Russound, Colorado vNet headed in ‘Right Direction’
Multiroom audio now ready for European power-standby rules; developments in wireless lighting, A-Bus audio.
Russound CEO Charlie Porritt says it’s been “a rough two-plus years,” but the company is “going in the right direction.”
The manufacturer of multiroom audio systems has spent the past couple of years dealing with standby power requirements for Energy using Products (EuP) in Europe, where Russound has a large presence.
“Our CAV used to consume 36 watts when it was turned off,” says Porritt. “Starting in 2011, it can only consume 1 watt.”
Beyond that, Russound has been busy perfecting its new DMS 3.1 media aggregation and streaming device.
The unit “replaces all of our old source material,” says Porritt. “It replaces six SKUs.”
Russound is continuing to innovate on A-Bus technology, which delivers audio over Cat 5. Possibly the largest vendor of A-Bus products, Russound is coming out with a new subzone option that doesn’t “take up a whole zone and use an expensive keypad,” Porritt says.
Speaking of keypads, Russound is updating its TS2 touchscreen to a new version, called TS3, for controlling audio and video.
Porritt is bullish on Colorado vNet, the lighting control/multiroom AV company that Russound acquired last year. He says vNet is now represented across the country with CE pro-oriented manufacturers’ reps.
And any issues with vNet’s RF lighting control products are fixed, Porritt says. Instead of just shipping replacement products for existing customers, vNet lighting is “back,” so dealers should feel comfortable selling complete wireless lighting control systems.
At CEDIA Expo, don’t expect Russound and vNet to dwell on the past. “We’re going to focus on new products,” Porritt says.
That means you won’t see the Russound Collage powerline-based multiroom audio/communications/camera system at the show. Porritt says that Russound continues to develop for that product line and will soon introduce support for Radiotime internet radio.
In other Russound news, the company “will see more substantial presence” in Magnolia and Crutchfield, Porritt says (see press release, next page).
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 email@example.com
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