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@DTS Introduces Play-Fi and Virtual:X at #CES2017


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DTS, Inc. has long been an established player and leader for high definition audio solutions and has introduced several new technologies at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas happening now until January 8. The company’s expansion and introduction of new technologies continues ans has been recently bolstered by its acquisition back in September by the Tessera Corporation for $850 million.

Since 1993, DTS, Inc. has been dedicated to making the world sound better. Through its pioneering audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems, cinema, automotive and beyond, DTS provides incredibly high-quality, immersive and engaging audio experiences to listeners everywhere. DTS technology is integrated in more than two billion devices globally, and the world’s leading video and music streaming services are increasingly choosing DTS to deliver premium sound to their listeners’ network-connected devices.

Jon Kirchner, president of Tessera noted that, “In the past year, DTS has substantially grown its list of partner products and services incorporating DTS next-generation audio technologies for the home, mobile devices and autos. In 2017, DTS will continue to innovate and expand its reach enabling listeners to experience enhanced entertainment no matter where they are. We are proud to highlight the latest updates and implementation progress of the DTS Play-Fi, DTS Headphone:X, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X and HD Radio technologies.”

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Two major new technological highlights being shown at the CES this year by DTS is their Play-Fi system and their cutting edge home theater sound technology called Virtual:X. Play-Fi has been around for a couple of years and is one of DTS’ strongest players. The technology enables lossless multiroom wireless audio streaming and DTS looks to also rollout these related technologies at the Las Vegas venue:

  • Arcam: The company’s rPlay wireless music receiver, set for launch in 2017, will debut at CES 2017.
  • DISH: The DISH Hopper3 and Joey will be DTS Play-Fi enabled in January 2017. After the update, DISH subscriber homes with Hopper3 DVRs and Joeys will be able to play synchronized music through the home on connected speakers in the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem.
  • Pioneer/Elite/Onkyo/Integra: Pioneer, Onkyo and Integra have announced more than 100 products that will receive Play-Fi updates in 2017, including the flagship Integra DRC-R1, Onkyo PR-RZ5100, Onkyo TX-RZ3100 and Pioneer SC-LX901.
  • Soundcast: Upon launch in 2017, the VG10 will be the first portable, outdoor speaker with DTS Play-Fi technology on the market.
  • THIEL Audio: Play-Fi technology will be integrated into several models of THIEL’s new AURORA LifeStream wireless speaker system. The products will also be compatible with Amazon Alexa upon the DTS Play-Fi firmware update.
  • Smart Watch Support – Enables control of the DTS Play-Fi system and music streams from Android Wear and Apple watch devices.
  • Discrete Speaker Support For DTS Play-Fi Wireless Surround – In addition to being able to pair two Play-Fi products to a compatible soundbar to create a true 5.1 surround system, listeners can now also configure a single DTS Play-Fi end-point as Surround Left and Surround Right in the DTS Play-Fi Surround setup. This is perfect for DTS Play-Fi amps, preamps, and receivers that can power or drive a set of satellite speakers.
  • 24/192 Critical Listening Mode – DTS Play-Fi technology now supports native rendering of any resolution configuration up to and including 24 bit/192 kHz, without the need to downsample or transcode the files beforehand.
  • Enhanced Spotify Playback – Listeners can now fully control their Spotify Connect zone (or any remote zone) from the DTS Play-Fi app.

In 2017, DTS will deliver fully-immersive sound to consumers with its new post-processing audio solution, DTS Virtual:X. This next-generation technology translates 11.1 content into a format that can play back on a traditional 5.1 speaker setup to deliver a compelling immersive height experience for consumers.

As an increasing number of Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray movies have been released with DTS:X® immersive audio, most consumers do not have height speakers in their ceilings nor upfiring speakers. For AVR OEMs, DTS has solved this issue by rendering the exciting new immersive audio mixes using proprietary audio post-processing that allows consumers to enjoy an immersive experience from their existing, traditional 5.1 speaker set up. For new sound bars, this means that a sense of immersion can be preserved or even created in cost-effective sound bars ranging from 2.1, up to 5.1 channel configurations.

Unveiled in September 2016, the DTS Virtual:X solution will be available in the first quarter of 2017 from Analog Devices, RT-RK for Cirrus DSPs and Texas Instruments. Leading AVR and soundbar manufacturers are committed to launching new products in 2017, including from partner Yamaha. DTS will demonstrate Virtual:X technology for soundbars and AVRs at CES.

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