Wharfedale's new Opal home theatre package gets wireless WiSA certification

Opal Wireless Home Theater Speaker System gains WiSA accreditation
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Wharfedale's Opal Wireless Home Theater Speaker System, which launched last month, has earned accreditation for WiSA HT interoperability.

The WiSA HT standard delivers up to eight channels of wireless audio, and to obtain the accreditation, audio products must follow strict protocols for latency, synchronisation and compatibility. This means that approved systems such as Wharfedale's Opal can send and receive audio at 24-bit/48kHz or 24-bit/96kHz sample rates with 5.2ms or 2.6ms of latency, respectively – all without connecting to a wi-fi network.

The certification also ensures connectivity with other WiSA HT products, irrespective of the manufacturer.

The Opal Wireless Home Theatre surround system, which features touch controls and decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital TrueHD, retails at $4200 (around £3356, AU$5886).

At the moment, it's sold exclusively in mainland China but fingers crossed Opal makes its way over to our shores in the near future.


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Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre. Her mixing credits include productions at The National Theatre and in the West End, as well as original musicals composed by Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, Guy Chambers, Howard Goodall and Dan Gillespie Sells.