3 Big Things You Might Not Know about Autonomic eSeries

Introducing its first IP-based multiroom audio system at CEDIA 2016, Autonomic saved a few eSeries surprises for the show, including Play-Fi and Crestron NSP replacement.

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Autonomic, a leading media management system for the custom electronics channel, continues to make its music servers more approachable for broader markets, while still maintaining its premium status.

At CEDIA 2016, Autonomic introduced the eSeries multiroom audio system, the company’s first to use IP streaming over the existing home network using proprietary eAudioCast audio-over-Ethernet technology. The architecture enables users to start small with a $1,000 investment (MMS-1e) and continue to build at their leisure (with M-120e amplifiers).

We covered the system in depth before CEDIA 2016. But the company saved a few surprises for the show.

Play-Fi for Wireless

Although it pains Autonomic CEO Michael de Nigris to say it, “Sometimes you just have to have wireless.”

For that, the company has made the eSeries ecosystem compatible with Play-Fi, the open-protocol wireless streaming technology that is becoming increasingly popular in the home-technology channel.

Users can add wireless zones using Play-Fi compatible speakers, enjoying the high-resolution audio (HRA) that other popular wireless audio systems don’t support.

Autonomic does not use Play-Fi’s own app and streaming services. Why should they? The company already has arguably the richest streaming media platform in the channel.

Crestron NSP Replacement

Crestron has a nice little streaming audio player called the NSP (CEN-NSP-1), but that’s all it really is … a nice little streaming audio player with AirPlay and Internet radio.

For users who want to step up to the Autonomic Mirage Media Server platform – supporting most of the major streaming music services, and providing unique bells and whistles for media management – they can simply swap out the NSP with a new eSeries player.

Autonomic worked with Crestron to enable a seamless migration from NSP to eSeries. No additional configurations are required and Autonomic is treated like any other native Crestron device in the home automation ecosystem.

Autonomic eSeries in 12,500 Homes

There’s a new residential development called Sterling Ranch going up, just southwest of Denver.

Some 12,500 homes by five different home builders will eventually be part of a mixed-use, master-planned community with many high-tech features.

de Nigris tells us that Autonomic has been selected as the upgrade option for all homes in the new community.

CE Pro will have more details in the future.

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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

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