The WiSA Transmitter that was sent did not have any branding on it but we are going to guess it is identical to the LG Innotek (LGIT) WiSA Wireless Audio Tx Dongle. It is a USB flash drive that has the same specs as the SoundSend Audio Transmitter from the last review, but for the fact that this plugs directly into a USB port behind your TV rather than HDMI using ARC/eARC.
WiSA Ready TV’s such as our LG OLED C1 have a menu within that helps with setup and your speakers will be identified immediately if they hadn’t been associated to anything prior, as ours was to the SoundSend transmitter. We had to release them by holding the ‘Associate’ button for five seconds until a tone was heard and then again pressed the LED button on the WiSA Dongle for several seconds to associate the new dongle with the speakers.
A valuable lesson learned…. Specifications of the LG OLED75C1AUB specifically state WiSA “5.1” ready which meant just that. We weren’t going to be getting 7.1 or even Atmos 5.1.2 sound anytime soon on this TV as we had with the SoundSend Transmitter. That only took us a few hours of frustration to figure out and is typical of other ‘WiSA Ready’ TVs, so it seems.
The menu for the WiSA Dongle/flash drive within the TV itself pales in comparison to that of the App in place with the SoundSend receiver on your smartphone.
The TV menu for the WiSA Transmitter Dongle allows one to associate and place speakers and to even set a volume for each speaker. It does not have such things as Speaker Trim, Audio Mode along with the ability to add an optical (TOSLINK) cable, MyZone where you can set the distance of each speaker, as well as tonal management of your sound. This only works with the SoundSend receiver as it uses Bluetooth.
As much as we can speak to the difference of a SoundSend or Axiim in comparison to a WiSA Transmitter, availability of the SoundSend/Axiim Audio Transmitters (at least right now) is also much better than for the USB Transmitter shown here. If WiSA has a any links to purchase of the WiSA Transmitter on publishing, we would be more than happy to include these purchase links in this report.
Through comparison and consideration of what works best for our scenario, we have already reinstalled the SoundSend Transmitter with the Platin system in order to achieve that beautiful 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos movie theatre atmosphere. The ability to pass Dolby Atmos through the WiSA Transmitter was only affected through the lack of that feature in the TV, and not the lack of this feature on the WiSA Transmitter.
The beauty of having no speaker wires to fuss over… As for the WiSA Audio Transmitter and full capability of WiSA equipment to pass Dolby Atmos… Editor’s Choice.