Fusion Research is now shipping its new Ovation Music Server, the Duet. This rack mountable, two-source unit is designed to be integrator friendly and features several improvements with the use of Fusion’s new Summit operating system, and retails for $799.
“We’ve been asking our dealers what their ideal music server would be,” said Ingo Schmoldt, vice president of sales. “The consensus was something rack-mountable with two sources that can be expanded to add more sources. Make it the best possible audio quality and keep the MSRP under $1,000.”
The Duet uses the same Burr-Brown DAC used on other models that feature full 24-bit/192kHz music file support and output for top quality sound. With included rack ears, the Duet is fanless and quiet, easily fitting into a rack with its 1U-high chassis.
Utilizing the new Summit OS and setup wizard, the Duet has the ability to not only synchronize, but backup multiple iTunes accounts for an entire family. Because it backs up iTunes music and playlists, consumers no longer need to keep the iTunes host computer powered on to listen to their music. It also features popular streaming apps like Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, and others. AirPlay is also available on each source. The single-source Signature now also utilizes this same OS and is being renamed the Solo.
The Duet can be seamlessly integrated into Control4, RTI, URC, and Compass Controls projects and also features a new free, factory-built Crestron driver. Currently the Summit OS is not compatible with Elan g! or its sister Niles and SpeakerCraft products, although a new driver for those products should be available in the next month or two.
Sold only through custom integration professionals, the Duet has a healthy margin structure, made even better for Fusion’s largest dealers with their Platinum Program, with better margins offering free shipping in the U.S., and longer warranties. Dealers looking to purchase a specially priced showroom demo, should get in touch with Fusion at email@example.com or 925.217.1233.