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vNet Outlines Roadmap

8/02/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NEWMARKET, N.H. — Colorado
vNet plans a variety of new products
in the coming weeks and months.

Here’s what the brand revealed so far:


Wireless lighting system:
An upgraded
system shipping in November
will use wireless ZigBee Pro technology,
replacing the current ZigBee technology.
The new system will upgrade
support to 1,000 watts while offering
the same design aesthetics as before

Touchscreen/amplifier: September
shipments are planned of the 7-inch
TSI-7/70 with built-in 2x35-watt amp.
It will replace another 7-inch model
and add a higher-performance amp,
more choices of interchangeable bezels,
and a more powerful microprocessor
to support future upgrades.

Outboard local amp: Citing dealer requests
for a more powerful amp option
to go with the Vibe multi-room-audio/
home-control system, the brand plans
fourth-quarter shipments of its first
outboard local amp.

Custom speakers: The first vNetbranded
speakers, shipping in the
fourth quarter, will match the amplifiers in Vibe in-wall touchscreen/amps
to maximize output and performance,
said sales and marketing VP Petro
Shimonishi. vNet won’t offer Russound-
branded speakers because its
dealers want exclusive limited-distribution
products, she said.

iPad app: A video viewable on You-
Tube and downloadable at no cost
from the iTunes store to iPads will be
available in early August for dealers to
demonstrate the interface of the Vibe
system. In December, the company
plans to offer consumers the opportunity
to purchase an iPad app that controls
a Vibe system’s audio functions.
Control of Vibe-connected lighting,
HVAC and security systems will be
added to the app at a later date.