At the recent CEDIA Expo, wireless multiroom audio systems were a hot topic, with a number of big-name audio manufacturers introducing systems designed to compete against the current king of the hill: Sonos. The casual observer may wonder, why now? Sonos has been around for years. Why the sudden onslaught of high-profile competitors? The answer is DTS Play-Fi.
Play-Fi isn’t exactly brand new, either. This WiFi-based audio streaming solution was developed by Phorus founder Dannie Lau, and the technology first appeared in the Phorus PS1 speaker back in 2012. Phorus was purchased in July 2012 by a little company you may have heard of called DTS, which made the decision to license Play-Fi to other companies. Those licenses are now rearing fruit, in the form of now-shipping Play-Fi systems from Wren, Polk Audio, and Definitive Technology, plus more to come from MartinLogan, Paradigm/Anthem, CORE Brands (SpeakerCraft, Niles, Proficient), and Fine Sounds (McIntosh, Wadia Digital, and Sonus Faber). Given the current surge, we figured now was a good time to get everyone up to speed on what Play-Fi is, how it works, and how it compares with other wireless options like Bluetooth, AirPlay, and Sonos. Via hometheaterreview.com