Media server manufacturer Fusion Research announced on Tuesday that it has developed the “world’s first” multisource music server with DTS Play-Fi high definition, wireless technology built in. The new server will begin shipping after CEDIA Expo with two-way drivers for Control4, RTI, URC, and Creston all available by the end of the year, Fusion said in a statement. Additional drivers will be added in 2016.
With the new Play-Fi server, all DTS Play-Fi products and other home automation systems will be compatible with one another, with no additional hardware or integration required, Fusion explained.
“We were intrigued by the Play-Fi ecosystem’s reputation for delivering high quality wireless audio regardless of device, platform or brand and were really impressed with the partners that have chosen to work with DTS Play-Fi technology,” Fusion Research VP of Sales Ingo Schmoldt said in a statement. “With our new Play-Fi product, we essentially open up the custom channel for wireless speakers and amplifiers from all of these leading audio companies, with control drivers for most of the major automation companies.”
According to Fusion, the Play-Fi Server is a six source piece with two analog and one digital outputs, in addition to three independent Play-Fi outputs, and it’s designed to support 100 percent wireless Play-Fi environments as well as hybrid installations with a conventional wired distributed audio setup.
The Fusion Play-Fi Server will retail for $999 and will be available to dealers through distribution as well as through Play-Fi partners including Difinitive Technology, Martin Logan, and Paradigm, among others, Fusion said.