to WiSA-compatible wireless self-powered speakers.
WiSA called the Axiim Link transmitter “the first and only wireless, high-resolution device designed for Xbox One and Windows PCs that is also WiSA Certified.”
In the certification announcement, the WiSA Association revealed that the transmitter is also compatible with smart TVs and other compatible source devices.
Early this year, Axiim announced plans to market its Link HD Wireless Speaker System that enables creating a 7.1-channel surround sound system through a USB “Link” wireless connection to an Xbox One or Windows PC. The package includes seven speakers for front, center and surround channels in addition to a powered wireless subwoofer.
The Axiim Link, which is based on the same technology, is a USB 2.0 high speed 480 Mbps band connected transmitter that will pair with any WiSA certified speaker. The only wires required are the power cords to the various speakers and components. No long speaker wire runs are necessary.
The Link is a small, sleek device that can be easily placed almost anywhere for both convenience and optimized performance, the company said. A magnet in the base allows the Link to attach to the back of a TV easily,. The chassis is finished with a soft touch material available in a matte black or white.
The Micro USB connector allows the Link to maintain a small profile while an integrated Bluetooth Smart module allows for connection to iOS and Android mobile apps for speaker configuration and audio control, including volume and EQ settings, Axiim said. Link incorporates an infrared (IR) receiver, which allows for integration with third party universal remote controls such as the Logitech Harmony series.
The WiSA standard limits latency to 2.6ms with audio-to-video synchronization support, which is a necessary requirement for use with games and movies. The WiSA standard also supports wireless streaming of object-based soundtracks such as Dolby Atmos.
“The Axiim team is super excited to support the growing number of smart TV display manufacturers bringing WiSA-Ready products with immersive sound capabilities to market in 2019 and enabling the Xbox gamer, the PC gamer, and Esports enthusiasts to get in on the action with a full room of directional sound,” James Hammer CEO of Axiim stated in the certification announcement.
“The Axiim Link is a truly amazing solution and represents a huge step forward in the simplification of creating unparalleled audio experiences in the home,” said Tony Ostrom, president of WiSA. “The Association and its members will continue to lead this exciting shift in the industry as we gear up to facilitate the launches of a wide range of innovative products that help consumers easily enjoy the abundance of multi-channel audio content coming into their homes.”
The WiSA Ready Certification program was launched in September to help consumers clearly identify entertainment sources including TVs, gaming systems or computers that will support wireless audio output over a WiSA-enabled transmitter to standard-certified speakers. The program is intended to simplify product selection and set-up of systems that remove the cost of complex AV receiver or audio separates.
Among a growing list of WiSA supporting companies are: Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Harman, Klipsch, and LG.
By Greg Tarr
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