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Russound To Ship Inaugural Selection of Six Smart Media Console Models

Ease of integration, flexibility, and high capacity make life simpler for installers and consumers.


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PRESS RELEASE - EXCLUSIVE TO CEDIANEWS.COM

NEWMARKET, N.H. -- Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio, today announced the upcoming availability of six Smart Media Console (SMC) models, all of which will be available to Russound dealers and installers in Q3 2007. The six models are the first products in Russound's SMC lineup, which has grown thanks to input from dealers and the advancing high-tech marketplace.

"No company knows the custom installation space better than Russound, so the launch of our first extensive line of Smart Media Consoles is big news," commented Jeff Kussard, Russound’s Vice President of Strategic Development. "As the media center category continues to evolve, it has become clear that the custom installation market truly understands the benefits of these products. We feel that Russound is best equipped to satisfy a customer base hungry for the benefits of a home entertainment and integration network without having to contend with products weighed down by unnecessary PC features."

"When we first announced our SMC, we planned to offer a single, top of the line unit, with additional models to follow," added Kussard. "Changes in the marketplace, combined with feedback from our dealers and installers, demonstrated the need for a series of SMC models that offer a variety of features and benefits. To assist us with our change in direction, we partnered with Exceptional Innovation, who we entered into a marketing agreement with last year. Our partnership has allowed us to develop six co-branded models of Smart Media Consoles available this fall. Exceptional Innovation’s integration experience within the Vista Media Center Edition software has proven invaluable."

More on Smart Media Console
Read the feature story on Smart Media Console, reported by CE Pro.


Unlike many media center products, which are designed by PC manufacturers with an "information technology" approach, Russound's new Smart Media Console is designed from the ground up as a multiroom audio-video home entertainment system, perfect for today's custom installers. The result is a product built with proven technology and robust components, and specifically designed to serve as the hub of professionally installed home media and residential control systems.

The SMC models are based upon the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Windows Vista operating system, and are housed in a 3U (16.75" wide x 5.5" high x 16" deep) solid steel modular chassis. All six models feature DVD slots for transferring digital music and video to the server, as well as RF keyboards and remote controls. The SMC models are divided into three platforms, based upon processor speed, video cards, and storage space. Each platform is available with either an ATSC or NTSC tuner card, or a cable card slot.

Ease of installation is an SMC priority. All six models feature two front-mounted and six rear mounted USB 2.0/1.1 inputs, front-mounted composite A/V and S-Video outputs, front- and rear-mounted FireWire jacks, rear-mounted optical S/PDIF output, and 7.1 channel audio outputs. The first four models are equipped with DVI-I, HDMI (video only), S-Video, component video, and composite video connection. The two models at the higher end feature Dual DVI-I, component video, S-Video, and composite video accommodations.

The six SMC models will be available Q3 of 2007, with US MAP price ranging from $5499 to $10,999.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. The company pairs powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.russound.com.

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