The WiSA Association Rocked CEDIA 2014 - Here’s a Look at our Favorite Moments

Whether you were able to attend CEDIA Expo in Denver earlier this month or not, chances are you followed the buzz. We had a great time meeting hundreds of show attendees, connecting with WiSA members and providing demos of wireless home theater and multi-zone audio capabilities in sound room 13.

Here’s a look at our sound room set up, made possible by the following WiSA Association members: Bang & Olufsen, who provided their WiSA complaint Beolab 20 speakers and the Beovision Avant TV, Sharp, with theirWiSA compliant Wireless High Resolution Audio Player, Claridy Audio supplied their brand new WiSA compliant XTZ cinema series home theater speakers and Hansong for their 5.1 WiSA compliant surround sound system.

Summit Semiconductor incorporated the extended distance modules into prototype speakers from WiSA members, Klipsch and Paradigm, for the technology demonstrations of our multi-zone whole house capabilities.

Did you catch any of our press coverage from the CEDIA Expo yet? We hosted briefings with 16 reporters! The latest articles featuring WiSA Association at CEDIA include Robert Kozel’s show recap from Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity and Scott Wilkinson’s article on AVS Forum. We expect more coverage in the weeks to come and we’ll be posting everything to our website, so stay tuned.

CEDIA was also a good opportunity for us to continue to get the word out about our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn communities. We use these channels to spread the latest news about the WiSA Association, our members and to share industry news, research and trends.

Our participation in key industry events like CEDIA, as well as our PR, marketing and social media efforts are all aimed at promoting products and the broad adoption of WiSA product interoperability. To continue that commitment our president, Tom Lee will participate in Futuresource’s Audio Renaissance: Market Dynamics in the New Audio Age” event in London, England, October 23, 2014 as a panelist, along with Piet Coelewij, Managing Director, Sonos and Jeff Hughes, CEO, Omnifone.

Want to learn more about the WiSA Association? Download our whitepaper and click here to read about all our WiSA membership benefits.

We always welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact:

Gaelen O’Connell
Editor, Social Media
WiSA Association
goconnell@wisaassociation.org

WiSA Presents InfoComm Webinar on Wireless Surround Sound Audio Transmission

President of the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA®) Association, Tom Lee, presented an InfoComm webinar yesterday: “Wireless Surround Sound Audio Transmission Using Dynamic Frequency Selection to Achieve Interference-Free Connection.” We had a great turnout, 290 attendees! If you weren’t able to attend live, we’re sorry we missed you, but you can catch the recording at your leisure here.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

● A bit more about the WiSA Association
● A look at how wireless audio technologies have progressed over the years
● The wireless audio options you have today, from Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi, and 5GHz UNII (unlicensed national information infrastructure) band, utilizing Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) channels, which enables 24-bit uncompressed wireless audio at 96kHz that WiSA uses in its specifications
● How WiSA is currently testing its newest specification that addresses home theater and multizone/whole house capabilities using the DFS - through walls, up to a 100 meters line of sight to produce crystal clear wireless high resolution audio
● Differences between personal audio, Wi-Fi streaming services and multichannel home theater
● Answers to your burning questions about wireless audio

Hello from the New WiSA Association President

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Hello from WiSA Association! My name is Tom Lee and I am your new President.  If we haven’t already spoken I am sure that we will have a phone conversation in the coming days.  I have been on the job now for a little over three weeks.  I am quickly learning a great deal about WiSA, our members and the tasks ahead of me.

I’d like to share a bit about my career, background and the path that led me to this new exciting position.  As difficult as it is to admit at times, I have been in the technology industry for over 35 years and have seen many changes – especially in the world of audio.

In my early days I worked for Intel in a number of progressively senior marketing and business development roles.  I spent most of those Intel years in Hillsboro, Oregon (in fact, I grew up in Oregon and attended the University of Oregon studying Computer Science and Finance).  I was also fortunate to get an international assignment for about two years running marketing for Intel’s System Group in Japan. It was great getting exposure to the international business environment and culture.

