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Porritt Outlines Russound, Colorado vNet Directions

April 23, 2011 By Nancy Klosek
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Russound will deliver through mid-year a new C-Series digital media streamer, a new local-source power amplifier and enhancements, including Apple AirPlay and Android support,to its Collage Powerline multi-room audio and intercom system just prior to the 2011 CEDIA Expo.

The product additions and performance boosts to Collage dovetail with the addition to the Russound team of Tom McCarthy as vice president of product development and Mike Anderson as director of product development, said Charlie Porritt, Russound CEO.  With these moves, he said, “we are building on our legacy and leveraging it to move forward.”

Porritt explained that the company’s focus would be “on delivering new products” in future in line with market trends that show consumer desire for distributed A/V, simplified home theater integration, and the increasing need to connect with “the cloud” for access to content.

He said these trends would dictate developmental directions for both the Russound and the Colorado vNet brand, acquired when Russound bought that IP-based automation and control technology company in 2009. Porritt added that Colorado vNet manufacturing was being transitioned from Loveland, Colo., to established Russound custom manufacturers. Sales and marketing for that brand are being managed out of Russound’s Newmarket, N.H. headquarters, while tech support remains in Colorado, to be managed by Jon Fisher, national sales manager. 

New in the Russound line is the C-Series DMS-3.1 digital media streamer (MAP: $2,100 July availability). Announced at the recent European ISE Expo, it has been designed in compliance with European Energy Star standards that go into effect in 2012 and require a maximum of a half-watt of power draw in standby mode. The DMS-3.1 features a USB port and can send up to three simultaneous stereo digital audio streams from network-based sources, and, through an Internet connection, from online stations and music services.  An installer-friendly feature is the unit’s integration with C-Series controllers using preconfigured source names and settings.

The D250LS 50-watt auto-switching power amp ($320; July availability) is suited to rooms requiring local amplification and source switching, and, at 8.5 inches wide, offers a low-profile footprint for installation in small spaces.

For the modular Collage range, besides AirPlay and Android 2.2 compatibility, Russound is running a promotional discount program through June 30 that reduces the pricing on the CAK1 amplified keypads, wall plate conversion kits and on the Collage Media Manager almost 50 percent.
 

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