Digital Trends: Up close and personal with WiSA, the future of your wireless home theater

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The driving force behind WiSA is the Summit Wireless chip and module, which will be standard in all WiSA compliant devices. With WiSA 1.0, the chip provides sound at a 96KHz sample rate, at 24 bits to 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond at up to 30 feet. Summit is on the advisory board for WiSA, along with Silicon Image -- you know, the people who invented a little thing called HDMI. The companies have helped develop WiSA on a broad, 24 channel wireless band that is far removed from Wi-Fi, Airplay, and DLNA transmissions to help provide a traffic free space. The open bandwidth harbors the signal from the interference problems consumers have experienced with previous wireless sound systems: If one of the channels has interference, the system automatically and (we're told) seamlessly moves to the next channel.

But aside from the incredibly clean, unhindered sound transmission we heard from the WiSA system at the Venetian, perhaps what makes WiSA most enticing is its simplicity. Venable says the hardest thing about setting a WiSA system up is pulling the speakers out of the box. We're not quite convinced it's that simple, but it looks pretty close. The system is set-up by two different methods: The first, onboard the more expensive WiSA compliant products, works by having the speakers chirp at each other at a pitch well above the frequency that humans can hear. With this method, wherever you go with your remote control, the system understands and adjusts all the speakers for volume and delay, making any place in your living room the hotspot for surround sound...

Read Ryan Waniata's full article at Digital Trends...