I had the desire to try a startup, so in the mid-90’s I moved my family to Texas where I was part of a team that took one of the world’s first 3D printing companies  (DTM Corporation) public through a NASDAQ IPO.

I also spent many years working at Cirrus Logic learning about the pro and consumer audio business.  I ran the audio DSP marketing organization as well as the ARM MCU group — defining products and taking them into the market.  Much of the MCU business was targeted at consumer and pro audio products so I’m sure that I have already met some of you over the years.

I have spent the last several years in senior roles in a number of startup companies developing semiconductor products for high volume consumer markets.

My specialty is  developing innovative approaches for taking new technology products to  market.  Determining the best way to explain and sell technology in terms that consumers will understand is a real challenge and huge focus of mine as your new President of WiSA Association.

In addition to my business background in audio I also have a personal interest/hobby in audio technology and music.  Please excuse me ahead of time if I ask too many questions about your products.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person over the coming weeks.  I hope to see many of you at CEDIA 2014 in Denver on September 11 – 13, 2014 or at CES 2015 on January 6 –9 in Las Vegas.

You will be seeing increased communication from the WiSA Association in the coming weeks.  I will be keeping all of you up to date on our expanding membership, new working committees, updated versions of the compliance test specification addressing whole home and Pro AV, audio industry education,  marketing and education programs and important news on what is going on in the competitive wireless audio landscape. The Association needs to play a much larger role to be meaningful for your company beyond publishing an interoperability specification and attending trade shows.  In the coming weeks I will be asking for your feedback and sharing my ideas about how to add more value to our partnership.

I am excited about the new opportunity and I am dedicated to building a large and successful ecosystem of WiSA compliant products.

Please contact me any time if you have questions, ideas or feedback about the WiSA Association:

Tom Lee

tlee@wisaassociation.org

+1 415 236 3355

skype: thomas_l_lee

By the way, we also have a new office address for receiving mail:

WiSA Association

458 Market Street

Suite 7-1026

San Francisco, California 94104

Regards,

Tom Lee

President, WiSA Association

CE Week Was A Smashing Success!

Hello from the WiSA Association! We had a strong showing at CE Week in New York last week. We spoke with over 40 reporters, received some great press coverage and spoke with a variety of attendees and exhibitors.

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We were thrilled to demo the Sharp Wireless High Resolution Audio Player SD-WH1000U, named favorite show discovery by Kalman Rubinson of Stereophile Magazine.

We also got to introduce booth visitors to Bang & Olufsen’s newest WiSA-compliant high-end wireless speakers, the BeoLab 20 and check out their new Madison Avenue retail store.

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Both the Universal Player and BeoLab 20 were covered on this Twit TV Home Theater Geeks episode by Scott Wilkinson so you can get the full scoop, even if you weren’t able to make the show!  Look for Jodi Sally of Sharp at minute 5:30 for more on the Audio Player and minute 55:10 for WiSA Association speaking with Dave Zapfel of Bang & Olufsen.

Reporters and attendees were also abuzz about WiSA’s emerging speaker technology that will pump sound wirelessly through three walls.


Thanks again to all who supported us and our CE Week efforts! And please look for us at the upcoming CEDIA 2014 show.

Get Ready New York, Here We Come!

Those of you who are plugged in to what is going on in consumer electronics know that CE Week is coming up pretty quickly.  While certainly not the largest of consumer electronics exhibitions by any stretch of the imagination, it is, nonetheless, one of the important ones.  For starters, it is in New York City, the crossroad of the world. Everybody knows how to get to NYC.  Secondly, it is a mecca for the influential press that covers the latest happenings in the industry. It is where fashion meets technology showcasing the latest wearable technology.  So if you have a new technology, gadget, or product rollout, CE Week is the place to be.

The WiSA Association will, once again, be attending CE Week and this time we will be showcasing WiSA-compliant products that are actually on the market; you can buy them today! At previous events, we were only able to demo prototype systems with the promise that products will be available “in the near future.”

