DTS Play-Fi now supports AirPlay 2
DTS has announced that a select range of DTS Play-Fi products are now AirPlay 2 compatible.
AirPlay 2 support is now available on the McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay, with additional products to be announced later this year.
AirPlay 2 compatibility enables a range of multiroom possibilities. Spoken commands to Siri, Alexa or HomePod can activate music playback on AirPlay 2 products. Alternatively, homeowners can use voice commands to add AirPlay 2 speakers into a group with a HomePod or even transfer music playback from the HomePod to other AirPlay 2 devices.
Apple users can access their AirPlay 2 products in a variety of ways, including direct streaming from iTunes, iOS, MacOS, and AppleTV. The additional network buffering in AirPlay 2 provides greater transmission reliability in cases where Wi-Fi connections are temporarily unavailable or unstable.
DTS Play-Fi products supporting AirPlay 2 are also compatible with “Works with Alexa”. This means that homeowners can choose to control products with Siri or Alexa.
“We are thrilled to bring AirPlay 2 into the DTS Play-Fi experience,” said Dannie Lau, general manager, DTS Play-Fi. “With this new ability, our partners can better service Apple users with a feature set that meets their expectations for interoperability with the products they love.”
“AirPlay 2 brings multi-room music playback to the Apple ecosystem,” said Nicholas Clarke, senior director, global engineering, luxury audio at Harman. “Combining AirPlay 2 with DTS Play-Fi gives Arcam rPlay customers even more ways to access their product while providing the hi-res streaming audio support they demand.”
Charlie Randall, chief executive officer (CEO) at McIntosh commented: “Supporting AirPlay 2 and Works with Alexa in the RS200 offers choice to our customers with music assistant control. Integrating these protocols with DTS Play-Fi gives the RS200 a sophisticated set of streaming capabilities unmatched by our competitors.”