Philips TVs and speakers to adopt DTS Play-Fi standard

Philips TVs to come out and Play

by Andy Bassett
TPV is on board to manufacture its Philips branded TVs and audio products with DTS Play-Fi multi-room technology support.
Global LCD TV and monitor manufacturer and licenser, TPV Technology has owned the Philips brand through its TP Vision subsidiary since 2012 and has now agreed to integrate the DTS Play-Fi technology into the televisions, soundbars and speakers that it produces under the Philips banner and distributes as far afield as Europe, China, Russia, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

The DTS Play-Fi whole home wireless audio platform removes the limitations of wireless speaker setups consisting only of devices from a single manufacturer by allowing connection between any DTS Play-Fi compatible device across a range of over 200 interoperable speakers, soundbars, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers from the top names in premium audio including Arcam, Definitive Technology, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Mission, Onkyo, Pioneer, Polk Audio, SVS Sound and Wharfedale.

Now that Philips TVs are being bought into the fold, the ecosystem has expanded to enable DTS Play-Fi speakers to connect to the TV and act as part of a single room surround sound system or a whole-home extension for streaming of the TV audio (with sub-millisecond synchronization accuracy) or a multi-room music network, perhaps using a favourite concert Blu-ray as a music source.

Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi, explained, “By extending our wireless technology directly into TVs, complemented by our leading multi-room audio technology, consumers have the freedom to create wireless surround and audio systems that work together seamlessly and without limitations throughout the home.

For late-night viewing and listening, or just for users who would prefer a private listening experience, the DTS Play-Fi Headphones app for iOS and Android can connect to the TV and deliver audio through any connected and compatible headphone. When compared with Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi has an advantage in terms of range, improved sound quality and versatility. In addition, the most popular music services are available through the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem, with on-screen metadata and full multi-room audio synchronization support between TVs and speakers, a feature unique to DTS Play-Fi synchronization technology.

Keith Chow, director, global product management for audio at TPV, explained, “DTS Play-Fi technology is highly customizable and supports the world's most popular music services, thousands of Internet radio stations, as well as personal music libraries.

He added, “DTS Play-Fi’s advance streaming functionality like wireless surround sound, hi-res audio support, music station presets, and audio/video synchronization will be a true point of difference for our Philips branded speakers.”

Source: Press release
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