The AVC Group has developed a way to integrate the Niles-branded IntelliControl ICS multi-room-audio system with one of ELAN's g! home-system controllers, giving installers an opportunity to upgrade previously installed Niles systems.
Integration of the Niles IntelliControl multi-room-audio system with an ELAN g! home-control system enables iPad and iPhone control of the Niles system.
The development is part of the AVC Group's "commitment to pursue a long-term complementary product-development strategy while maintaining the strength and integrity of each individual brand," said group president Mark Terry. Nortek-owned AVC also owns the Xantech, Sunfire, and Aton brands.
At a minimum, the new option gives Niles installers that qualify to sell ELAN products, and vice versa, the opportunity to offer wireless Wi-Fi control of a Niles system from an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Niles dealers would also get the opportunity to add an "affordable bridge" that integrates control of multiple home systems with control of a Niles audio system.
To make these capabilities possible, ELAN added Niles drivers to the $1,100 g! series HC4 controller, enabling RS-232 communication between the controller and Niles's 12x60-watt GXR2 six-source, six-zone receiver, which can be linked with other GXR2 receivers to create a 30-zone audio system.
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