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What is DTS Play-Fi wireless audio?

Finally, a multi-room audio system for people who like to mix and match

Our headphone guy Jeff Miller has helped Crutchfield customers for over a decade. We often see him testing out new headphones — you'll find his firsthand take on many product pages. He also stays connected to the brave new world of voice control.

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Play-Fi multi-room setup

Place speakers from different brands throughout your house, and control them all with one app.

Want tunes flowing throughout your home, not spools of speaker wire?

There are lots of wireless whole-home music choices out there. But one gives you flexibility when choosing speakers for each room: DTS Play-Fi.

Mcintosh RS100

DTS Play-Fi lets you pick and choose speakers from top audio companies — and control them all with your phone (McIntosh RS100 speaker shown).

Mix and match speaker brands

Play-Fi lets you stream music room to room through a growing number of wireless speakers, sound bars, and components — and it isn't tied to a specific brand. Many of our favorite speaker brands are in on Play-Fi (see our list at the bottom). You can pick and choose products from any of them.

Toggle between your top-flight home theater speakers, a sweet-sounding sound bar in the family room, and a compact powered speaker in your kid’s room. Play-Fi takes care of the streaming technology — letting the speaker makers focus on producing great sound.

Polk Audio Omni S2
Listen to music in the bedroom on a Play-Fi speaker like the Polk Omni S2... 
Definitive Technology W7
... while the Definitive Technology W7 plays the same song, or a different one, in the kitchen.

Play-Fi works over your high-speed Internet connection and home Wi-Fi network. You'll need Play-Fi compatible wireless speakers or components, and a smartphone, tablet, or PC to control the system.

Play tunes and control speakers with your phone or tablet

You’ll also need the Play-Fi app. It’s a free download for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows devices. The app guides you through the simple setup process and allows you to control the speakers wirelessly.

Playfi app

Set up and control your multi-room system with the Play-Fi app.

The app lets you select songs and playlists from your music library. Or search through supported music services like Pandora®, TIDAL, SIRIUS XM, and various Internet radio stations. If you have a Spotify® premium account, you can also use Spotify Connect on Play-Fi speakers or components. 

Choose whether you want to hear the same song in a group of speakers or you want different songs in different speakers. You can also assign names to each speaker so you can easily identify them in the app.

Sound bar options — with a wireless surround sound solution

You'll find several sound bars among your choices of Play-Fi speakers. Two of those sound bars — the Polk Omni SB1 Plus and Definitive Technology W Studio Micro™ — support the "Play-Fi surround" feature. You can add two Play-Fi speakers and create a wireless 5.1 home theater system.  

Play-Fi gave us a demo of their wireless surround system using Def Tech speakers. We watched a chase scene from the latest Bourne movie. It sounded as solid as a wired 5.1 system — smooth transitions as sounds bounced back and forth or side to side. 

Clarence, Crutchfield Advisor

The Play-Fi app guides you through setup. The bar covers the front stage (left, center, and right), and each of these systems include a sub. A pair of wireless speakers (like two of the Def Tech W7 speakers) can be placed behind you and used as wireless surround speakers. 

The W Studio Micro

Play-Fi lets you pair Def Tech's W Studio Micro sound bar with two Def Tech W7 speakers for wireless surround sound.

A growing list of speaker options

There are several brands of Play-Fi speakers to choose from, with more on the way. Click on the links to explore the current products:

  • Justin Fontaine from Somers, Montana

    Posted on 6/1/2016

    confused as to whether the Play-fi can stream music to my wired regular NHT out door speakers that are hard wired to a new denon receiver or so the speakers have to be Play Fi wireless? Not clear from this article.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/6/2016

    Justin, we have Play-fi adapters that can connect to your Denon receiver. I've forwarded your question to one of our Advisors, who will be in touch with you soon to discuss your setup.

  • Hal from Chapel Hill, NC

    Posted on 8/4/2016

    Does Play-Fi only support specific music streaming services? Does in support Apple Music? Can it stream videos through Amazon Instant Video on iOS or other video services?

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/9/2016

    Hal, Play-Fi streams music, not video. Apple Music is not available on Play-Fi right now.

  • Joe Pop from Macomb

    Posted on 1/14/2017

    Will manufactures speakers that support Play-Fi work with Play-Fi's app, or do I have to use the manufacturer's app? If I mix speakers from different makers, I would like to use a single app to control them.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/17/2017

    Good news Joe -- You can use the DTS Play-Fi app to control any Play-Fi speaker from any manufacturer. That's how I do it whenever I'm trying out a new speaker.

  • Scott Weil from Chicago

    Posted on 2/25/2017

    I find Play-fi to be very unstable. The app is not able to hold a connection consistently, for more than 5 songs, with Klipsch RS 8 soundbar or Klipsch RW1 speakers. The app claims to support Apple Music Files, and these files can be played in a somewhat klugey way. Be advised that Apple iTune files are supported on iOS devices but not Mac OSX devices, which does not make much sense to me. Support for Play-fi has been very weak. Crutchfield has rightly referred me to Klipsch for support issues, and thus far Klipsch support for Klipsch Stream (Play-fi) is as klugey as the software. Currently have an open ticket with Klipsch without a response for two days. Beginning to think the investment I have made in Play-fi technology was a mistake. Fortunately, I can still return the items to Crutchfield if problems persist. I would love to be proven wrong and would be happy to write positive review if technology would work consistently.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/27/2017

    Hi Scott, Thanks for your feedback. You're correct that Play-Fi is not compatible with Mac computers. And while it works well with most 802.11n and 802.11ac routers, the software does not play well with some routers. DTS sent us this link of routers with known problems:

  • Jeff from Monee, IL

    Posted on 5/14/2017

    I'm having the same connectivity that was previously mentioned; the router does not support the PlayFi for more than four or five (if I'm lucky) songs!!! Also...I had my first home party and it totally bounced out and would not reconnect!!! I'm not sure if it's the routers, DTS or the speakers but right now I'm not getting any return for my investment!!!

  • Gary from Sydney, Australia

    Posted on 10/8/2017

    I have 20+ speakers including Polk omni sb1 plus sound bar and s6 speakers. I can tell you that the service is solid running on a modern Netgear r7000 router (5ghz network) Use your 2.4ghz network for mobiles, pc, tv boxes etc and 5ghz for the play fi speakers. This protocol is solid once the network is stable. 5ghz is key, as it rules out 90% of interference from neighbor WiFi networks.

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