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Overview

The WiSA mission is to make great home theater simple by eliminating the complicated set-up and wiring of traditional systems and utilizing cutting-edge wireless technology to create powerful, reliable, amazing audio systems that bring enjoyment to the whole family.

Speaker and Audio technology that combine to deliver unmatched performance and ease of use for the home theater consumer. WiSA technology transmits 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96k/second, with robust error recovery for uninterrupted listening enjoyment. With extremely low latency and negligible speaker-to-speaker delay, it offers flawless wired-quality performance and reliability.

WiSA technology operates in the relatively unused 5.2 to 5.8 GHz UNII radio frequency spectrum, reliably transmitting uncompressed HD audio from 2-channel stereo to 7.1 surround, along with system configuration and calibration data. Older wireless technologies, by contrast, operate in the same crowded frequency band used by cordless phones, baby monitors, security monitors, wireless Internet hubs, and microwaves—resulting in interference and poor quality audio.

The WiSA Association was created to provide an interoperability compliance program for speaker brands and manufacturers of CE Consumers purchasing products bearing the WiSA logo can be confident that these products will work together flawlessly in the home theater environment. This level of compliance is especially critical for new and emerging technologies such as wireless audio.


System Set-Up

WiSA Certified speakers and components are extremely easy to install and configure. Simply position the speakers where you want them, plug them into AC power, and power up the transmitter unit (Control “Hub”, TV, disc player, game console or AV Receiver). If the speaker positions need to change, they can simply be moved. There are no speaker cables, connections, or speaker-to-amplifier matching required. Unlike traditional home theater systems, a WiSA Certified system can be quickly set up by the average user without the expense of hiring a professional installer.

Channels (e.g. right, left, center, sub, surrounds, rears) are assigned to speakers either automatically or by using an on-screen display (OSD) on a TV or mobile app. Through this process the system “learns” the locations of the speakers. Once channels are assigned, it is possible for speaker distances and levels (output) to be adjusted independently to create the perfect listening experience for any room.

OSD Mobile Application

Scalability

Unlike traditional home theater, a WiSA Certified system can be easily altered, reconfigured, or upgraded without the hassle and expense of running and connecting additional speaker wires or bringing in a professional installer. WiSA Certified products are tested for reliable interoperability among transmitter and speaker brands, which is particularly important when it comes to scaling a home theater system. For instance, you may want to start building your system with a simple sound bar and possibly a subwoofer.

Sound Bar and Subwoofer

Later on, when you want more capability, you might add a set of surround speakers. Eventually you want a full 7.1 surround experience so you add rear speakers, a better subwoofer, and a WiSA Control Center/Hub with a 7.1 decoder. Since all of these components are WiSA Certified, they all work together flawlessly and make each step of the system expansion extremely simple.

Room Arrangment

At some point the system may need to be moved to a different room, or into a new home. A grown child might move out of the house and take some of the components with them to college, with the missing pieces replaced by newer components. Again, each one of these system changes is made plug-and-play simple with WiSA technology.

Consumers’ purchase decisions may be made due to features, quality, cost, or even color. The important point is that they have choices as they expand their system and are not limited to a single brand or type/style of solution. To achieve this, the WiSA certification and testing program ensures that all products from all brands interact correctly.


Key Attributes

Some of the key attributes of WiSA technology include:


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