The day of digital assistants being packaged alongside just-ok speakers is long gone... and good riddance. Xperi has launched their Phorus PS10, a $249 speaker that offers DTS Play-Fi and Amazon Alexa.
The PS10 has built-in far-field microphone array, like every other top-tier digital assistant speaker this year, but is the first to offer Play-Fi. That opens the door to all the normal Alexa-powered options, as well as the 200+ DTS Play-Fi products on the market. The PS10 sports a built-in 30-watt amplifier, two 65mm Neodymium full-range transducers, and two four-inch bass radiators in a sealed enclosure.
“Phorus is continually pushing the boundaries of the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem with new innovative products as demonstrated by the Phorus PS10 smart speaker, the first wireless multi-room speaker to ship with Amazon Alexa Voice Service built-in,” said Dannie Lau, general manager of DTS Play-Fi. “The Phorus PS10 is also the first Alexa-compatible product to include one-touch music station presets and support for hi-res 24-bit/192kHz content, giving the product category-leading convenience, performance, and sound quality.”
Xperi utilizes a homegrown app to control multi-music controls, giving the PS10 the ability to play music simultaneously through any Play-Fi product. The Phorus PS10 supports playback through Airplay, and Spotify Connect, includes a 3.5mm input for connecting any analog source, and a line-level audiophile grade output for connections to high-performance audio components. Using DTS Play-Fi, the 3.5mm input can be streamed wirelessly to DTS Play-Fi enabled products in other rooms of the home. The line out features variable volume output control and a Wolfson high-resolution DAC for amazing sound quality. Additionally, the PS10 will support Amazon’s Connected Speaker API with a future firmware update. This will enable the PS10 to select and control the playback of music on all DTS Play-Fi enabled speakers throughout the home.
DTS Play-Fi technology enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services including Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Juke, KKBox, Napster, Qobuz, QQ Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify and Tidal, thousands of Internet radio stations, as well as personal music libraries, on any supported product.
The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem features the largest collection of products in the whole-home wireless audio space, with more than 200 interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and receivers from the top names in premium audio including Aerix, Anthem, Arcam, Definitive Technology, DISH TV, Elite, Fusion Research, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Onkyo, Paradigm, Phorus, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Rotel, Sonus faber, THIEL Audio and Wren Sound, with products from Soundcast, SVS Sound and more forthcoming.