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Crestron Readies Home-A/V Components

9/28/2009 04:05:23 PM Eastern

Rockleigh,
N.J.
- Crestron is maintaining its home-theater
presence with next-generation Procise-series components and an updated version
of its ADMS Intermedia Delivery
Media Server, which aggregates music and video content from multiple physical
and online sources for selection and playback.

CrestronIn Procise home-theater gear, the company plans November
shipments of the $9,000-suggested 7.3-channel PSPHD surround processor and
companion $9,000 Proamp-7X400 Class D amplifier, which delivers 7x400watts into
8-ohm loads or 7x700 watts into 4-ohm loads.

The processor is the company's first preamp/surround processor to
incorporate decoders for all Blu-ray surround codecs and first with
HDCP-supported HDMI. It also adds these Audyssey technologies: MultEQ room
correction, Dynamic Volume to volume-level when source switching or commercials
interrupt TV programs, and Dynamic EQ to maintain perception of bass and treble
frequencies and surround channels when consumers turn down the volume. It also
features built-in DVD-Audio/SACD
decoding, six HDMI inputs that support 7.1-channel HD audio and 1080p60 video, and dual
front-panel VFDs, which display a spectrum analyzer and analog-style VU meter.

Other PSPHD features include ability to integrate with Crestron
home-control systems, balanced
XLRs on all outputs, graphic or parametric EQ and delay adjustment on each
theater output, three independent subwoofer outputs, and QuickSwitch HD
technology for low-latency switching of Blu-ray sources.

The processor will also control and monitor the connected Procise
amplifier, which also connects to Crestron systems and features balanced XLR
inputs.

The new $9,000-suggested Adagio Digital Media System (ADMS) was
shown initially at the 2008 CEDIA Expo but has been upgraded to offer simplified
easy online access to more video services than before. Shipment is now
scheduled for October.

The $9,000-suggested ADMS
combines 7.1-channel preamp/processor, Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player, and media appliance
that searches across multiple physical and online media for selected music and
videos. It displays search results on a connected TV or touchscreen. The searched
media include content stored on an embedded 1TB RAID 5 hard drive, movie discs
stored in an optional $9,000 CD/DVD/BD
changer, content stored on an optional $8,000 4TB RAID 5 network-attached
storage device, content stored on a networked PC, and content available on selected
video-streaming and video-download sites. Consumers who search for an Iron Man
video by typing the movie title into an optional $300 wireless keyboard would
see results from multiple sources displayed on a screen.

The ADMS also incorporates
a Web browser to any Web site, including content services not supported
natively in the ADMS software.

Content stored on one ADMS
and its attached Blu-ray changers can be streamed to other ADMS systems in other rooms via an Ethernet
network. DVD and Blu-ray movies
can be streamed one at a time via an Ethernet network, and multiple streams of
less-bandwidth-intensive video can be transmitted simultaneously.

In its first iteration, the ADMS
would have downloaded music and video from Amazon and HD Giants. The updated
model downloads video from Amazon for purchase or rental and streams video from
Netflix, Hulu, Joost, Vimeo, Metacafe and YouTube. The ADMS
also streams music from Rhapsody. Additional content sites will be added in the
future.

Although music can't be downloaded from authorized sites via the ADMS interface, consumers would be able to use the
device's Web browser to access authorized download services. Consumers could
also download music to the PC and transfer it to the ADMS
via a home network.

The device doesn't rip movie discs for storage on its HDD, but DVD
content ripped by a PC using AnyDVD software could be transferred to the ADMS. Up to five optional ADC-200BR 200-disc Blu-ray
changers can be added to manage a CD, DVD and BD library of up to 1,000 discs.
The changer also up-scales DVD to 1080p

As a surround processor, it decodes all surround format
authorized for use on DVDs and
Blu-ray discs.

In other news, the company said its Prodigy wireless home-control
system, based on the wireless ZigBee Pro control standard, could create a
four-zone home-control multi-room-audio system with wireless dimming and light
switching, wireless thermostat, wireless in-wall audio keypads and
touchscreens, for as little as $4,000 to $5,000, excluding installation and
speakers.

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