WiSA today announced the WiSA SoundSend Certified program, a new certification initiative developed to ensure seamless connectivity and interoperability with the WiSA SoundSend wireless audio transmitter. The program was developed by the Association to work with TV manufacturers, and the first on board is Toshiba’s REGZA TV.
Other smart TVs can earn this certification status as well once they undergo a series of tests to ensure perfect connectivity with SoundSend. This includes testing all audio connection and control requirements between the SoundSend and the smart TV.
“Now more than ever, smart TVs are at the center of the home cinema and continue to deliver more and better immersive content,” says WiSA President, Tony Ostrom. “WiSA is helping its TV manufacturing members across the globe easily acquire this standout certification as they’re witnessing SoundSend prove to be an integral part of seamless, wireless home cinema while allowing connection to incredible speaker solutions from a large and growing roster of WiSA members.”
WiSA’s SoundSend audio transmitter launched in November 2020 as the Association’s first branded product ever to hit the market. The SoundSend is an HDMI (or optical)-connected transmitter designed to make wireless multichannel audio accessible in minutes from nearly every smart TV.
“WiSA continues to pave the way for the emerging wireless audio category and -TVS REGZA Corp. is excited to be the first TV brand to receive WiSA SoundSend Certification on several new 2021 models,” says Yasuhiro Ishibashi, Director of TVS REGZA R&D Center. “Facilitating a simple way to surround our TVs with great audio that perfectly blends with the high-performance video we deliver will certainly and dramatically increase the entertainment delivered to our customers.”
The SoundSend mobile app has been adapted to the Android TV operating system for Toshiba TV “REGZA.” Updates include advanced features that truly customize the listening experience and offer easy set-up and tuning for daily operation. SoundSend is projected to open up the WiSA speaker market to an estimated 1 billion+ TVs by the end of 2021.
The SoundSend has received several awards since its launch, including one of our own Dealerscope IMPACT Awards. WISA SoundSend easily connects to smart TVs via HDMI ARC/eARC and utilizes WiSA wireless audio technology to allow immersive home cinema audio systems to be set up and connected quickly and easily. SoundSend decodes audio up to Dolby Atmos in TrueHD and sends it wirelessly through a low latency, tightly synchronized high definition, wireless connection to any WiSA Certified Speakers from WiSA member brands.
Jessica is the Chief Digital Editor for CT Lab Global Media, the North American platform for IFA Berlin.