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EI Adding Media Center PCs, Servers For Custom Installs

5/22/2007 10:08:00 AM Eastern

Columbus, Ohio — More rack-style MediaCenter PCs for the custom install channel will hit the market with the summertime launch by Exceptional Innovation (EI) of five home media servers based on the Windows Vista Media Center PC platform in the summer.

The launch marks the first time that the home-control software supplier will offer hardware.

The company’s networked Lifemedia servers will start at $4,500 and be preinstalled with the company’s Lifeware home-control software, which is also licensed for use on other custom-oriented products such as Russound’s Smart Media Console, Integra’s NVS-7.7 Integrated Media Center and other devices.

Exceptional’s servers will offer 500GB to 4.5TB of storage space for digital music, movies, pictures and recorded TV. Different configurations include a digital CableCARD, NTSC or ATSC tuners, and DVD RW Drives. HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives are planned.

The line’s five models range from a set-top box to a four-rack high-performance edition. All models run Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Operating System.

The components are said to simplify installation through the following front-panel ports: two USB, one FireWire, composite A/V and S-video. The rear-port complement consists of 7.1-channel analog and optical S/PDIF audio outs, HDMI, DVI-I, S-Video, component and composite video, two RS-232, IR input/output and two 12-volt trigger relays.

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