DTS has just announced the availability of the Phorus PS10, the first DTS Play-Fi–enabled wireless speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service — and hi-res options too. The Phorus PS10 is now available for $249 via Phorus.com.
The Phorus PS10’s built-in far-field microphone array allows users to access information, play music, and control other home automation devices via Alexa. Just like with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, advanced signal processing techniques reliably capture spoken commands in noisy environments and from across the room, even when the speaker is playing music. With the inclusion of DTS Play-Fi technology, the PS10 can connect to more than 200 DTS Play-Fi-compatible products to form an Alexa-powered whole-home audio system, regardless of brand.
The Phorus PS10 produces audio via a built-in 30-watt amplifier with DTS Sound post processing, two 65mm Neodymium full range transducers, and two 4-inch bass radiators in a sealed enclosure. The PS10 supports playback of hi-res audio files wirelessly via DTS Play-Fi technology and features four hard button music station presets, allowing for easy, one-touch access of a user’s favorite streaming music stations.
“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 multiroom 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 192kHz/24-bit content, giving the product category-leading convenience, performance, and sound quality.”
Multiroom music control on the Phorus PS10 is easy using the Phorus Apps for Android, iOS, and Kindle. When compatible DTS Play-Fi products, including the Phorus PS5 speaker and Phorus PR5 receiver, are grouped with the PS10, music simultaneously plays to the group with playback controlled by Alexa. Each member of a family can also use the Phorus app on their smartphone or tablet to listen to music in their own room or groups of rooms. Users can also control their system using their Apple Watch or Android Wear device.
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 hi-res DAC. 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 multiroom 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.