By Lisa Johnston
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Armonk, N.Y. — Autonomic, the supplier of multi-room media servers, launched its first multi-room amplifiers/matrix-audio switchers and first in-wall keypad controllers to target consumers seeking basic multi-room-audio installs.
With the products, consumers need only add speakers to create a multi-room-audio system built around Autonomic’s Mirage Media Server, which streams music from the iTunes and Windows Media music players on PCS and from Last.fm, Pandora, Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM Internet Radio and Spotify.
The solutions are designed to help installers build low-price stand-alone distributed-audio solutions from components that are designed out-of-the-box to work together, said CEO Michael de Nigris. Mirage Media Servers already integrate with major integrated home-control systems.
The four products, which are shipping, include the 8x50-watt four-zone, six-source M400 matrix amp and the 16x50-watt eight-zone, eight-source, eight-zone M800 at a suggested $2,595 and $3,695, respectively. Their power outputs are rated at 8 ohms, but the amps are stable to 4 ohms.
The other two products are the in-wall MKP-1 keypad controller at $200 and the $250 MKP-iOS in-wall keypad mount, which turns iPod Touches into controllers and charges the Apple device.
Both IP-controllable amplifiers are recognized automatically by the company’s web application and by iOS and planned Android apps, enabling wireless smartphone and tablet control of all zones, including volume, source selection and independent zone power on/off.
Autonomic contends the amps’ output is “significantly higher” than most distributed-audio amplifiers that the company said average from 15 to 25 watts of output per channel.
The amps feature analog as well as coaxial digital inputs, which most matrix-switching amps don’t offer, the company added.
The Autonomic MKP-1 in-wall keypad controls volume, source and independent zone power. For more advanced control, the Autonomic MKP-iOS in-wall mount for the iPod Touch delivers full system control in heavily used zones. The MKP-iOS, which lacks hard keys, permanently affixes an iPod Touch into the wall to turn the iPod’s touchscreen into a controller. The mount also keeps other iPod Touch applications operational.
The MKP-iOS charges the iPod through a single CAT-5 cable wired back to the amplifier location, but the mount can also be powered locally using a DC power supply.
The company’s servers include a TuneBridge feature that lets listeners hear a song on the radio or SiriusXM and, by pressing a button, jump to the entire album on Rhapsody or create a new Pandora station based on the artist or title.
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