Send Audio with SKAA
SKAA is brand new tech — honest and for true! Have you ever wondered why the giga-whopper-ultra-hi-tech wireless that’s already built into your notebook and smart phone—let’s call a spade a spade—sucks so badly at wireless audio? I mean limited functionality, lacklustre sound, tough to set up, poor range, dropouts, massive delay … and the list goes on. The reason is simple. Those giga-whoppers were never originally designed to do wireless audio. They have been adapted to do it over the years. Much like—if you really wanted to—you could adapt one of those gigantor Fort McMurray oil sands trucks—you know, the ones that Al Gore dislikes so much—to serve you in your soccer mom capacity. But let’s be honest, wouldn’t a Volvo be better? After all, the Volvo was designed from the ground up for soccer moms. It’s speedier, nimbler, gets WAY better gas mileage and it’s the safest car on the road. Yes, that gigantor truck could crash right into your Volvo on the highway and all those kids and sliced oranges in the back would be just hunky dunky. See, the d-word is actually a good thing because it enables truly innovative, brand new technologies like SKAA to get started. Think of our transmitters as handsome, hardware incarnations of exactly what the audio doctor ordered—designed from the ground up to do just this one thing, extremely well. They’re the Volvos of wireless audio!
Because SKAA is not adapted from some older tech that was designed to do something else, we didn’t need to compromise. Instead we sweated every detail — staying focused on the things that are really important to you. Like ease of setup, reliable connection, great range, audio quality, streaming to multiple speakers. We also figured that when you spend your hard-earned cash on a new speaker that you’ll want it to work with YOUR favourite app, not just the speaker brand’s favourite app. All of this brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood … SKAA transmitter! [insert super-hero theme music here]
Shareable. One of the coolest audio-sharing experiences ever: your friend is visiting and she's completely stoked about the latest “awesome” group she’s discovered on—what was it again … not Spotify, not Pandora—but that brand new music service. Right then, you pull your transmitter out of your phone and hand it to her. She plugs it in and presses play — because our transmitters work with zero software, she installs nothing and you’re listening to her new band in about 10 seconds! Mind blowing.
Send Audio with SKAA
There are two sides to SKAA. No —not a dark side and a light side! A transmit side and a receive side.
The transmit side throws your audio —using a transmitter (which you plug into your phone, tablet, notebook, and so on). The receive side catches your audio —using a SKAA receiver chip which is built right into SKAA speakers, headphones, amplifier boxes, and so on.
SKAA transmitters are little doodads which let you send that audio of yours to SKAA speakers and headphones.
No matter what flavour of audio device you have, odds are we’ve got the perfect transmitter for you. Check out all of these ways you can send audio with SKAA
Dani Pro Transmitter
SKAA / SKAA Pro dual-mode transmitter featuring two balanced analog audio inputs and Burr-Brown input buffers and converters
Designed specifically for sending audio wirelessly from pro audio gear to SKAA speakers, SKAA headphones, and other SKAA receivers
Ideal for wirelessly connecting your analog or digital live sound mixer to front-of-house speakers, floor wedges, and headphones
Ursula is a SKAA transmitter for your computer and it works driver-free. Your computer lets you route audio to Ursula instead of your built-in computer speakers.
Diz for iPhone
Diz works with all iPhones, iPads and iPods with a Lightning connector running iOS 7 or later.
Cassandra is designed to work driver-free with Type C sources which can output digital audio over USB. Phones, tablets and notebooks are just the beginning.
Akiko 3.5 Analog
Akiko is the most general-purpose SKAA transmitter. Akiko takes in ordinary, analog audio — the everyday stereo stuff that comes pouring out of a headphone jack or those red & white RCA jacks
Talisa Toslink and Coax S/PDIF
Talisa is a transmitter for TV. Talisa connects to a digital audio output, common on TVs, called S/PDIF. S/PDIF output also shows up on gear other than TVs.
Gemma Micro USB
Gemma works with virtually all Android phones and tablets with a micro USB port.
Nadja Enables Bluetooth sources to feed SKAA audio networks
Nadja = Networked Bluetooth. Read on to learn about the bitchinest pimped-out Bluetooth available in this solar system.
Without a doubt, Nadja is the weirdest SKAA transmitter
First, Nadja is a chip technology that’s built right into a speaker —unlike the other SKAA transmitters, Nadja’s not a separate thingamabobber you can hold in your hand. Second, Nadja speakers accept Bluetooth wireless audio. Third—and this is a doozy—Nadja will send that Bluetooth audio to 4 more speakers —for a grand total of 5. Cool, huh? We call this feature Relay.
