Hisense and Loewe will both release their first products with DTS Play-Fi support later this year, following in the footsteps of Philips. Sharp is also confirmed. DTS Play-Fi is a platform for wireless audio.
Wireless surround sound
DTS Play-Fi is a WiFi-based platform for wireless audio that lets the user interconnect compatible TVs and speakers wirelessly for surround sound and multi-room music. It supports up to 24bit/192kHz audio.
Loewe will release its first products with DTS Play-Fi support in the first half of 2021, and Hisense in the second half of 2021. Details were not provided but Loewe made references to "surround sound" and Hisense made references to "home theater and whole-home audio".
- "Today’s consumers are looking for comprehensive wireless solutions that can finally eliminate the wiring that clutters traditional A/V systems," said Matthias Claus, director of audio, Loewe. "Through the inclusion of Play-Fi, we’re able to wirelessly support immersive surround sound configurations for any room while delivering the best possible audio fidelity for our customers."
- "Combined with Play-Fi’s wireless surround sound technology, Hisense customers will experience the best of both worlds, with products that combine wireless home theater and whole-home audio enjoyment in the same product," said Youbo Li, assistant vice president of Hisense International.
Sharp is now also listed as a partner on the official website although no official announcement has been made.
DTS Play-Fi is a WiFi-based platform for wireless audio
Mix and match
DTS Play-Fi is already supported in speakers, TVs, soundbars, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers from other brands. A list of companies who have committed to DTS Play-Fi can be found below.
Hisense and Loewe did not say if any existing products will be updated to enable DTS Play-Fi.
- "Because Play-Fi works over industry standard Wi-Fi, no additional hardware is required in the product’s design, and manufacturers are able to add advanced wireless capabilities across a wide range of products at varying price points within their portfolio," explained Xperi, the company behind DTS.
Philips (Europe) was the first company to bring DTS Play-Fi support to TVs. The technology is supported in Philips Android TVs from 2019 and 2020.