Sister companies Russound and Colorado vNet are focusing on IP-based multiroom-audio distribution in a series of new products. The vNet products will be the first new vNet products since the company’s acquisition by Russound’s owner in October 2009.
vNet, whose audio focus has always been on IP-based music distribution, plans two IP-based music-distribution products and its first iPad app for home-system control. Russound, which is increasing its focus on IP-based audio, is readying a new IP-based audio product and has upgraded its IP-based powerline-networking multiroom-audio system. Russound is also planning such new products as custom speakers, an A-BUS sub-zone controller, and a new local-zone two-channel amp.
In other developments, Mike Anderson was hired as product development director for both companies. He joins newly hired product development VP Tom McCarthy. Both hailed from Linear AVC Group. Sharing the talents of both men between the two companies is part of a strategy to create synergies between the two companies, said Charlie Porritt, CEO of Russound and vNet.
vNet also has been moving product manufacturing out of its Loveland, CO, facilities to Asian contract-manufacturing plants where Russound is already a major customer.
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