Len Klie

Is Amazon on a Quest to Take Over the House?

Before long, it seems, Amazon’s Alexa Voice service will control everything in the house. It will become the one ring (or in this case, device) to rule them all.

DTS, a provider of high-definition audio solutions, is the latest company to begin working with Amazon to bring the Alexa service to its ecosystem, incorporating the technology into its DTS Play-Fi whole-home wireless ecosystem. Beginning next year, listeners will be able to use an Alexa-enabled device, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Amazon Fire TV, to play and control music on one or more DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers in the home, regardless of brand.

Additionally, DTS is working with Play-Fi partners to bring far-field Alexa capabilities to DTS Play-Fi speakers through the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). These new devices include a set of far-field microphones built seamlessly into the DTS Play-Fi speaker system, enabling customers to use the Alexa voice service and advanced far-field microphone technology to control a variety of devices in their home with just their voice.

The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem features more than 30 interoperable speakers, soundbars, and receivers from the top names in premium audio, many of the most popular music services, thousands of Internet radio stations, as well as personal music libraries on any supported product.

“Alexa has delighted customers with its ease-of-use, depth of skills, and broad support of connected consumer devices,” said Dannie Lau, Play-Fi division general manager at DTS, in a statement. “Adding the Alexa service to the Play-Fi ecosystem delivers a new level of functionality and convenience for DTS Play-Fi users. This collaboration further demonstrates our continual commitment to delivering next-level entertainment experiences with DTS Play-Fi technology.”

“We’re excited to bring Alexa to DTS Play-Fi customers next year,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, in a statement. “Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa-enabled devices, so it’s very important that we’re able to offer multiple high-quality home audio choices for our Alexa customers. Working with DTS Play-Fi technology to expand Alexa-enabled home audio is doing just that—plus it’s being done in a unique, delightful way through a combination of far-field hardware and Alexa software. We’re thrilled to work with DTS Play-Fi technology to bring these products to customers in 2017.”