The Nadja speaker doing that Relay thang is called the Hub
The other 4 speakers are called Satellites. The Hub and up to 4 Satellites are collectively called a Nadja cell. What’s really cool is that the Satellites can be absolutely any SKAA receiver (any SKAA headphone, speaker, receive box and so forth). You heard right, of the 5, only the Hub needs the special Nadja chip; the Satellites only need ordinary SKAA receiver chips.
A speaker with the Nadja chip inside can be either a Hub or a Satellite
The mode is up to you. When you set it to be a Satellite, it becomes a stock SKAA receiver —and therefore it can accept SKAA audio from a Nadja Hub speaker, or, any other SKAA transmitter. Nifty.
Bluetooth is not the only way you can feed audio into a Nadja cell. Just plug an AUX cable into the Hub and feed up to 5 speakers from your AUX audio source.
Let me further illustrate this important point. Take, for example, the Nadja-equipped Ryobi Score Speakers shown above. The Ryobi Score Hub can actually be fed audio in 3 different ways: Bluetooth, AUX and even via its very own built-in FM Tuner. The Ryobi Score Hub Speaker plays that audio itself and also Relays it to another 4 Satellites in its network giving you a grand total of 5 speakers playing the same thing. Yup ... it's smokin' good. You know, it's fine if you want to duck out and run to The Home Depot to pick some up ... you can finish reading this later.
Nadja works perfectly with the Bluetooth that’s in your phone, regardless of what brand and model you have —it doesn’t need your phone to have any particular Bluetooth add-ons.
Nadja works with zero software.
Nadja cares neither if there's Wi-Fi around, nor if your circumstances have blessed you with the password. Nadja will still do its job, because it doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi.
- Nadja surgically corrects the latency on the Hub speaker, ensuring that audio emanates from the Hub and all four Satellites precisely synchronized. That’s right, our small army of alpha nerds sweat every detail.
- When Nadja receives a Bluetooth audio stream and then relays it via SKAA, the audio stays in digital form throughout the whole process. Nope, we don’t cheat by using analog, even though that would have been sooooooo much easier. The result: Nadja has the best possible audio quality. The alpha nerds strike again.
- Nadja accepts audio from any Bluetooth device which supports transmission of stereo audio —that is, which implements the Bluetooth A2DP profile.
Run up to five Nadja cells in your house at the same time. That’s up to 25 speakers in your house. Ya-hoo!
All the Bases.
Yep we've got 'em covered for you. If it spews out audio, odds are we've got a transmitter that will send glorious SKAA from your favourite thingamajig. Lightning iOS, USB, Android (micro USB), Type C, line out (RCA phono and others), S/PDIF (both Toslink optical and coax), 30 pin iOS, plus a turntable transmitter: Tanya (from our partners in Europe, Syncronice, see SKAAstore.com), not to mention two SKAA Pro transmitters. You can even feed SKAA networks with Bluetooth by using our Nadja tech. That’s 11 onramps to SKAA already with more on the way. So in actual fact, SKAA has more bases covered than those giga-whoppers!
Every one of our transmitters has something extra special going on. Gemma, Diz, Ursula & Cassandra all work with SKAA cmd, our optional, yet chock-full-of- cool functions app, available for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows. Cassandra, our Type C transmitter, works cross platform on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. Talisa accepts both optical (Toslink) and electrical (coax) S/PDIF digital audio. In addition to being great at TV audio, Akiko is a killer sports transmitter —attention snowboarders! Talisa and Akiko can, in under a minute, learn any remote control you already own so you can adjust volume and mute / unmute with it. Talisa and Akiko are both also available in SKAA Pro versions. What’s SKAA Pro, you say?
At the moment, both Akiko and Talisa are also available in "SKAA Pro" versions. They are faster, and they send to 2 receivers instead of 4. That's the deal. Almost for sure, you don't need SKAA Pro. That's because SKAA is already lightning fast—fast enough to watch TV/Movies with no lip-sync issues, fast enough to play games and even to play and create your own music on Garageband etc.. But if you're the alpha DJ that scratches faster than Q-Bert or finger drums faster than Buck Rodgers, if you're a pro singer, or a guitarist who can shred circles around Eddie, then you may want to take things to the next level. Twice as fast as SKAA, SKAA Pro is for the pros. Twice as fast as "lightning fast" is amazing, so don't let me catch you complaining about SKAA Pro only supporting two receivers. BONUS: all SKAA speakers (and headphones, all receivers, really) released from mid 2019 onward are already SKAA Pro enabled! They AUTO SWITCH between SKAA and SKAA Pro operation, simply based on what class of transmitter they're bonded to. If you're wondering whether your speaker or headphone is pre-pimped out with SKAA Pro compatibility, just send us a quick note on the TLC page and we'll confirm that for you.