With CES 2019 just around the corner and a host of new TV introductions slated to occur, Summit Wireless Technologies—a founding member of the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA)—announced a global collaboration with LG Electronics. With the collaboration, LG will leverage Summit technology and the WiSA Certification to make their 2019 line of OLED and UHD LCD TVs WiSA Ready and compatible with WiSA USB Transmitters, to go along with a range of certified speakers and other wireless home theater A/V components.
The collaboration is expected to span nine new series of TVs that LG will unveil at CES 2019, the companies explained in a press release. By integrating Summit’s technology into their TVs, LG enables consumers to seamlessly sync hi-fidelity sound through a range of compliant audio components—from brands like Klipsch, Bang & Olufsen, Axiim, and Enclave Audio—with LG’s famously strong video technology.
“Intelligent TVs are the centerpiece of today’s next generation home entertainment systems and audio is essential to the overall experience,” Tim Alessi, senior director, product marketing at LG Electronics, said in the statement. “With WiSA Ready displays, we recognize the tremendous benefits that consumers will enjoy in taking advantage of truly immersive, wireless sound that complements all kinds of big screen home entertainment from movies and video to games, esports, and more.”
Summit explained that the full range of their WiSA-certified technology will allow for up to eight channels of uncompressed 24-bit audio that’s capable of supporting the most up-to-date decoding formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. And, with the support of Summit’s network performance, latency is at a near non-existence—5ms, which is up to 20 times better than standard Bluetooth and WiFi technologies, the company explained.
“LG is a brand synonymous with leadership, innovation and quality, and together we are championing the WiSA industry standard, which delivers wireless, immersive hi-fidelity sound capabilities with tremendous benefits to both manufacturers and consumers worldwide,” Brett Moyer, president and CEO of Summit Wireless Technologies, said in the statement. “WiSA Ready LG TVs are an integral part of our delivering next generation audio to a mass, global market with seamless compatibilities and ease of setup.”
Both WiSA and LG Electronics will have their respective technologies on display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in January.