The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) has announced plans to add Dolby Atmos support to its certified speakers and transmitters in a firmware update due in the second quarter of the year.
As an industry organisation promoting the wireless interoperability between consumer electronics and wireless speakers, the announcement from WiSA that it will introduce support for Dolby Atmos means that the current 5.1 surround limitation the standard has will be removed.
It essentially means that compatible devices can send multi-channel 3D audio to each other wirelessly so, after the update, owners of WiSA certified speakers can assign them as front, rear or height channels ready to receive Dolby Atmos audio directly from the WiSA transmitter on the TV.
Reacting to requests from consumers and industry members alike, Dolby Vision support will be built into the latest WiSA speaker and transmitter hardware and added to existing WiSA products via the scheduled update.
The WiSA press is quoted below:
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 10, 2020–
WiSA® LLC, the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association, comprised of over 60 leading consumer electronics brands, and founded by Summit Wireless Technologies (NASDAQ: WISA), today announced support of Dolby Atmos height channels, allowing WiSA speaker partners to develop products that include immersive 3D audio experiences made possible by Dolby Atmos technology. WiSA users will be able to assign front height, side height and rear height audio channels to WiSA Certified™ speakers, making it easy for consumers to configure their systems for Dolby Atmos content during set-up.
“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.”
The addition of Dolby Atmos height channels as options for a WiSA wireless audio system shows WiSA’s continued dedication to maintaining its leadership position in wireless home audio while providing versatile solutions that maintain an extremely high level of audio performance.
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.
WiSA’s membership consists of of more than 60 well know consumer electronics companies including Denon, Harman, JBL, Klipsch, LG, TCL, Marantz, Pioneer, Onkyo, Polk, THX, and Microsoft/Xbox.
If any readers have WiSA ready/enabled devices, please let us know in the discussion thread how you get on with the update
Source: Press Release
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