THX and Summit Wireless Reveal Wireless Home Cinema Plans
Wireless home cinema on its way?
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1Summit Wireless, one of the companies behind the WiSA, the Wireless Speaker Audio Association, has teamed up with THX Ltd in an effort to bring certified products to market - including those for a wireless, Hi-Res audio, home cinema experience.The partnership aims to capitalise on a market that is expected to see growth of speaker sales increase to a billion by 2024, by combining Summit’s hi-fidelity wireless sound technology with THX’s entertainment technologies and internationally recognised certification standards, under the umbrella of the WiSA standard.
WiSA certified products will adhere to a set of standards that includes up to 8 channels of 24bit Hi-Res audio which supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object based formats and which improves latency up to 20 times over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Numerous companies have already signed up to the WiSA standard including Bang & Olufsen, Harmon Kardon as well as TV manufacturers LG and, most recently, TCL.
With an eye on gaming and esports as well as home entertainment - gaming alone is worth $40 billion with audiences of 200 million for esports events quite usual - the blend of certification will ensure competitive events are all played within a consistent set of approved standards even when using a wide variety of products.
Brett Moyer, president and CEO of Summit Wireless Technologies stated, “THX has been a leader in enabling best-in-class entertainment experiences for over 35 years, and our combined technology can deliver the ultimate shared home entertainment experience for these kinds of live events, with full multi-channel, wireless, stadium-quality sound."
As far as home entertainment is concerned, the ‘Approved by THX’ stamp on a WiSA AV product will ensure a high quality, reliable experience with a simple set up process. The WiSA standard is attempting to raise awareness of wireless opportunities and also to enable a generation of home theatre wireless speakers with a projected entry price of $600. It is anticipated that these devices will start appearing by the end of the year.
Source: APNews.com and various online resources
Image source: Summit Wireless
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