The Wireless Speaker and
Audio Association and the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and
Acoustics, Team Up To Bring Greater Focus on Issues that Affect Both Memberships
and the Industry
SAN FRANCISO, Calif.,
March 25, 2014, The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™) Association,
an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high-resolution,
interoperable, wireless, surround sound audio products to the home theater
market and the Association of
Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics International (ALMA®), a
not-for-profit trade association, dedicated to improving the design and
manufacture of loudspeakers, today announce the signing of membership
agreements in each other’s organizations.
ALMA International and the WiSA Association are both dedicated to the
advancement and growth of the loudspeaker industry while focusing on different
yet complementary areas of technology. The
relationship will serve to address those common interests such as, the
requirements for designing and manufacturing high-resolution digital audio.
The WiSA Association delivered the industry’s first and only interoperability
and compliance test specification (CTS) for ensuring the quality of the wireless
link between transmitting devices such as, HDTVs, AVRs, DVD/Blu-ray players,
gaming consoles, set-top boxes and receiving devices like speakers and
systems deliver cinema quality sound with 24bit, up to 96 KHz uncompressed,
interference-free audio. ALMA
International, in its 50-plus year history has set numerous standards
addressing loudspeaker design, components, performance and testing.
"There is a great deal of synergy in our two
associations,” said ALMA Association Manager, Barry Vogel. “ALMA and WiSA are
both dedicated to the loudspeaker industry, but we come at it from different angles.
We look forward to exploring areas of mutual interest and benefit to our
memberships, several of whom are members of both organizations."
“As the leader in the wireless high-resolution audio
category, one of our objectives is to engage with other standards bodies and
organizations that work on similar issues affecting our members as well as set
the direction for the industry,” said Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association.
“We are excited to partner with ALMA, an organization who, throughout its long
history, has been setting standards for the loudspeaker market.”
About the WiSA Association:
Established in 2011 and headquartered in San
Francisco, California, the Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association is
an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high-resolution interoperable
wireless audio products to the consumer.
The Association is responsible for developing specifications and
performing testing and interoperability certification of WiSA-certified
products, Association administrative management, and outbound marketing
campaigns to promote the broad adoption of WiSA interoperability. For more information about the WiSA Association, visit www.wisaassociation.org.
ALMA – the Association for
Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International is
a not-for-profit trade association, dedicated to improving the design and
manufacture of loudspeakers. Our membership is made up of loudspeaker
designers and manufacturers, suppliers of components, test and measurement
equipment and other products, consultants and other service providers to the
industry. Individuals, academic institutions and full-time students
participating in this field are also eligible to join. Our membership is global.
Founded in 1961 as the American Loudspeaker Manufacturers Association, in 2001
changed its name to ALMA International to reflect its new, geographically
diverse membership base. For more information about ALMA visit www.almainternational.org.
Linda Ferguson, PR Counsel
Barry Vogel, Association Manager
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