The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing, high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market, continues its fast growth with the addition of six new members. Joining the Association to advance its mission is: Claridy Audio, a full-service OEM and ODM for digital audio electronics, wireless, amplification, and complete acoustical system design; Elytone Electronic, a leading OEM and ODM for audio products; Enclave Wireless Audio builds wireless audio products; Fostex, a manufacturer of consumer and professional audio products is a division of Foster, a large OEM speaker maker; Innovo Concepts, an innovative product design company; and Monitor Audio, a global specialist in speaker design. The Association has grown more than 50% since January of 2014 and now has thirty member companies. Additional member announcements are expected in the coming days.
According to Raiyska Iyer, market research analyst for Futuresource Consulting, home audio represents an enormous opportunity for manufacturers and retailers with wireless speakers and soundbars growing at 181% and 81% annually. To date, wireless audio solutions have been limited to only a stereo experience, the key advantage of WiSA-compliant components is that it is the first solution to offer high-resolution audio from 2.0 to 7.4 channels. And, WiSA-compliant systems are fully interoperable, allowing the consumer the convenience and freedom-of-choice to mix and match components from different manufacturers.
“The surge in membership and the adoption of WiSA-compliant products is a reflection of the Association’s category leading wireless audio solution,” said Tom Lee, president of the WiSA Association. “WiSA members are able to deliver what consumers want, a full multi-channel, wireless home theater experience. The interference-free, wireless high-resolution audio products are easy to set up and interoperate with other compliant CE devices like HDTVs, set-top-boxes, gaming devices and more.”