DTS is getting a little personal. The wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Corporation announced that it has launched a Play-Fi headphone app aimed at making any of its Play-Fi enabled products capable of streaming shared content via standard headphones, while maintaining perfect audio/video synchronization. The DTS Play-Fi Headphones app will serve as a companion app, allowing the user to stream content over WiFi that is playing on any DTS Play-Fi supported product to any pair of headphones connected to a phone or tablet. The free DTS Play-Fi Headphones app is available now on iOS and will launch on Android in early July.
DTS has built a solid reputation by integrating its Play-Fi solution into a wide range of speaker systems, enabling seamless audio streaming. When set up properly, a DTS Play-Fi system can create an incredible whole home audio experience, whether that’s streaming music from one of many services, or simply enjoying a home theater experience.
With the DTS Play-Fi Headphones solution, up to four listeners can join the audio streaming session for a “private listening party” without disturbing others around them, DTS explained in a statement. When used in conjunction with DTS Play-Fi’s new whole-home TV audio streaming feature, the app allows users to join an ongoing TV audio multiroom session and enjoy the content at whatever volume level is best for them, while still enjoying the content as a group.
“We are excited to announce the new DTS Play-Fi Headphones app, bringing a private listening experience to the whole-home audio ecosystem,” Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi at Xperi, said in the statement. “Whether it’s enjoying shared content at a higher volume, or multiple users enjoying the same content through individual headphones so they won’t disturb others, the DTS Play-Fi Headphones app delivers high quality audio and performance over Wi-Fi.”
The initial list of speakers that the headphones service will be available on includes:
- Definitive Technology W Studio Micro sound bar
- Klipsch Gate receiver, PowerGate amplifier, RSB-8 sound bar, RSB-14 sound bar, RW-1 speaker, “The Capitol Three” speaker, and “The Three” speaker
- McIntosh MB50 streaming audio player
- Onkyo Smart Speaker G3
- Paradigm PW LINK pre-amplifier
- Phorus PS10 speaker
- Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4
- Polk Omni S6 speaker and SB1+ sound bar
Similar to the stated benefits of the Play-Fi system as whole-home speaker solution, DTS said that the Headphones app enables the user to enjoy their personal audio experience without the limitations of basic Bluetooth streaming. Though it’s hard to imagine wanting to stream to headphones instead of one of those pricey, high-fidelity speakers listed above, sometimes the user may just want a more personal listening experience, or one that doesn’t disrupt the other occupants in their home.
The real benefit of the DTS Play-Fi Headphones app, it seems, is the extension of the TV streaming. Rather than stream content throughout the entire home and risk annoying someone who doesn’t care about the latest happenings on Bachelor, you can stream that to your headphones, while also having the freedom to move from room to room without missing a moment.