Bang & Olufsen, a WiSA Member, have loaned us a pair of their recently announced WiSA-compliant BeoLab 20 speakers. We will team this up with the Sharp SD WH-1000U WiSA-compliant High Resolution Wireless Audio player as our featured demo. Both members will have their own exhibits and press events showcasing their WiSA products.   

CE Week will only last a couple of days but it is shaping up to be quite an intense couple of days for sure.


There has been a lot of industry curiosity surrounding the efforts of the WiSA Association with membership doubling year-over-year.  And, we will be announcing several new brands in the coming weeks.  However, , I guess the real question is: Is the migration to wireless for high-resolution audio as inevitable as all the other devices that have moved on to wireless?

- WiSA Association President, Jim Venable

WiSA Association Rocked Wireless Hi-Res Audio at InfoComm14

Thanks to everyone who attended and showed their support to WiSA Association at InfoComm14 earlier this week. We had a fantastic presentation with Pete Putman on “Future Technologies, Smart Display Interfaces: The Next Generation and Wireless AV” - over 300 people attended.

InfoComm14 also served as a coming out party for Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 20, which got rave reviews from attendees. We’re off to CE Week next week to keep the momentum going and people buzzing. Cheers to taking wireless technologies to new levels!

Join WiSA at CE Week for wireless high-resolution audio system demo

A leader in the wireless high-resolution audio category, WiSA Association is proud to announce our second appearance at CE Week in New York City, NY from June 25-26, 2014.

The market shift towards wireless audio has developed some exciting new products. We’re thrilled to be just one of many CE Week exhibitors taking wireless technologies to new levels and giving you a personal sneak peek at the show!

Visit us at booth #108 in the Altman Building to experience Sharp’s SD-WH1000U, the first WiSA-certified High Resolution Wireless Audio component, transmitting both audio and video. We’ll be demonstrating the Sharp player with Bang & Olufsen’s newest WiSA-compliant high-end wireless speakers, the  BeoLab 20s.

WiSA-compliant products go beyond other wireless technologies on the market like Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, etc. to offer 24-bit music and video games in their original sampling rate, up to 96kHz - no compression, no dropouts, just pure interference-free, HD-quality sound.

Planning on attending CE Week? Let us know in advance by leaving a comment here on our blog and/or contacting Linda Ferguson at lferguson AT wisaassociation.org. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

You Say You Want Wireless High Resolution Audio for ProAV? Check Out The WiSA Association’s Vision at InfoComm!

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The Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA™) Association is gearing up for another great year at InfoComm and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas the week of June 16th!

We know our way around the home theater space and we’ve felt the strong pull by the ProAV community for high resolution wireless speakers for quite some time. We think ProAV wants the same things as the home theater market: convenience, cost savings, simple set up and teardown, reliability, and, more importantly, interference-free wireless interoperability.

This will be the third year in a row that industry luminary, Pete Putman, contributing editor, Sound and Communications, editor of HDTV Experts.com invites WiSA Association president Jim Venable, to demonstrate WiSA-compliant products as part of his AV wireless presentation. Jim will be demonstrating the brand new WiSA-compliant Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 20 speakers and engaging with attendees to hear how WiSA-compliant gear could overcome challenges facing the ProAV market.

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Join us for “Future Technologies, Smart Display Interfaces: The Next Generation and Wireless AV” on Tuesday, June 17th at 10am. Pete will speak about the progress wireless high-bandwidth display and audio connectivity have made in coming to market and the battle between proprietary standards and conventional 802.xx-based systems. He will be giving you the full scoop on:

  • How well they actually work

  • Where can you use them

  • Interference and spectrum challenges the systems face

  • WiSA’s roadmap for addressing key needs for the Pro market - what we’ve done, what the requirements are and what WiSA technology will support.

They’ll also answer all your burning questions and, of course, you’ll want to be there for their live demos!

