Multi-room A/V Gets New Brands, Capabilities - Twice

Multi-room A/V Gets New Brands, Capabilities

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Atlanta - Electronics Systems contractors (ESCs) will find new brands entering the multi-room A/V system market and other brands adding systems-integration capabilities to their multi-room systems.

URC and Emotive, for instance, plan to show their first multi-room audio systems, and Aton and Legrand are integrating control of other home systems into multi-room-audio systems.

Installers will also find multi-room electronics from Russound and others.

Here's a sampling of the new products:


Aton:

The Elan-marketed Aton brand will launch its first out-of-the-box multi-room audio electronics system, which packages in-wall keypads with its first multi-zone AM/FM receiver/controller. The controller is preprogrammed out of the box to control an iPort-branded iPod dock and Lutron's RadioRA2 lighting-control system.

The AH66T-KT Multi-Source/Zone Controller Kit, shipping in October at a suggested $3,599, includes a six-zone, six-source 12x30-watt RDS-equipped AM/FM receiver/controller packaged with six in-wall capacitive touchpads with full-color OLED displays. The touchpad's are the company's first capacitive touchpads with OLED display. The controller and touchpads are also available separately at $1,599 and $610.

The double-gang touchpads feature 2.1-inch display and 15-function hard-button layout under a film overlay. The display features six lines of metadata from two-way sources, including an optional Sirius satellite radio. Interchangeable faceplates are available in white, ivory and almond

The receiver/controller comes with two-way RS232 code set for control from third-party integrated-system keypads and touchscreens.

Autonomic Controls:

The music-server supplier is launching a software upgrade to add Internet radio access to its Mirage Media Server, equipped with 1TB hard drive to store music. The upgrade accesses the RadioTime service, which aggregates thousands of Internet radio stations. The server already accessed Pandora and Sirius Internet Radio as well as streamed music from a networked PC's iTunes and Windows Media Player.

The 1TB $3,995 server also backs up music in the cloud for remote access from smartphones, PCs and game consoles through the

MP3tunes

music locker service. The 1TB server, which features five independent audio outputs, is designed for integration with installed multi-room-audio systems and home-control systems.

Separately, the company will release an app that lets an iPhone or iPod Touch control the server as well as remote control of a PC's iTunes or Windows Media Player applications for streaming through the server.

Emotiva:

The direct-to-consumer manufacturer of high-performance amps, processors and speakers is launching a home-component line for sale exclusively through custom installers.

At the Control4 booth, the company will display its eight-SKU Emotiva Professional Systems line, which includes Emotiva PS HDMI 1.4 surround-sound preamp-processor and Emotiva PS HDMI 1.4 A/V receiver, both with Control4 technology enabling them to control Control4 home systems. The Emotiva PS HDMI 1.3 processor and Emotiva PS HDMI 1.4 receiver lack Control4 capability. Two home theater amps are the Emotiva PS 7x200-watt amp and PS 7x350-watt amp. Two multi-room-audio amps are the PS 12x45-watt amp and a 6x45 amp.

HDI Dune:

Three media centers equipped with Blu-ray disc player, hard-drive media storage, high-end audio DACs and surround processing incorporate control of IP- and Z-Wave-enabled home systems from an on-screen TV interface.

Qsonix:

The company is showing the first new series of music servers under its technology and marketing alliance with high-end component-audio supplier Wadia, whose audio technologies appear in Qsonix's new Q2 series. Prices range from $6,950 to $8,450

Legrand:

The company has added Internet radio streaming and control of its RF lighting-control system to the On-Q Unity Home System, which features four zones of multi-room audio, intercom capability, and security-camera viewing. The system is expandable to eight audio zones and 32 rooms of intercom capability. The system features an in-wall keypad with LCD screen, stereo speakers, and microphones.

Russound:

Two-channel amps, outdoor rock speakers, a touchscreen controller and a new C-series multizone controller are on tap from the company.

URC:

The company will go CEDIA Expo to further expand its presence in the home-control market with the launch of its first IP-controlled multizone-audio system, IP surveillance cameras and rack-mountable MRX-10 home-system controller.

The MRX-10 controller receives commands via Ethernet and Wi-Fi to control the new multi-room-audio system, surveillance cameras, components in a connected home entertainment system, and other-brand thermostats.

Xantech:

The brand is launching a stereo Bluetooth receiver that can be integrated into multi-room-audio systems including systems based on the brand's MX88/MRC88 controller. More than one Bluetooth receiver can be connected at a time to a multi-room system to allow for simultaneous playback of multiple stereo Bluetooth sources, such as cellphones, at one time.

ZAGGbox:

The $3,000-suggested ZAGGbox Pro media server, available only to custom channels, integrates the control of connected home video sources via IR blaster and included remote, features built-in Z-Wave to control home systems, stores music and movies on its hard drive, and features Wi-Fi and Ethernet port to stream content to other TVs equipped with a ZAGGBox Pro in the house and in remote locations. It optionally streams stored content to mobile devices, including cellphones equipped with ZAGGbox apps, as well as to PCs in other locations.

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