Media Relations for a Connected World
How to create a multi-source, multi-speaker home audio player using WiFi
When talking about audio, we usually think about a speaker stereo system or a set of stereo headsets. In these cases, music is playing in a single room or close to the device hosting the music.
What happens if we need to have different music to every room in the house? With the development of the handheld devices (like smartphones and tablets), there is a need for flexible and high quality sound anywhere in the house (or in the building) and to any speaker or headset available.
How can we have music coming from different sources (smartphone, PC, stereo system/home theatre, etc.) and direct it dynamically to a speaker, to headset or use two active speakers to create a Wi-Fi stereo audio system?
Currently, traditional speakers with cables do not provide the solution to this problem. It is not possible to send music to speakers without using the audio system that drives them through cables. Even most modern Wireless Speakers Systems are not a real solution as most of them provide a Wireless Speaker Connection as cable replacement.
Instead, by utilizing Wi-Fi as the communications medium, and by using the WiSmart platform and extending the capabilities with the necessary audio codec subsystem, it is possible to develop a solution capable of transferring music between any potential source (smartphone, PC, tablet, etc.), to any active speaker or headset in the home.
For existing Active Speakers, a single WiSmart device (WiSAudio) can be used to receive the stream, decode it and drive two speakers connected to it with wires, thus creating a stereo set of speakers that can deliver excellent sound quality and is able to receive the music stream from any compatible source.