The Latest in Streaming Media and Media Servers
Vision² from AMX provides a sophisticated, fully integrated video-capture, management and streaming media solution for organizations wanting a comprehensive, yet simple-to-use, IP video delivery system. Vision² enables distribution throughout a building or to displays located around the world from one centrally managed source. It can be combined with other components in the AMX Network Media ecosystem to build a complete video communications infrastructure and its extensive browser-based functionality makes centralized management simple.
The Autonomic Mirage Audio System plays music in any room throughout the home. Access to Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, SiriusXM 2.0, Last.fm, Slacker and TuneIn is easy, with no compromises in sound quality. Bridging the gap between personal and streaming music is Autonomic’s TuneBridge. Seamlessly bounce between sources, discovering new music and creating customized playlists with a press of a button.
ClareHome’s Streams multi-room audio solutions from Clare Controls are based on CobraNet, the leading technology for distributing high-quality uncompressed digital audio in real time, over standard 100BaseT Ethernet networks. Scalable yet compact, capable of being installed in a standard structured wiring panel, the Streams Integrated MultiRoom Audio features built-in D-Class amplification offered in four- or six-zone configurations. Features include an audio bridge to support up to four streaming Internet services and two local sources, as well as simple Ethernet-based connectivity that allows multiple chassis to be bussed, for a maximum of 36 zones of CobraNet audio distribution.
The new Control4 Wireless Music Bridge enables instant and wireless connectivity to smartphones, tablets or computers – and all the music stored on those devices – to a Control4 system, allowing everyone in the house to enjoy their personal music collection through the home’s audio system.
Crestron’s ADMS-G2 Intermedia Delivery System provides a streamlined solution for storing and playing digital videos, music, photos and home movies. It delivers a seamless online experience, allowing rental or purchase major motion pictures from Netflix and VUDU and streaming of videos from YouTube and Vimeo, as well as access to Pandora and to favorite news, sports, and TV shows through Hulu/Hulu Plus, Metacafe, ESPN, CNN, and other top providers.
Gefen’s HD Digital Signage Media Player plays digital/analog content based on the network. Its intuitive directory and file structure can easily be created and maintained by any text-based editing program for more effective content creation. Full 1080p HDMI, composite and component outputs are provided with both digital and analog audio. Two USB ports support a flash drive or external hard drive.
The Harman Kardon Nova Stereo Streaming Sound System is compatible with any device. Its combination of analog and optical inputs makes it perfect for use with Roku, HDTV, and Apple TV systems. Quick NFC setup makes it easy to stream music wirelessly over the Harman Kardon Nova system using Bluetooth, and its compact size and shape provide placement flexibility.
Kaleidescape’s Cinema One Ultimate Movie Player combines pristine picture quality with high-fidelity sound to transform the living room into the ultimate home theater. It supports Blu-ray-quality movie downloads, stores up to 600 DVD or 100 Blu-ray-quality movies and automatically catalogs the user’s library in an award-winning user interface. What’s more, Cinema One plays movies instantly—no previews, menus or ads.
Korus, a premium portable wireless speaker, streams in high fidelity from an iPhone or a computer to one to four speakers. Simple to use, as it requires no pairing or network, it’s so stable that it plays music, video or games audio in perfect sync. Korus’ proprietary LiveStage sound architecture and SKAA wireless protocol provide a playback experience superior to existing wireless solutions.
A fast and reliable streaming media experience depends on having a great IP network. Luxul’s new Commercial Grade Gigabit Router (XBR-4400), used together with the High Power Dual-Band Wireless 900N Low Profile Access Point (XAP-1500), can help ensure higher data throughput rates at greater distances for an optimal streaming experience. Both products are available in December through authorized dealer channels.
The multi-room, multi-stream NuVo Wireless Audio System is the first wireless home music system based on advanced, dual-band Wi-Fi and MIMO technologies to transmit up to 16 simultaneous streams at 600 kb per second each, the highest of any WiFi music network. The NuVo system is designed to meet the needs of installers, is controlled via a free downloadable app, integrates into most popular whole-home control systems, and connects with home networks and the Internet to play personal iTunes and Windows Media libraries, popular streaming services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, and SiriusXM, and other network-connected music and audio sources.
Savant offers two media servers called SmartMedia Server 2-Source (SMS-002A) and the Smart Media Server 5-Source (SMS-005A). These products are fully integrated into a Savant system, providing rapid two-way feedback and control from any Savant interface. Audio from either device can be distributed to up to 144 zones using the Savant SmartMedia Pro platform.
Sony’s HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player System is available in black or silver. Incorporating Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) technology, it delivers natural sound with a spacious feel by restoring high-frequency sound and tail shape of the waveform, typically lost through file compression. The HAP-S1 enables music files stored on a computer to be automatically synced and accessed via a free HDD Audio Remote app available for both Android and iOS devices.