We’ve been paying a lot of attention recently to the workings of WiSA, the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association. The industry group has been hard at work expanding its membership roster as it looks to bring its hi-res wireless multichannel audio technology to a wider consumer base. Already, the association has an impressive lineup that includes brands like Anthem, Klipsch, Pioneer, Polk Audio, LG, Onkyo, and many more.
The list got a whole lot longer, though, this week after an announcement from VOXX International. In a joint statement with WiSA, VOXX revealed that it is bringing its entire portfolio of audio products into the fold.
VOXX has long served as a founding member of WiSA thanks to its ownership of the Klipsch brand. Klipsch currently sells WiSA-enabled Reference Premier HD Wireless home theater speakers. By opening up its entire portfolio of audio brands to the association, VOXX brings established names like 808 Audio, Acoustic Research, Jamo, Energy, RCA, Heco, Magnat, and more under the WiSA umbrella.
“Our Klipsch brand has experienced significant success through our WiSA alliance and we look forward to leveraging this further with other leading audio products in our portfolio,” Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX, said in a statement. “By expanding our partnership with WiSA, we will be in a better position to leverage WiSA’s resources and technological capabilities, while broadening potential distribution channels on a global scale. We look forward to working more closely with the association to enhance our offerings and delivering best-in-class solutions for our customers and retail partners.”
By adding those brands to the WiSA membership, VOXX’s entire family of audio products now has access to the WiSA specification, technical support, and testing protocols necessary to bring interoperable, wireless home theater speakers to market. The goal for WiSA and its member brands is, ultimately, to an ecosystem where the consumer can pick and choose different wireless speakers to build the wireless home theater system that works best for them, rather than being locked in to a specific brand.
“VOXX is such an important component of the consumer electronics and high-end audio marketplaces both nationally and internationally,” Tony Ostrom, President of WiSA, said in the statement. “The potential for certified product offerings is endless, and we look forward to working with them to make interoperable audio products that span the company’s portfolio. As our member roster grows, so does the potential for consumers to create the perfect home theater experience by selecting the products and brands that are right for them, their goals, and their environment.”