Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has begun shipping its next-generation AD-4x and AD-8x audio distribution systems. The cost-effective 4x4 and 8x8 units are bolstered with built-in Ethernet for powerful two-way control and feedback over the LAN, as well as new web-based interfaces for simple configuration via any Ethernet-enabled device.
RTI's AD-8x 8x8 audio distribution system is now shipping.
The AD-4x and AD-8x provide switching, amplification, and distribution functions for whole-house or facility-wide audio. Containing both a matrix switching pre-amp and a built-in 25 watt-per-channel Cool Power amplifier, the flexible units feature four and eight local audio source inputs, respectively, which can be further enhanced with remote audio sources. Tight integration with RTI control systems provides two-way control of audio sources in addition to current status information, such as the selected source, volume level, and tone control settings that are available for each zone.
Suitable for the largest systems, up to eight AD-4x and AD-8x units can be stacked for a maximum of 64 output zones. The audio distribution systems feature pre-outputs for the connection of amplifiers—including RTI’s four-channel CP-450 and 16-channel CP-1650—to add more power and speaker outputs. To simplify operation, a web interface allows multiple zones in a larger room or area to be grouped as a single zone for source selection and volume control.
Featuring compact, low-profile designs, the units are suitable for rackmount or free-standing installations. Access to audio and control of remote sources is clean and simple using the RSP1 accessory wall plate and a single Cat-5 cable.
“The AD-4x and AD-8x offer the perfect complement to RTI control systems, providing users with intuitive two-way control over audio and every other aspect of their home or facility,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “With these powerful new features, delivering this experience has never been easier for dealers—the web interfaces save time during installation, while the ability to group output zones makes it very convenient for end users to control larger areas or multiple rooms.”
The AD-4x and AD-8x are available now at MSRPs of $899 and $1,799, respectively.