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ADA Readies Multiroom Receivers

1/30/2009 02:33:00 PM Eastern

White Plains, N.Y. — Audio Design Associates (ADA) plans Feb. 16 shipments of three multiroom receivers in the new Suite 8000 series, positioned as offering more value than competing products.

All feature six audio inputs, eight zones and two tuners, with customers choosing among FM/AM HD Radio, Sirius or XM satellite-radio tuners. All also feature subwoofer line-level outputs for zones one and two and paging input for connection to doorbells and the like. An expansion port allows two receivers to connect to create a 16-zone system.

At $4,999, the Suite 8300 adds RS-232 port for integration with other-brand home-control systems. The $5,999 Suite 8400 adds connectivity for ADA music controls and touchscreens, an 8-source IR learner/controller, system clock and IR baud-rate translator. The flagship Suite 8500 adds front-panel color TFT touchscreen that controls the primary room as well as all the other rooms in the home.

“When you price each zone at $500 and each tuner at $500, a Suite 8300 costs the same as $3,500 multiroom receivers that have but six zones and one analog tuner,” said president/COO Richard Stoerger.

In addition, ADA began offering its TS-8611 single-gang two-way touchscreens in packages of eight for only $3,500, compared with $5,600 if purchased separately. Combined with a Suite 8400, a fully amplified eight-zone ADA multiroom system with two tuners and eight touchscreens now costs less than $10,000, he added.