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Russound Going Back To Audio Basics

Indianapolis – Russound came to the CEDIA Expo to refocus on its audio-everywhere roots after having sold off multi-room-audio and home-control brand Colorado vNet in April.

The sale was part of a strategic business plan to return the company to its core business of providing multi-room-audio electronics, speakers and accessories to residential and commercial systems integration channels.

At the Expo, the company showed off a new eight-SKU line of value-priced Acclaim architectural speakers, two new in-wall keypads, and a major software update for its C Series multi-room-audio controller.

The speakers, due to ship in November, will start at $199/pair. The round speakers come with round grilles and optional square grilles. They also feature thin bezels and magnetically attached grilles.

A new dual-gang MDK-C6 keypad single-gang SLK1, both with hard buttons and LCD, feature more traditional Decora-style design so they can blend in with nearby Decora light switches and other nearby keypads. The dual-gang model also adds new features, including two favorite hard buttons.

The keypads ship in the first quarter at prices that haven’t been determined.

The software update for the company’s C-series controller will provide multiple new features, such as enabling future updates via an IP connection. The software update also adds swiping capability to the dual-gang TS-3 color touchscreen.