CEDIA Tease: Russound Serves Up Commercial Version of Streaming Amplifier

The audio company highlights its 70-volt XZone70V Streaming Audio Amplifier, which is offered as part of Russound’s Certified Installer Program.

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With so much crossover these days between residential and commercial A/V technology, it’s becoming increasingly more common for integrators to dabble in both markets. Russound aims to aid residential integrators who are addressing the commercial audio market by providing solutions that will have a familiar feel and feature set for those making the transition, and of course satisfy client demands at the same time.

The company’s new 70V model, the XZone70V Streaming Audio Amplifier, is a high-resolution digital media streaming audio source that incorporates the company’s XStream technology to enable streaming audio content from the cloud, a local network, or AirPlay-enabled devices, all from a single component.

The 70V/100V amplifier uses advanced circuitry to provide up to 300 watts of power in a 1U chassis. Interested integrators can can check out the XZone70V amp firsthand during CEDIA 2016 in Russound's booth, #5110.

Similar to its residential counterpart, the XZone70V’s built-in audio streamer offers the most popular services, but with a focus on commercial installations.

Included in the system is SiriusXM for Business, providing installers with a simple, cost-effective option for streaming legally licensed music at any business. Also included are such services as vTuner, Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn.

One of the essential features for commercial installations is an integrated microphone input that automatically senses a signal and pauses the audio stream for paging through the system.

Condenser mic support is easily accessed with a sliding switch on the rear panel, in addition to a Mic Gain control for easy adjustment of the audio level, and a front-panel Mic Volume Level.

The XZone70V is included in the Russound Certified Installer (RCI) Program.

“RCI Required” models boast a recently introduced feature designed to drastically reduce unauthorized online sales of the company’s products while ensuring that consumers receive the benefits of working with certified installation professionals.

The company notes that additional 70V models will be announced at CEDIA.