The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) association wants to turn its wireless in-room home theater speaker technology into a wireless multi-zone stereo technology.
Bang & Olufsen was the first manufacturer to incorporate the WiSA platform in its speakers.
The current WiSA technology transmits up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed 96/24 audio up to 10 meters line-of-sight within a room. The new technology, called Extended Distance (XD), will support a 7.4 home theater speaker system simultaneously with up to seven zones of multiroom audio. Range will expand to 100 meters line of sight, or 40 meters through two walls, or 30 meters through three walls, said WiSA president James Venable.
With the market requirements set, WiSA is building modules for inclusion in product prototypes for proof-of-concept testing, Venable told TWICE. Products for the residential and commercial industries could be available in mid-2015, he said.
Venable foresees product for the over-the-counter consumer market as well as for the residential installation market.
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