Russound sales and staff are growing again as the company prepares to expand its product selection beyond wired multi-room audio systems with centralized controllers to include decentralized IP-based wireless systems.
CEO Charlie Porritt said Russound is growing again not only because the home-building market has begun to turn around but also because the company is refocusing on its core multi-room audio competency, he said during an interview. “Before, we tried to be a systems-integration company,” Porritt said. Now, however, “we want to be really great at audio and integrate with other manufacturers’ home automation systems,” he explained. “We want to be the number one subsystem in a home automation system.”
As an example of movement in that direction, Porritt pointed to the planned July availability of Release 7 software for Russound’s DMS 3.1 digital-media streamer. The update will make it possible for electronics systems contractors to easily write code to integrate the device into other-brands home-automation systems, not just into Russound’s multi-room audio systems, he explained.
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