Distribute music via existing AC wiring

Russound Whole-House Music System

Using powerline devices you can avoid additional wires to connect two devices in the different rooms. For example, it’s so popular powerline adapters to organize home LAN. You may know that whole-house music system needs additional wiring. But Russound – well-known producer Hi-End A/V distribution systems, offers another way to bring music in all rooms of your home. Its new system Avenue distributes high-quality music to multiple rooms using HomePlug technology. The system contains two pieces: the Avenue Hub and Avenue Points. The Hub is placed in the equipment room with Russound’s CAV 6.6 music distribution system. Each line output from the CAV plugs into a port on the Hub, which plugs into a standard AC outlet. The Avenue supports up to six different zones. The powerline also provides a return path for control signals from the keypads, touchscreens or any other interface that uses Russound’s RNET protocol.

Each music zone is supplied by its Avenue Point that plugs into the powerline to communicate with the Hub and delivers music to the speakers (thanks to built-in amp) and RNET control signals to and from the keypad or touchscreen.

The price of Avenue is not finalized but it might cont about $4000 including one hub with three points of audio.

[via CePro]

Sony whole house HD entertainment systems

Sony NHS series

Recently Sony introduced new generation of its whole house hight definition audio/video entertainment systems: NHS-1040, NHS-2040 and NHS-3040. They include following features:

  • 7.1 HDMI home theater
  • Twelve additional HD video zones (six additional HD video zones for NHS-1040 and NHS-2040)
  • Built-in support to add an HD cable or satellite receiver
  • An 80 GB music storage and management server
  • A 400-disc DVD changer with management system (NHS-2040 and NHS- 3040)
  • AM/FM tuner
  • XM Satellite Radio(TM) support
  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • Three additional auxiliary inputs
  • Three zone expansion

Sony promotes the NHS series as “ideal for builders and installers because they reduce time spent on procurement and integrating individual components, and offer the consumer a whole house HD solution with all the features of custom installation without the custom price tag“.

The NHS-3040, NHS-2040 and NHS-1040 will be available in the third quarter of 2007. No any words about the price.

[via HiddenWires]