Indianapolis - Multi-room-audio
supplier NuVo entered the wireless-audio market here at the CEDIA Expo, where
it launched two amplified zone players that use Wi-Fi to stream Internet radio services
and music stored on networked PCs and network-attached storage (NAS) drives.
Songs stored on PCs and NAS drives can be
directed to multiple zones players throughout the house from a Wi-Fi handheld
touchscreen remote or from Android and Apple tablets and smartphones loaded
with a NuVo app. Multiple songs can be streamed simultaneously.
The handheld devices also control
the selection of four Internet radio services: Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody and
Tune In. The players are compatible with the iTunes and Windows Media Player
applications on a PC.
Audio sources such as hard drives
or USB sticks connected to one player can also be streamed to other players
throughout the house. Each player also connects to other audio sources via an
analog input, but those sources can't be controlled from NuVo's touchscreen
remote or from Android and Apple handheld devices.
The players can be connected to
in-room or custom-installed speakers in retrofit applications.
Shipments begin in the fourth
quarter only to installers and to A/V retailers that also offer installation.
The two wireless players include the
P100, which incorporates 2x20-watt amp, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Ethernet
port. It's expected to retail for $449. The second player is the P200 with
2x60-watt amp and expected retail of $599. The P200 adds 4-ohm stability,
stereo Bluetooth to reproduce music streamed from handheld devices, and
Audyssey room-correction technology. The stereo Bluetooth source can be
streamed through the P200 to other players on the network.
To ensure an open Wi-Fi channel
is available for the wireless player system, NuVo will offer a gateway that
connects to the home router. The gateway is expected to cost $199.
The handheld Wi-Fi controller,
expected at $399, features 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen.
Another NuVo product due in the
fourth quarter is a three-zone wired-Ethernet player with built-in 8-ohm 6x20-watt
amp. The P3100 lacks Wi-Fi but distributes music to three zones from networked
PCs and NAS drives, Internet music sources, connected USB hard drives and USB
sticks, and three analog-input sources. It can be controlled from NuVo's Wi-Fi
remote and Apple and Android devices.
NuVo also plans to offer drivers that will
enable the P3100 to be controlled from major home-control systems. The drivers
will be available sometime after the player ships.