Real time, multichannel audio content delivery over the air is expected to significantly simplify the interconnection complexity required for setting up typical home theater applications. However, despite the technological advantages of wireless networking standards related to high transmission rates and Quality-of-Service support, a number of issues have to be additionally addressed, such as multiple loudspeaker synchronization and packet delay/losses containing compressed quality and multiplexed audio data. In this work, further developments in the area of wireless audio delivery are presented by considering in detail multichannel reproduction for wireless home theater applications. Using both subjective and objective performance evaluation criteria, it is shown that cable-free multichannel audio playback is feasible under specific networking and audio coding conditions.
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