Fibaro Adds Russound Integration

Improves Control of Multiroom Audio, Streaming Within Smart Homes
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Fibaro has announced integration with Russound. The pair have developed three plugins that allow Fibaro Home Center controllers, like Home Center 2, to remotely manage Russound’s XSource Streaming Audio Player as well as two of Russound’s audio systems.

“We are always working on improving our controllers with new integrations that expand features while making it easy to manage all components within one system,” said Adam Jablonski, U.S. systems engineer for Fibaro. “From a custom installer’s perspective, Russound meets a very high audio standard. Whether it’s a single room setup or multiroom configuration, Russound’s integration is a seamless and reliable option while remaining cost-effective.”

With the new plugins, Fibaro and Russound dealers can promote the two systems together and offer their customers a professional-grade audio solution for their smart home. “Fibaro offers some of our dealers’ favorite automation solutions,” said Charlie Porritt, CEO, Russound. “As we continue to expand our systems' control options, we're excited to be working with the entire Fibaro team to bring the best in distributed and streaming audio solutions to their growing platform of products."

Russound XSource Plugin

With the XSource plugin, Fibaro Home Center controllers can remotely manage the Russound XSource audio streamer, a multiuse streaming media solution for integration with external amplifiers or whole-house receivers. The XSource offers analog and digital outputs as well as built-in Ethernet connectivity.

Russound MCA-88X Plugin

The Russound MCA-88X plugin allows Fibaro Home Center controllers to remotely manage the Russound MCA-88X audio system, a digital multi-zone controller amplifier streamer that provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. The MCA-88X offers a variety of input options allowing users to connect up to seven individual sources (seven analog or up to three digital) in addition to its built-in XStream streamer.

Russound XZone4 Plugin

Using the XZone4 plugin, Fibaro Home Center controllers can remotely manage the Russound XZone4, a four-zone audio system. The XZone4 is a single-box audio streaming solution for up to four rooms in a house. With four independent streaming sources, every room can stream any content without affecting the other rooms, including four streams of Apple AirPlay.

With any of the three plugins, users can control basic functionality remotely from the Fibaro App, including: zone power, play/pause, volume level, mute/unmute, previous, next, as well as select favorite radio stations and audio queue setup in the My Russound app. The plugins can be accessed within Home Center 2.