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Multiroom Audio in a Can… Literally!

Legrand's new aptly named On-Q Multiroom Audio System abandons the equipment rack and puts an entire 4-source, 16-zone distributed audio system in a structured wiring enclosure can.

On-Q by Legrand's new On-Q Multiroom Audio System fits nicely in a structured wiring enclosure on the wall.

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Jason Knott · September 17, 2014

For a homebuilder, real estate and square footage mean everything. Home values are measured by land, bedrooms, bathrooms, and just as importantly, the number of closets.

That’s why most homebuilders sneer at the sheer concept of having to give up valuable real estate such as a closet to house an A/V or home automation equipment rack. It’s just not worth it. They want electronics that can fit on a wall somewhere.

Legrand is obliging them. At CEDIA Expo 2014, the company debuted what it claims to be the first ever multiroom audio system that fits in a compact structured wiring can.

The all-digital system, aptly named the On-Q Multiroom Audio System (OK… they might need some creative help on the name), replaces the company’s previous analog-based LyriQ multiroom audio system that is now discontinued. It will ship in October.

“We took the technology behind the rack-mounted NuVo Player Portfolio system and made it into a structured wiring-enclosure based multiroom audio system,” says Desiree Webster, marketing communications manager for Legrand’s NuVo and On-Q brands. “We are proving to builders that technology is not a $100,000 game… they can bring repeatable technologies to their homes for $3,000 to $4,000 that include infrastructure wiring, wireless networks, multiroom audio and video surveillance.”

The 4- to 16-zone system has global and local inputs and connects seamlessly via Wi-Fi to a home network. It can stream music from subscription services like Pandora and Spotify, as well as access audio files from the homeowner’s personal collection on his or her tablet, smartphone or PC.

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  About the Author

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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Control & Automation · Whole House Control · Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · News · Media · Slideshow · CEDIA Expo · Legrand · Multi-room Audio · On-Q · All Topics
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