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
, 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.