Phorus PR1 Receiver

Add wireless music playback to your existing home audio system

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Enjoy wireless music from any audio system

If your current music setup sounds pretty great, but you want the ability to play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet, the Phorus PR1 can help. First, hook it up to a receiver or powered speaker system — both a mini-to-mini cable and a mini-to-RCA cable are included. Then, using a Wi-Fi® connection to your home network, you can wirelessly stream the music stored on your phone or DLNA server thanks to a technology called Play-Fi®. The rear USB port, in addition to being a phone charger, can also connect a USB-to-Ethernet adapter for a wired connection to your network. The PR1 is also Bluetooth®-ready, giving you another useful wireless streaming option.

High-quality Play-Fi wireless streaming

Download the free Phorus Play-Fi app to your smartphone or tablet and you're ready to use the PR1. While Play-Fi was originally created as a technology for Android™, it is now also available on iOS® devices. Play-Fi lets you stream high-quality audio from your phone or tablet, including lossless files, over your network connection. The PR1 is DLNA-certified, so you can use your DLNA-compatible Android smartphone, tablet, Windows® PC, or other compatible components on your network. And you're not limited to just what's stored on your devices — stream from online music services like Pandora®, Internet radio stations, and more.

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The PR1 connects to your home network via Wi-Fi, allowing you to play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet (including Android) on your existing audio setup.

An easy step into multi-room audio

With Play-Fi, you can create a simple yet flexible multi-room audio system. Want to add a second Phorus device? Just choose "Add Play-Fi Device" from the main menu of the Phorus app and you're there. Instantly you have a second zone to control within the app, and you're filling your home with music. Family members or friends can use their own devices to play music through one or more of the PR1s or Phorus PS1 powered speakers in your home network. Since Play-Fi works on your home network, as long as you are within range of your router, you don't have to hover close to the PR1 while the music plays.

Built-in Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay®

The PS1 has built-in Bluetooth, which means you can listen to the sound from virtually any mobile app, including soundtracks from movie or video apps. It's also AirPlay-compatible, so you can wirelessly stream from your iPhone®, iPod touch®, or iPad®. AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your laptop or desktop computer's iTunes® library too. With both AirPlay and Bluetooth, a guest can quickly pair up their own mobile device and share their music.

Product Highlights:

  • receives music wirelessly from compatible devices for playback on your audio component or system
  • Play-Fi® lets you stream music via Wi-Fi from your Android or i0S smartphone or tablet
  • built-in Bluetooth
  • Apple® AirPlay® lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, or computer
  • free, downloadable app for Android, iOS, and Windows
  • compatible with Android 2.2 and later
  • stereo minijack audio output
  • rear USB port for charging and for a USB-to-Ethernet connection
  • USB-A-to-USB micro cable included
  • mini-to-RCA Y-adapter cable included
  • 6' stereo mini-to-mini cable included
  • 802.11g/n Wi-Fi router required for multi-room streaming
  • 802.11b Wi-Fi router can stream to one Play-Fi device
  • 8-5/16"W x 1-1/4"H x 6-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Play-FI receiver
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 57" DC cord)
  • 6' Stereo minijack cable
  • 39" Stereo minijack-to-RCA Y-adapter
  • 15" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Federal Communications Commission Interference Statement

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Features

Overview: The Phorus PR1 Play-Fi Receiver allows you to wirelessly stream music with lossless audio quality from your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet or Windows computer/laptop to an existing sound system through your home's WiFi network. Using WiFi, the Play-Fi Receiver links to your smartphone device or PC with the free Play-Fi App installed, and outputs music directly to your home audio system through its analog output. It also supports Bluetooth-enabled devices, as well as Airplay for Windows PC and Mac computer.

WiFi Certified: The Phorus Play-Fi Receiver features built-in WiFi and connects to your home's existing wireless network router. Your router should be WiFi certified (802.11 b/g/n). For good performance use a router with 802.11g. For best performance use a router with 802.11n technology.

Note: There are two methods for connecting the Play-Fi Receiver to your home network. You can perform the Standard Wi-Fi Setup via the Play-Fi App on your smartphone or WPS on the receiver. The Standard Wi- Fi Setup lets you set up multiple Play-Fi Devices (Speakers and/or Receivers) at once. WPS is very easy to perform, but only lets you set up one Play-Fi device at a time.

DTS Play-Fi Wireless Technology + Wolfson DAC: The Phorus PR1 employs DTS Play-Fi Wireless Technology and a premium Wolfson DAC for wireless sound that is reliable and high-quality. The receiver supports music formats such as MP3, AAC, FLAC, and WAV; up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound).

Play-Fi App: The Play-Fi App for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows automatically indexes your music library, and offers integrated support for select streaming music services with crystal-clear lossless audio quality. The app offers built-in streaming options like Pandora, Internet radio, DLNA servers, or play anything from your smartphone's music library; including your playlists.

  • Android Play-Fi App: The Play-Fi app for Android requires an Android smartphone with OS 2.2 or above.
  • Apple iOS Play-Fi App: The Play-Fi app for Apple iOS requires an Apple iOS device with iOS 6.0 or better.
  • Windows Play-Fi App: The Play-Fi app for Windows requires a Windows PC with Windows 7 or 8 (32-/64-bit). There is also an upgraded Play-Fi HD version of the app available for purchase, which provides even better wireless sound quality.

AirPlay for Mac or PC: AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your iTunes library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Play-Fi Receiver over your home's wireless network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote App onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the Play-Fi Receiver or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac computer or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3 or later installed, along with the free Remote App installed.

Bluetooth A2DP: In addition to WiFi and AirPlay, the Play-Fi Receiver also supports wireless audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled audio devices. Using Bluetooth A2DP, any application on the Bluetooth device, including cloud-based libraries, Internet radio, and other music services can be streamed to the Play-Fi Receiver.

Analog Output: The Phorus PR1 is fitted with a stereo minijack (3.5) analog output to connect the unit to your home audio system, like a home receiver or powered speakers. A 6' stereo minijack cable is provided. A 39" stereo minijack-to-RCA Y-adapter is also included.

Multi-Room Capable: Add more PR1 Receivers and/or multiple PS1 Speakers, and hear music throughout your home or office with perfect synchronization. Stream the same audio to each Play-Fi device or stream different audio to each room for a true multi-room/multi-source experience. You'll get independent volume control of each Play-Fi component from the Phorus Play-Fi app on your Apple iOS/Android smartphone or Windows PC.

USB Charging Port: The PR1 is also capable of recharging the battery of your smartphone or tablet device through the receiver's rear-panel USB (type-A) port. This USB port does not support audio playback.

AC Power: The Phorus Play-Fi Receiver operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 0.65A
  • Output: 12V - 2A

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