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The Mediacenter from Loewe

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The Mediacenter from Loewe is a true all-rounder. It plays CDs and DVDs and can also receive radio via antenna, cable and satellite or from the Internet. Digital music files on hard drives or within your own network can also be accessed, as can those from iPods or iPhones. Within the system network, it is of course also possible to control the external BluRay Player via the Mediacenter – with just the touch of a button on the Assist Media remote control. And all of this is enclosed in minimalistic housing made from brushed aluminium and glass.

The display and operation of the Mediacenter itself are consistently focused on what really matters. The Mediacenter is connected directly to the TV set and uses the TV screen to display all music sources on an intuitive, clear interface. The cover art of your personal music or DVD collection is displayed in high definition by means of automatic update via the Internet. Browsing through your own collection or searching for specific titles is child’s play with the help of the remote control. All audio sources can also be streamed to secondary rooms, where the Mediacenter can be conveniently operated by means of the elegant Loewe Assist Media remote control. It displays the music tracks, rooms and even the cover art of the selected CDs on the OLED display. The Mediacenter can be used with any TV which has an HDMI connection, and is therefore not only restricted to the Loewe system range. Compatible products from other suppliers can also be used in secondary rooms. This renders the Mediacenter one of the most accessible multiroom systems on the market.

Versions which come with integrated hard disks – Loewe Reference Mediacenter and Individual Mediacenter DR+ – offer a particular added bonus. Here, all your songs can be saved centrally on two integrated hard disks totalling 320 GB. The Reference Mediacenter takes seven to eight minutes to “rip” each individual CD. In this way, the name of the artist and track, or track information can be altered at any time - even the album cover art can be replaced with a graphic stored on the Mediacenter hard disk. As an alternative or additional option, music files can of course be copied from a PC onto the Mediacenter hard disk via the network. Anyone who has invested a lot of time in their music collection will, of course, want it to be accessible at all times. For this reason all data is backed up on the second integrated hard disk (160 GB) – so the upsetting loss of rare music files is virtually impossible.

The Mediacenter from Loewe is now available from your specialist dealer in three different versions. To accompany a home entertainment system in a class of its own, there is the Loewe Reference Mediacenter. The Loewe Individual Mediacenter DR+ offers the same functionality. Those who do not require the convenience of an integrated hard disk can turn to the Loewe Individual Mediacenter. Various set-up options facilitate perfect integration into the living environment. The stylish device is made to be hung on the wall like a work of art – the Mediacenter has a slim profile of just 74 mm, including the wall mount supplied. An elegant Table Stand or Floor Stand is available on request to allow free-standing positioning in the room.



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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