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Russound Adds AirPlay To Multi-Room Music Streamer

11/09/2011 01:20:57 PM Eastern

Newmarket, N.H. - Russound added
Apple's AirPlay technology to its DMS-3.1 digital media streamer, enabling the
three-zone device to distribute music from an iTunes-equipped PC or Apple
mobile device through Russound's C- series custom-installed multi-room-audio
systems.

The DMS-3.1 at $2,100 incorporates
a traditional AM/FM RDS tuner and connects to a home network to stream Internet
radio programming and music from a DLNA-certified networked PC. In addition,
the Streamer features USB ports to distribute digital audio files from
connected storage devices.

Beginning Nov. 1, all Streamers
shipped by Russound incorporated the AirPlay upgrade. Dealers and installers
can update customers' existing Streamers at no charge by installing new
firmware.

With
an AirPlay-enabled DMS-3.1, one Apple handheld device can stream music to a
Russound multi-room system via Wi-Fi, and the multi-room system will distribute
the handheld device's sound to custom-installed speakers in three separate
zones. Without a DMS-3.1 and multiroom-audio system, in contrast, a portable
Apple device can stream to only one AirPlay-enabled speaker system (or
AirPlay-enabled AVR) at a time.

Also
with the DMS-3.1 and a multi-room-audio system, up to three handheld Apple
devices can simultaneously stream music to a different zone, and with two
streamers, up to six handheld devices can simultaneously stream music to up to
six separate zones.



In other AirPlay developments,
Russound yesterday unveiled the $399-suggested AirGo
Outdoor Sound Station
, an AC-only active outdoor speaker that mates with
Apple's $99 AirPlay-equipped AirPort Express. With an Express tucked behind
AirGo's back-panel protective cover, AirGo streams music via Wi-Fi from a
networked PC's iTunes application and from Wi-Fi-equipped iPhones, iPod Touches
and iPads.

Similarly, the company's
powerline-based Collage Powerline Media and Intercom multi-room-audio system
also connects to Apple's AirPlay-equipped Airport Express.