Fireconnect by Blackfire is here! How to update your Pioneer or Onkyo Receiver for Wireless Multiroom Sound

Fireconnect by Blackfire is here! How to update your Pioneer or Onkyo Receiver for Wireless Multiroom Sound

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This past February and March, Onkyo rolled out a new set of firmware updates for select A/V and hi-fi components and systems initializing Blackfire’s FireConnect wireless multi-room audio distribution. (Yay!) So, if you’ve bought – or plan on buying – any FireConnect by Blackfire enabled receiver, this firmware update will allow you to create your dream wireless, multi-room music system. New wireless speakers have been announced by both brands, and these (and other new features) will be supported by FireConnect in the near future.

Here are the Onkyo models that can receive the FireConnect firmware update:

PR-RZ5100, TX-RZ3100, TX-RZ1100, TX-RZ810, TX-RZ710, TX-NR656, TX-NR555, HT-S7805, TX-L50, TX-L20D, LS7200, LS5200, R-N855, NS-6170, and NS-6130.

And the latest Pioneer firmware update will activate FireConnect on these Pioneer models:

  • Multichannel-Receiver: SC-LX901, SC-LX801, SC-LX701, SC-LX501, VSX-1131, VSX-831, VSX-S520D and VSX-S520
  • Stereo-Receiver: SX-S30DAB
  • Networkplayer N-30AE
  • Network-Centre NC-50DAB
  • HiFi Micro-Systems XC-HM86D, X-HM86D, X-HM76D and X-HM76

 

We decided to try out the firmware update at the Blackfire Research office in San Francisco and document the process. We used an Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Receiver and overall, the update took less than 10 minutes. Check out the numbered steps and photos below:

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Dynamic Stream Balancing (DSB) gets more HiFi through your WiFi

Dynamic Stream Balancing (DSB) gets more HiFi through your WiFi

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Back in November, we took an in-depth look at Traffic Independent Synchronization (TIS), a Blackfire Research technology which allows precise syncing of your wireless speakers. And last week, we discussed Real-Time Packet Management (RPM), a technology for streaming music to your speakers without excessive buffering. Today, we’re finishing off the series with Dynamic Stream Balancing (DSB).

Dynamic Stream Balancing (DSB) is the way Blackfire makes the best use of the available WiFi bandwidth. If you have a wireless, multi-speaker system that uses conventional WiFi protocols, chances are that some speakers will be more affected than others by interference and heavy network traffic, which causes your music to break up and for speakers to go out of sync.

DSB monitors a special multipoint, real-time feedback signal from each speaker to identify the effect of noise on the audio data stream. By precisely identifying which packets are statistically most likely to be affected, DSB can then use the available WiFi bandwidth to selectively and predictively resend data just to the most vulnerable speaker before interference can cause any audible drop out. So less data is needed in the buffer, which means delays in the audio stream are reduced from 10’s of seconds to 10’s of milliseconds.

This is especially helpful when using a wireless surround sound system to watch video. With DSB, your Blackfire wireless system has minimal lag between the video on your screen and audio through your speakers. HD Audio in up to 24-bit/192kHz Studio Quality and even HD Video can be streamed to any device from any room, losslessly.

DSB, as well as TIS and RPM, is embedded into all Blackfire enabled products. Together, these technologies create FCP: Firecast Protocol – Blackfire’s solution to streaming music and video over your regular WiFi network, flawlessly.

Want to hear the difference for yourself? Firecast is found in all Blackfire enabled products, including The Harman/Kardon Omni Series and Pioneer MRX Series. Happy listening!

Powered by Blackfire: The HTC One M9

Powered by Blackfire: The HTC One M9

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Blackfire Research is proud to partner with leading smart phone and electronics manufacturer HTC, for their award winning,  HTC One M9 smartphone. Blackfire Research technology is featured in the smartphone’s HTC Connect service, which allows users to “wirelessly stream music or video from HTC One M9 to speakers or TV by just swiping up the screen with 3 fingers.” (HTC.com)

With HTC Connect, you can stream media wirelessly from your phone to any Blackfire powered product, from leading brands such as the HARMAN KARDON™ Omni series of speakers. Once connected, the audio and music from the HTC smartphone is routed to these products, much like Bluetooth. However, unlike Bluetooth, Blackfire technology enables much longer range, improved resolution, superior sound quality, and multi room play.

Blackfire powered products can be used in various multi room or in-room configurations. They can also be grouped into various zones, selected for playback at will, and be shared by multiple phones. Therefore, the user can enjoy music from the HTC One to a HARMAN KARDON OMNI 20 Speaker in the kitchen and simultaneously send it to a HARMAN KARDON Adapt plugged into their stereo system – all playing simultaneously, in high quality, over the home Wi-Fi. Blackfire technology is compliant with any online music/media service applications on the HTC One M9, which allows HTC One users maximum flexibility in enjoying their music and makes the HTC One a powerful media platform.

The HTC One M9 is carried by AT&T and Sprint. For more information, visit http://www.htc.com/us/.

Featured Music Friday: Awaken, My Love!

Featured Music Friday: Awaken, My Love!

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Multitalented comedian, actor, writer, and musician, Donald Glover, is back with his third studio album as Childish Gambino. In “Awaken, My Love!” Glover abandons his “Because The Internet” rap persona that gave him two grammy nominations in 2013, and instead, experiments in new-wave soul and funk. Not only does Glover create an entirely new sound for his latest album, he has also created an entirely new format on which to experience his music. Glover recently announced that “Awaken, My Love!” will be available on “virtual reality vinyl” sometime in 2017.

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