DTS subsidiary Phorus, whose first branded wireless receiver and speaker have initially used DTS’s Play-Fi Wi-Fi-based wireless high-quality audio streaming technology to accept transmissions solely from Android-based devices, will now benefit from an expansion of Play-Fi's capabilities that make it compatible with both Apple iOS and Windows devices.
Apps for both platforms are being released that will make the Phorus PS1 speaker ($199) and PR1 receiver ($149) iPhone/iPad and Windows-PC compatible, said Dannie Lau, Phorus general manager and one of Play-Fi’s developers.
Play-Fi is what Lau described as “hi-fi over Wi-Fi.” He said it transmits compressed via Wi-Fi but, unlike with Bluetooth, without any sound quality degradation. Play-Fi also supports multi-room streaming to multiple speakers that are synched so that there is no lag in what is heard; it also supports multi-user streaming to up to 18 separate speakers or up to eight grouped speakers, he said. Eventually, a firmware update will allow the speakers to be configured as left/right pairs, said Sharon Graves, Phorus vice president.