Russound has announced two new additions to its XStream product line: the XSource streaming audio player and the XZone4 multi-zone audio system. The XSource (shown here) is a tiny audio player that includes a variety of streaming services (including AirPlay, Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn) and supports high-resolution audio playback, with analog and digital outputs and Ethernet connectivity. The XZone4 is a compact audio system that features the same streaming services as the XSource and allows you to send four independent audio streams to up to four rooms. Both products will ship in December. Pricing will be announced at the upcoming CEDIA Expo, but Russound has indicated that the prices will be lower than previous Russound offerings.
Whole-house audio market innovator Russound introduces two new additions to its expandable XStream wireless audio solutions, engineered specifically for custom professionals and their clients.
The new models, all of which are part of Russound's advanced XStream series, are the XSource Streaming Audio Player and the XZone4 Four-Stream, Four-Zone Audio System. Both the XSource and XZone4 will ship in December, and will be among the new products featured in the company's CEDIA Expo 2015 exhibit. Prices will be determined in time for the 2015 CEDIA Expo.
The XSource Streaming Audio Player is a multi-use streaming media solution with a tiny form factor for easy integration with external amplifiers or whole-house receivers. Designed for scalability, the XSource is the ideal streaming media solution for custom installation professionals and their customers. With native support for high-resolution audio, and the full complement of sources available in all or Russound's XStream series of products, the XSource represents an upgrade over competitive offerings.
The XSource is a streaming source that can be integrated with Russound MCA-Series and C-Series controllers, or it can operate as a standalone streaming source that can be used with any amplifier or multiroom audio system. It offers both analog and digital outputs, as well as built-in Ethernet connectivity.
As a complete streaming media solution for both residential and commercial applications, the XZone4 Four-Stream, Four-Zone Audio System is designed to offer Russound installers a single-box package that is easy to install with simple browser-based configuration, with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Engineered for integration and scalability, the XZone4 is poised to become the go-to solution for bringing streaming media to whole-house audio customers. The XZone4 is a 1U rack-mountable component offering four independent audio streams that support up to four rooms of audio in a home or business, and can easily scale up to 16 total audio zones by linking up one or more of the other XStream series products.
Like all components in the XStream series, the XSource and XZone work with the MyRussound App for iOS/Android phones and tablets, and the XTS touchscreen interface, for unrivaled control of the listening experience. This allows for control of up to 16 stereo audio zones in a single installation using any combination of XStream series audio products.
Also similar to other advanced Russound products, these two new SKUs are included in the Russound Certified Installer (RCI) Program. These "RCI Required" items boast a recently introduced feature designed to drastically reduce unauthorized online sales of the company's products while ensuring that consumers receive the benefits of working with certified installation professionals. To date, nearly 4,000 Russound installers are taking part in the program.
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• Visit the Russound website for more information on the complete XStream product line.