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:
Read on to get yourself fully dipped in SKAA’s transmitter sauce!
You’re probably thinking it; so let’s get it out of the way. SKAA transmitters, at this juncture, are “dongles”. There, we said it. And that’s the last time we’re going to use the d-word, because it’s disparaging, diminutive, denigrating and we refuse to participate in discrimination against transmitters. Ha! Now, nearly all SKAA users, real, bone-a-fide humans who use SKAA products every day, generally love their SKAA products to death—transmitters and all. If you’re curious as to why, keep reading and I will attempt to explain. On the other hand, if your mind is made up, if you fully and completely hate the d-word and refuse to budge, check out our Nadja tech—we invented it just for you. And while you’re busy learning about Nadja, I’m going to introduce SKAA’s transmitters to the rest of you.
New. 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!
Un-compromised. 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.
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!
Cool Extras. 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?
SKAA Pro. 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.