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Russound To Step Up Focus On New Media

2/07/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
NEWMARKET, N.H. — New media sources, including cloud-based A/V streaming services, will play a larger role in Russound’s future.

The company plans May shipment of a DMS-3.1 Digital Media Streamer, which integrates new-media sources with more traditional types of multiroom- audio systems. The company also hired a product development VP whose mission includes the addition of cloud-based audio and video content to the company’s line.

The company tapped Tom McCarthy, formerly Niles VP of engineering and product development, for the newly created VP position. McCarthy, who is responsible for long-term strategic vision and day-to-day product-development management, will “assist our team in expanding our strategy of leveraging our technology assets to fully embrace cloud-based content, integrate with third-party subsystems, and ultimately offer home automation and lighting control products,” said CEO Charlie Porritt.

The company has already been moving in the direction of leveraging cloud sources and other new-media sources. The company’s Collage multi-room-audio system, which uses powerline technology to distribute audio over electrical wiring, features amplified in-wall keypads with integrated Internet radio tuner, integrated AM/ FM tuner, and ability to stream music from a networked PC or network-attached storage (NAS) device.

In May, the company will follow up with another new-media product, the DMS-3.1 Digital Media Streamer. It integrates with the company’s C-series multi-room audio systems, incorporates a traditional AM/FM RDS tuner, and connects to a home network to stream Internet radio programming and stream music from a DLNA-certified networked PC or NAS drive. In addition, the Streamer features three USB ports to distribute digital audio files from connected storage devices. The device supports playback of MP3, WAV, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and AAC+ files.

The DMS-3.1 distributes up to three separate audio streams simultaneously from the digital new-media sources while also simultaneously streaming content from the embedded analog AM/FM tuner. The one-rack-size 17-inch by 8.5- inch by 1.7-inch device features rear-panel stereo audio output jacks for each of the three digital sources as well as another pair for the AM/FM tuner.

Pricing hasn’t been determined.
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