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]

Shower for music lovers

Musical Shower

Yanko Design, will-known design company, announced its new concept – a music shower. The idea is following. Shower head includes waterproof MP3 player together with buttons to control the player and water. The shower’s holder is a speaker and charger in one.

This idea is nice at the first look. The music system seems pretty simple and not expensive. Who knows maybe after two-three years it won’t be possible to find ordinary shower 🙂

[via Yanko Desing]

Building the ultimate Linux-based music server

DIY HD audio system
If you’re music lover and Linux folk that article from LinuxDevices.com is definitely for you. Here the author explains how to build your own ultimate music server. It’s cheaper then similar commercial products like Sonos but it offers more functions and can be expandable easily.

In brief, the system core is EPIA EX-1500G included a wide range of A/V outputs. Additionally, we need NAS – it was chosen Infrant NV+, and control panel – here is we see Nokia N800. Nokia770 is also can be used but it doesn’t support Rhapsody well. The article contains a lot of pictures and code snippets to help you build media server fast and easy.

I already posted about another DIY home music system based on Linux. It also uses Nokia770 as control panel. So, now you have a choice.

Systemline MusicServer SMS3-160

MusicServer SMS3-160

Systemline announced its new MusicServer SMS3-160. Featured by 160Gb hard drive it allows to store up to 300 albums at the highest (uncompressed) standard or more than 40,000 songs at 68kbs bit-rate. Three independent stereo audio outputs allow simultaneous independent access to any one of three different sources – CD, HDD or Internet Radio. Additionally, the SMS3-160 can use file storage in the same network or you may attach your MP3 player to the USB port on the front panel. Included CDR drive allows to record music stored on HDD to CD.

You can control the SMS3-160 via a Systemline Modular Touchscreen, a TV or the front panel display.

Suggested selling price is £1250.00 inc vat and it is available now from authorised Systemline dealers throughout the UK and overseas.

[via HiddenWires]

A new multi-room entertainment system

S6 multi-room system

The new Systemline S6 multi-room system is designed to distribute up to 6 audio/video sources to 8 independent zones. Each zone can be controlled via its own monochrome or color touchscreen keypad. The S6 features are:

  • 6 audio sources distributed to up to 8 zones
  • RS232 integration with DAB Tuners / Music Servers / Lighting controls and video distribution
  • Flexible keypad options to suit individual room requirements
  • Designed and supported by the market leading manufacturers
  • ‘Party mode’ and ‘all off’ feature
  • Discrete IR routing to allow multiple sources to be the same
  • 2 additional IR emitter socket available for additional control options
  • Allows on-site upgrades
  • PC programming via USB cable into S6 front panel

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