When wireless technology first emerged, it presented a promising look into where gadgets and equipment could go in the future. However, when it came to sound production, it initially failed to impress many audiophiles. At the time, wireless stereos were incapable of reproducing the rich sound their wired counterparts could emit.
Believing in the potential of wireless technology, the WiSA Association’s founders came together with a mission to develop wireless audio solutions that could rival wired setups. Fast forward to today and the world of wireless audio has completely changed. Thanks to WiSA Ready and WiSA Certified technology, wireless speakers are able to bring the immersive sound audiophiles crave. But what does WiSA Ready and WiSA Certified mean and how do they differ?
Before we go into the specifics of these two terms, let’s first explain the basics of WiSA and the WiSA Association. Understanding what WiSA is and what it does should make it easier to grasp the concept of this technology.
Short for wireless speaker and audio, WiSA is a type of wireless technology. It’s used to create a standard for delivering high-resolution digital audio wirelessly from a source device. What makes WiSA special is its high degree of reliability, low latency, interoperability, and quality of sound. It is even able to be used with premium sound solutions, like Dolby Atmos.
As you may have guessed, WiSA technology was developed by the WiSA Association, an international trade organization consisting of audiophiles, gadget lovers, musicians, and more. This association is committed to not only bringing robust audio to your home theater, but also simplifying entertainment centers by eliminating cables. The WiSA Association works with affiliated manufacturers around the world to establish this standard across the industry.
WiSA doesn’t just apply to speakers, however. This technology can be used with other devices that deal with audio including audio and video receivers, TVs, projectors, and even game consoles. In addition, there are also USB transmitters that take advantage of this solution.
There are plenty of reasons why a consumer would want to use WiSA products, but the biggest advantage is it frees you from having to deal with ugly cables. No one wants a mess of cables ruining the look of their entertainment room. Other benefits include:
- Plug and Play: Every WiSA Certified component is engineered to work together seamlessly. All you have to do is plug the device into a power source and enjoy.
- Compatibility: WiSA Certified speakers and components can work with any audio setup.
- Device Variety: WiSA can be integrated into a variety of hardware like virtual reality headsets, TVs, and A/V receivers.
WiSA Ready is a certification that manufacturers apply for. To achieve WiSA Ready certification, the manufacturer’s technology must be compatible with a WiSA USB host device. These host devices have elements of a user interface and enable the device to exchange or use information from WiSA Certified hardware.
To make it a little less technical, here’s an example. In order to use WiSA, you need WiSA-enabled technology. A normal TV is not WiSA Ready because it lacks the software and receiver. However, you can connect a WiSA transmitter that has everything you need built in so your TV can use WiSA.
A WiSA Ready TV, on the other hand, has the software already installed. However, the TV still requires a transmitter before it can recognize WiSA Certified speakers. Any technology that is WiSA Ready has the WiSA Ready logo.
When something is WiSA Certified, it is a standalone device that doesn’t require an external connection to meet the WiSA requirements. Going back to the TV example, a TV that is WiSA Certified has both the software and receiver built in. Meaning there’s no need to plug in a transmitter. Like WiSA Ready devices, all WiSA Certified devices have a logo.
The WiSA Association is dedicated to creating incredible home entertainment experiences that don’t rely on cables and simplifies the set up process. We work with over 60 leading manufacturers to ensure you get the most out of your wireless experience.
Our list of WiSA Member products are growing by the day.