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Russound’s MBX Streaming Solutions Adds Apple AirPlay 2 Support

MBX-AMP and MBX-PRE deliver high-resolution audio with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatibility.

Russound has announced that support for Apple, Inc.’s AirPlay 2 is now available to owners of its MBX streaming audio solutions.

AirPlay 2 support was made available via a free firmware update that is being deployed to all MBX systems set to “Auto Update.” Consumers and dealers who opted out of the automatic update have the option to add AirPlay 2 support through a manual update by their authorized Russound installer.

Russound MBX Streamer

With the addition of Apple AirPlay 2, consumers will further enjoy streaming from smartphones and tablets of synchronized audio to multiple rooms of their home through Russound’s two MBX streaming solutions: MBX-AMP, a full-featured streaming audio player with an onboard amplifier, and the MBX-PRE non-amplified preamp designed for seamless compatibility with the company’s MCA-Series controllers, including the MCA-66 and MCA-88.

The MBX-AMP is a single-box solution that is easy to install and configure as a streaming audio system for residential installations, while access to SiriusXM for Business makes it a smart and reliable solution in light commercial projects. Russound designed the MBX-AMP to be a decentralized, amplified streaming solution for installers who want to offer the most up-to-date streaming media options to their clients.

Full control of the MBX-AMP is managed through the company’s newly released Russound App as well as Russound’s XTS5.5 wall-mounted touchscreen or IPK-1 keypad.

The MBX-AMP offers 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms, and is scalable for up to 32 rooms. In addition to built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it features voice control integration, and driver support for Control4, URC, and RTI systems among others.

Aside from streaming audio from popular internet sources, the MBX-AMP also streams from DLNA-compliant audio sources. Additionally, it features Bluetooth with full AVRCP support, including metadata and album art from supported sources.

The MBX-AMP is included in the Russound Certified Installer (RCI) Program. “RCI Required” models boast a feature designed to drastically reduce unauthorized online sales of the company’s products while ensuring that consumers receive the benefits of working with certified installation professionals.

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