Music playback on AirPlay 2 products can be started via spoken commands to Siri or to a HomePod. Alternatively, users can use spoken commands to add AirPlay 2 speakers into a group with a HomePod or even transfer music playback from the HomePod to other AirPlay 2 products in the home. Apple users have a variety of other ways to access their AirPlay 2 products, including direct streaming from iTunes, iOS, MacOS and AppleTV. The additional network buffering in AirPlay 2 provides greater transmission reliability in cases where Wi-Fi connections are temporarily unavailable or unstable.
“We are thrilled to bring AirPlay 2 into the DTS Play-Fi experience,” says Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi. “With this new ability, our partners can better service Apple users with a feature set that meets their expectations for interoperability with the products they love.”
DTS Play-Fi products supporting AirPlay 2 are also Works with Alexa compatible, allowing household users to choose between Siri or Alexa voice assistants to control the same product. All these features work in conjunction with DTS Play-Fi’s broad array of capabilities, including on-product music presets, wireless surround sound, whole-home TV audio streaming to any DTS Play-Fi product and/or the DTS Play-Fi Headphones app, and 24/192 Hi-Res Audio streaming.
“AirPlay 2 brings multi-room music playback to the Apple ecosystem,” says Nicholas Clarke, senior director, global engineering, luxury audio at Harman. “Combining AirPlay 2 with DTS Play-Fi gives Arcam rPlay customers even more ways to access their product while providing the hi-res streaming audio support they demand.”
Charlie Randall, chief executive officer (CEO) at McIntosh, commented, “Supporting AirPlay 2 and Works with Alexa in the RS200 offers choice to our customers with music assistant control. Integrating these protocols with DTS Play-Fi gives the RS200 a sophisticated set of streaming capabilities unmatched by our competitors.”
DTS Play-Fi technology enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming on supported products, supporting wireless surround sound, stereo pairing, and audio/video synchronization. Currently, the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem features more than 200 interoperable speakers, soundbars, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers from leading manufacturers, including Arcam (now part of Harman), Definitive Technology, Integra, Klipsch, McIntosh, Onkyo, Paradigm, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Quad, Rotel, and Sonus Faber, among others.
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