vNet Outlines Product Roadmap

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 Newmarket, N.H. - Colorado vNet plans a variety of new products in the coming weeks and months

Here's what the brand has revealed so far:

Wireless lighting system:

An upgraded system shipping in November will use wireless ZigBee Pro technology, replacing the current ZigBee technology. The new system will upgrade support to 1,000 watts while offering the same design aesthetics as before. Additional details weren't revealed.

Touchscreen/amplifier:

September shipments are planned of the 7-inch TSI-7/70 with built-in 2x35-watt amp. It will replace another 7-inch model and add a higher performance amp, more choices of interchangeable bezels, and a more powerful microprocessor to support future upgrades.

Outboard local amp:

Citing dealer requests for a more powerful amp option to go with the Vibe multiroom-audio system, the brand plans fourth-quarter shipments of its first outboard local amp, a Class D model rated at 2x50 watts into 8 ohms and bridgeable to 150 watts. The half-rack-wide, one-rack-high amp will be controlled from Vibe in-wall touchscreen/amps.

Custom speakers:

The first vNet-branded speakers, shipping in the fourth quarter, will match the amplifiers in vNet's touchscreens to maximize output and performance, said sales and marketing VP Petro Shimonishi. vNet won't offer Russound-branded speakers because its dealers want exclusive limited-distribution products, she said.

The five-SKU selection of two-way speakers will consist of one in-wall speaker and four in-ceiling speakers, including one single-speaker-stereo model. They'll feature baffles that tilt up to 15 degrees and flat, flat magnetically attached speaker grilles, and optional back boxes built from flexible material for easier installation. Pricing wasn't available.

iPad app:

A video viewable on YouTube and downloadable at no cost from the iTunes store to iPads will be available in early August for dealers to demonstrate the interface of the Vibe multiroom-audio and home-control system. In December, the company plans to offer an iPad app that controls a Vibe system's audio functions. Control of Vibe-connected lighting, HVAC and security systems will be added to the app at a later date.

The apps will not be free to end users, vNet stressed.

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