WiSA SoundSend wireless TV audio transmitter launched for Dolby Atmos home cinema

posted on Tuesday, 6th October 2020 by Steve May

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The WiSA Association has launched its first branded product, the SoundSend wireless audio transmitter, designed to send TV direct to WiSA Certified speakers.

SoundSend works with any TV with HDMI ARC or eARC, or digital optical audio connection. The device can be added to any home cinema or AV installation, the TV doesn’t need to be WiSA Ready for the SoundSend to function, and it doesn’t require a Wi-Fi network to operate.

For integrators, the device opens up new possibilities when it comes to wireless multichannel audio, particularly when it comes to media room installations, and offers the ability to mix and match any WiSA Certified components.

The device automatically finds and connects to the WiSA Certified speakers. Supporting brands include Harman, Klipsch, Savant, Dynaudio, Enclave Audio. A My Zone feature then calibrates the connected speaker to the listener's location to create a sweet spot for the best possible entertainment experience.

The SoundSend supports audio up to 24bit/96kHz, can transmit up to eight audio channels and decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital + and Dolby Atmos. Using the SoundSender, a complete surround sound system could be installed in minutes, using for example Harman Citation speakers, without any requirement for an AV receiver.

“The SoundSend is the perfect solution to accompany today’s smart televisions that deliver millions of hours of highly-produced content with multichannel audio coming from hundreds of sources,” said Tony Ostrom, President of WiSA. “The product’s unprecedented and seamless connectivity provides consumers the freedom to mix and match WiSA Certified components to create a fully interoperable surround sound system.”

The SoundSend will retail for $179 when it launches in the US in November. We’ve no news yet of a UK or European introduction, although the WiSA team told Inside CI it could arrive early 2021.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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