We’ll be sharing some exciting plans for our summer, including information on a product the high-end custom install market is going to love from one of our very own WiSA members.

That’s the update on all of our plans. Tell us, will YOU be at InfoComm14, too? If so, what gets you most excited about the idea of wireless in the ProAV space?

WiSA Association to Showcase WiSA-compliant Products in Amsterdam at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 

By Jim Venable, President, WiSA LLC.

We are barely done with a very successful CES in Las Vegas and now we’ll be off to Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam this coming Saturday 1 February 2014.  The Association will once again have a sound room where we’ll be demonstrating the industry leading Bang & Olufsen 7.1 WiSA-compliant system.  This system was such a stunning hit at CES; totally blowing everyone’s mind at how such extraordinary, robust sound could be coming from a wireless system.  Many thanks to the B&O team for assisting us in getting everything we needed for a successful demo at CES and ISE.   

Additionally, we will also be showing a 5.1 demo provided by members Accusound and Hansong. This system shows how one can get a high resolution, beautifully rich sound from such a compact, cost-effective product.  Truly amazing.

For those of you who are not familiar with ISE, this is a show sponsored by CEDIA and InfoComm drawing approximately 50,000 attendees with exhibits spread over 12 buildings.  Last year we had about 500 people that came through our sound room area over a three day period and with the expected increase in attendance this year, we are planning for even more. It should be another great show for the WiSA Association as we continue to build the momentum toward industry-wide adoption.

The WiSA Association sound room is located at 7-R170 in the Amsterdam RAI, NL.  The ISE 2014 show runs from 4 February through 6 February. Please stop by to hear a demonstration if you are there! J.V.

The WiSA Association Demonstrates Award-Winning Products and Sets Roadmap At #CES2014

By WiSA Staff Writers

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The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association demonstrated a variety of new high-resolution audio (24-bit / 96 KHz) products from their Members at #CES2014 including the Sharp Universal Player with built in WiSA transmitter, the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 11 TV, also with a built-in transmitter, and the Beolab 17, 18, and 19 speakers, the first WiSA-compliant speakers on the market. B&O also introduced some WiSA-compliant accessories at CES to bring high-resolution wireless audio to legacy B&O speakers: the BeoLab Transmitter 1 and BeoLab Receiver 1. The Sharp Universal Player with WiSA transmitter and the B&O Beolab 17 and 19 models all won CES Innovation 2014 awards.

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WiSA also showcased a new compact 5.1 wireless surround sound bookshelf speaker system from Accusound, scheduled to shipping to 500 Australian retail locations later this quarter.  By utilizing adjoining suites on the 30th floor of the Venetian Tower, the WiSA Association was able to simultaneously demonstrate three complete wireless audio systems, each transmitting up to 8 audio channels.

One of the new WiSA-compliant products that may have slipped under your ‘CES radar’ was the new WiSA-compliant Wireless Audio Bridge from Sharp. This device directly answers the question that many consumers and AV installers have asked numerous times at industry trade shows, where the consumer already purchased stereo speakers and an amp or receiver that they want to keep, but they also want to upgrade to 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. The Sharp wireless audio bridge is a WiSA-compliant receiver that only requires AC power and outputs line level audio received from any WiSA-compliant transmitter.

On Thursday January 9, 2014, more than twenty executives and engineers from the WiSA Association Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss their next steps in high resolution wireless audio. The WiSA TAC established two special interest groups (SIGs) within the WiSA Association, to address two distinct vertical markets:

  • Whole-Home / Multi-Zone Wireless Audio SIG

  • Professional and Commercial Wireless Audio SIG

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We want to thank our WiSA Members, our Technical Advisory Committee, and everyone who stopped by the WiSA Association suite at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. And special thanks to Stephen Rochlin from EnjoyThe Music.com, who managed to interview Jim Venable in the 2014 CES WiSA demo suite, without actually visiting the WiSA demo suite or even being in Las Vegas!: