Posted Mon Sep 4, 2017 at 05:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Three new wireless speakers with DTS Play-Fi and Alexa support have been announced.
UPDATE 10/24/17: After initial rollout in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan, Amazon Music support via DTS Play-Fi is now available in France, Italy, and Spain. Per DTS, more countries will follow in the coming months.
During the IFA 2017 tech show in Berlin, DTS unveiled the first crop of wireless Play-Fi enabled speakers with Amazon Alexa Voice Service support. The lineup will include the Phorus PS10 wireless speaker (MSRP $249), the Onkyo Smart Speaker P3, and Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4.
"Amazon Alexa is the most widely recognized and adopted voice service on the market and we are very excited to announce the first of many products with built-in, far-field Alexa capability," said Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi at Xperi. "By combining DTS Play-Fi with the Alexa Voice Service, these speakers extend Alexa’s capabilities to more than 200 products from 23 different manufacturers, while providing compatibility with the same Alexa skills customers have grown to love."
All three models feature an integrated far-field microphone system in order to support the Alexa Voice Service, allowing users to access information, control playback, and manage other functions through voice commands. Meanwhile, the speakers also incorporate DTS Play-Fit tech, enabling customers to wirelessly play high quality lossless music from smartphones and tablets over an existing Wi-Fi network throughout the home. The tech can synchronize playback of a single source to multiple speakers; can stream different sources to different speakers simultaneously from the same mobile device; and can support individual music streams to separate speakers from different devices at the same time. Likewise, Play-Fi is not brand exclusive. This means that Play-Fi audio products from different manufacturers can actually work together seamlessly.
The Phorus PS10 is set to launch by early October. The Onkyo Smart Speaker P3 and Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4 will then follow in the coming months.
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