The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) has announced that support for Dolby Atmos will be added via a firmware update scheduled for Q2 2020.
Dolby Atmos through WiSA
WiSA allows a user to transmit audio from a TV or playback device (with a WiSA USB dongle) wirelessly to compatible speakers. LG, Bang & Olufsen, Microsoft Xbox, Harman Kardon, Sound United (Denon, Marantz, Polk, more), and TCL are all members of the association.
A robust wireless system adds flexibility to surround sound in the home but missing support for Dolby Atmos, or object-based audio in general, has been a limitation in WiSA so far.
That will change soon, the organization has announced.
- "We are very excited to create the opportunity for our TV and transmitter partners to send Atmos content wirelessly to WiSA Certified speakers as well as allow our speaker members to enhance their wireless audio assortments with Atmos solutions," said Tony Ostrom, WiSA president. "Adding this capability answers requests we have received from WiSA members as well as consumers and we look forward to seeing WiSA Ready and WiSA Certified products in the field that dramatically simplify the process of creating three-dimensional immersive audio experiences in the home."
Via firmware update
The organization said that users will be able to assign Dolby Atmos front height, side height and rear height audio channels for WiSA certified speakers.
Support for Dolby Atmos will be added to existing products via a firmware update scheduled for Q2 2020.
- "The ability for a user to select Dolby Atmos height channels will be included in the latest transmitter and speaker firmware, now scheduled for release in Q2 of 2020. Existing WiSA products can also take advantage of this feature through a firmware update," said WiSA.
- Source: WiSA