July 4

Phase 2 iWA: Lossless wireless audio

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project iWA by CME

Low latency wireless audio is getting real.

After more than 1,000 people have registered for the crowd creation process, the first phase of project iWA has been successfully completed. It is time for wireless audio by CME.

Many of you took the time to provide feedback and share your ideas through the first blog post. It has already been very helpful and has sparked a lot of discussion about the next step of this project.

Now it's time to enter the next phase and make project iWA more real for you. Feel welcome to share your thoughts, invite your friends and activate your community.

Help us build the technology you want!

Wireless Speaker: First design concept!

First of all, we would like to know what you think of this look. Keep in mind that this is just a concept. It is certainly not (yet) the final product.

The speaker is designed to be super portable with power supply via AC power and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. For reference, an iPad is added to show the portable size of the speaker with dimensions in mm of 243 (L) x 172 (H) x150 (W).

How does it feel to you? Is this the right direction? Or not?

Portable wireless audio speaker with iPad

Separate transmitter/receiver (TX/RX)

Many of you have pointed out that you prefer to keep using your own speaker system for making music. There is no immediate need to replace your monitors. At the same time, that doesn't take away from your need for low-latency wireless audio.

We heard you about that.

As mentioned in the first blog, our idea is to implement an alternative wireless technology to the currently widely used Bluetooth technology.

This alternative technology is needed to deliver ultra-low latency 24-bit/48kHz wireless audio in stereo, without compression, with long battery life and accessible prices.

Due to your request for a TX/RX solution, we have split the project into two parts. Basically, one speaker and separate audio transmission adapters.

  • CME speaker with latest Bluetooth 5 LE Audio and expandable iWA receiver
  • iWA TX/RX ultra-low latency adapter

This allows you to use iWA technology when needed and easily play your favorite music from your mobile device with the convenience of Bluetooth.

iWA ultra-low latency wireless audio

As with WIDI, the goal of CME is to provide you with a new technology that is as widely applicable as possible. Following the input received from the community, the specifications can be best described as follows:

  • Wireless technology: iWA ultra-low latency
  • Audio latency: less than 5ms
  • Audio quality: 24-bit / 48kHz, stereo, uncompressed
  • Continuous playing time: 24+ hours

When you use the iWA adapter(s) with the CME speaker, you can run backing tracks while playing live and take advantage of low latency audio while practicing or producing.

Next goal is 3,000 registrants

Now that phase 2 of project iWA has been announced, it is also time to set the stretch target.

Feel free to share the post and participate in the project, it will be economically feasible to open for presale when there are 3,000 active registrations.

It is very important to understand that we need your support in this. As of the publishing date of this blog, there were 1,000 active supporters. If you all invite one friend, and that friend does the same, we'll be over that goal immediately.

Together we make it happen.


Tags

crowd creation, iWA, wireless audio


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  • Congratulations for the achivement.

    I think perhaps might be buying those little loudspeakers you show today provided the specifications are really , really good.
    But…
    But I am not very much interested as currently my systems are truly astounding and getting anything better would mean tens of thousands of dollars.
    But…
    As a keyboardist I am truly happy knowing you are developing the Tx/Rx dongle. In addition to my needs I will buy very many dongles as Christmas presents for my family and friends, provided they are not leaving their old systems behind after going Bluetooth. I would have done the very same with WIDI Master but MIDI is quite another thing…

    Hurry; oh please !!!!

    • Thank you very much for your support! We will collect more suggestions and try to add the most common request into the first model, then we will keep iterate continuously.

  • A case that is particularly important to me: I play a Roland Aerophone, which has a 1/4-inch TRS stereo output. At the moment I am using a Boss WL-20L Bluetooth audio transmitter/receiver pair, which work beautifully–EXCEPT that it is mono only. I really, really want something that I can plug into my Aerophone without any dangling wires or other devices, and will transmit STEREO audio with latency as low as the WL-20L (which is excellent).

  • I really like the idea of the powered monitors with iwa, the obvious question for me to your crew of engineers is how to implement the protocol on studio audiophile quality headphones for music production and audio engineering and djing, performance, the whole gammut!
    Hell, I’d be willing to jump on the campaign and become an affiliate marketer and sales manager! If they’re not shit, of course! šŸ˜

    • To integrate it into headphones is just the same as integrating it into speakers. It requires a digital to analog conversion. This is the idea of the TX/RX solution. When the project progresses, we are always open to affiliate marketing solutions šŸ˜‰

  • I am only interested in Tx/Rx iWA dongles, as all audio in my home studio goes through my hifi amplifier and monitor speakers, which are good enough for my 64-year-old ears. What kind of price and performance are you envisaging? Are there any comparable systems already on the market in a similar price range?

    • At this stage we are the only that publicly talk about iWA as a new technology. As it is a new tech, there is no reference at this stage. One of our targets is to make it accessible. This way we differentiate from other expensive solutions in the market. What the exact price point will be is too uncertain at this stage.

  • Hi. Low-latency lossless audio tech for in-ear monitoring would be absolutely fantastic for music production and gaming.

    A battery-powered receiver-transmitter module for lossless wireless audio could be extremely helpful IF the latency is below, say, 10ms or so. It would also need to have a decent headphone amp or the ability to connect to one in a high-quality way.

    I envision basically a very low-latency version of the Qudelix 5K. That product has a high quality headphone amp and DAC, plus a headset mic input and lots of DSP options. Latency would need to be below 10ms for it to be even on the table for me. But if it were, Iā€™d instantly preorder a wireless, portable, lossless TX/RX module.

    Iā€™d happily pay more for an XLR mic input with either equally low-latency performance or at the very least with hardware no-latency monitoring functions on the device.

  • I think the speakers should be separate channels with the ability to pair and be placed wherever comfortable for stereo image

  • I would prefer 2 stereo (battery) monitors for a a good wireless keyboard/mpc setup. Something like the minirig speakers is my preferred design, though more forward facing – sitting on a desk behind my keyboard pointing at me.

    Failing that, the tx/rx option is great. Would definitely buy this as I have already wasted much money on poor performing ‘solutions’.

    My goal – as much wireless as possible, no cables! Apart from charging of course.

    • The challenge with the stereo setup with 2 speakers is that the signal needs to be splitted. Meaning it will need 1 transmitter and a double receiver. This is possible, only it will be more expensive as everything needs to be done twice in each speaker.

  • For the tx/rx – if you can make it stereo, something that plugs into 1/4″ jacks without dangling down too much that would be great. Would like it to fit flush just like your WIDI master that I own.

    • Stereo is the main purpose. How the TX/RX will exactly look is a process. I can imagine we start with one, and expand upon request to different plugs. Just like with WIDI.

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