We’ve seen a slew of wireless speakers lately. Some connect via WiFi or Bluetooth, while others use AirPlay. The hook on wireless speakers with DTS Play-Fi technology is that they can deliver whole-house audio using speakers from different manufacturers.
That said, you shouldn’t have to mix and match with Paradigm’s Premium Wireless Series. The company is kicking off the lineup with a pair of wireless speakers and a wireless amp. Each one features DTS Play-Fi, so you can stream high-resolution music wirelessly (up to 24-bit/192kHz) over WiFi to any compatible speakers in the house.
Besides being able to stream stored music and services, such as Tidal, Spotify, Rdio, Songza, and Pandora, each Premium Wireless Series product features Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology. This little perk uses DSP algorithms to tweak the speaker performance based on your specific room.
The PW 800 premium wireless speaker features two 1-inch S-PAL dome tweeters, a pair of 5-inch S-PAL woofers, and an Anthem Class-D Amplifier that boasts 460 watts of dynamic peak power (230W RMS). The PW 600 compact premium wireless speaker has the same tweeters, but cuts the number of woofers down to one. Also, the amp promises 400 watts of dynamic peak power (200W RMS).
And finally, the PW AMP is a wireless Class-D amplifer, which can stream high-res audio to existing traditional loudspeakers or in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, regardless of the brand. Boasting 2 x 200-watts dynamic peak power (or 2 x 100W RMS into 4 ohms), the unit includes RCA analog inputs, an Ethernet jack, a USB port, and left/right speaker terminals.
Each product can also be integrated into your existing control system—with a little help from Fusion Research’s Ovation Play-Fi server. It works major automation systems, with two-way drivers for Control4, RTI, URC and Crestron.
Paradigm will start selling the Premium Wireless Series sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015. The PW 800 Premium Wireless Speaker is priced at $799.99, with the PW 600 Premium Compact Wireless Speaker coming in at $599.99. The PW AMP Premium Wireless Amplifier will also be available, with an MSRP of $499.99.