Multi-room-audio supplier NuVo entered the wireless-audio market here at the CEDIA Expo, where it launched two amplified zone players that use Wi-Fi to stream Internet radio services and music stored on networked PCs and network-attached storage (NAS) drives.
Songs stored on PCs and NAS drives can be directed to multiple zone players throughout the house from a Wi-Fi handheld touchscreen remote or from Android and Apple tablets and smartphones loaded with a NuVo app. Multiple songs can be streamed simultaneously.
The handheld devices also control the selection of four Internet radio services: Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody and Tune In. The players are compatible with the iTunes and Windows Media Player applications on a PC.
Audio sources such as hard drives or USB drives connected to one player can also be streamed to other players throughout the house. Each player also connects to other audio sources via an analog input, but those sources can’t be controlled from NuVo’s touchscreen remote or from Android and Apple handheld devices.
The players can be connected to in-room or custom-installed speakers in retrofit applications.
Shipments begin in the fourth quarter only to installers and to A/V retailers that also offer installation.
The two wireless players include the P100, which incorporates 2x20-watt amp, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Ethernet port. It’s expected to retail for $449. The second player is the P200 with 2x60-watt amp and expected retail of $599. The P200 adds 4-ohm stability, stereo Bluetooth to reproduce music streamed from handheld devices, and Audyssey room-correction technology. The stereo Bluetooth source can be streamed through the P200 to other players on the network.
To ensure an open Wi-Fi channel is available for the wireless player system, NuVo will offer a gateway that connects to the home router. The gateway is expected to cost $199.
The handheld Wi-Fi controller, expected at $399, features 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen.
Another NuVo product due in the fourth quarter is a three-zone wired-Ethernet player with built-in 8-ohm 6x20-watt amp. The P3100 lacks Wi-Fi but distributes music to three zones from networked PCs and NAS drives, Internet music sources, connected USB hard drives and USB sticks, and three analog-input sources. It can be controlled from NuVo’s Wi- Fi remote and Apple and Android devices.
NuVo also plans to offer drivers that will enable the P3100 to be controlled from major home-control systems. The drivers will be available sometime after the player ships.