Multi-room-audio supplier NuVo entered the wireless-audio market at CEDIA EXPO, where it launched two amplified zone players that use Wi-Fi to stream Internet radio services and music stored on networked PCs and network-attached storage (NAS) drives.
Songs stored on PCs and NAS drives can be directed to multiple zones players throughout the house from a Wi-Fi handheld touchscreen remote or from Android and Apple tablets and smartphones loaded with a NuVo app. Multiple songs can be streamed simultaneously.
The handheld devices also control the selection of four Internet radio services: Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody and Tune In. The players are compatible with the iTunes and Windows Media Player applications on a PC.
Audio sources such as hard drives or USB sticks connected to one player can also be streamed to other players throughout the house. Each player also connects to other audio sources via an analog input, but those sources can’t be controlled from NuVo’s touchscreen remote or from Android and Apple handheld devices.
The players can be connected to in-room or custom-installed speakers in retrofit applications.
Shipments begin in the fourth quarter only to installers and to AV retailers that also offer installation.
The two wireless players include the P100, which incorporates 2×20-watt amp, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Ethernet port. It’s expected to retail for $449. The second player is the P200 with 2×60-watt amp and expected retail of $599. The P200 adds 4-ohm stability, stereo Bluetooth to reproduce music streamed from handheld devices, and Audyssey room-correction technology. The stereo Bluetooth source can be streamed through the P200 to other players on the network.
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