Russound has partnered with Spotify and will offer firmware updates so that its portfolio of streaming products will support the streaming service, the company announced Friday. Spotify Connect will be made available in the company’s XStream X5 distributed audio system component, the DMS-3.1 digital media streamer with AirPlay, and the MCA-88X streaming multi-zone controller digital amplifier. Major revisions to Russound’s apps will also support Spotify, said Colin Clark, product marketing manager.
Charlie Porritt, Russound CEO, said the addition of Spotify brings to three the number of top-tier services Russound is offering the U.S.; the others are Sirius XM and Pandora. He added that the company also offers Internet radio through two platforms. While additional services are on the roadmap for future introduction, Clark stressed that “we don’t want to overwhelm the customer. It’s market driven – it will be what dealers are asking for.”
Russound has also begun delivery on several models unveiled at CEDIA Expo. These include the refreshed line of Acclaim Edgeless Bezel in-ceiling/in-wall speakers, which bears innovations such as NeoDrive – a Neodymium magnet motor structure that enabled engineers to significantly reduce their mounting depth versus comparable models by nearly 20 percent. The speakers are available in 6-inch and 8-inch models along with all necessary installation accessories.
“These speakers represent a thread through the Russound line of high-resolution audio,” said Porritt. “Doing 24-bit/192kHz is a key and critical component to our success with our streaming products,” added Clark. “Audio is in our roots.” Also shipping now are the P75 75-watt dual-source power amplifier and the P125 125-watt dual-source power amplifier, which are optimized for use with Russound speakers. Also out now is the ALT_126R volume control.
The company also released major X5 and MyRussound app updates that offer compatibility enhancements.