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Russound A-Bus Multiroom Audio System Hockessin DE

The logical extension of my theory is that whole-house audio systems should be as simple to operate as a toaster, and Russound has done just that with its A-Bus multiroom audio system. With the A-Bus system, you see only a keypad with three buttons.

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Russound A-Bus Multiroom Audio System

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June 2, 2003 By Brent Butterworth

As a music lover, I am heartened to see whole-house audio systems in so many luxury homes. Yet I notice that some of those systems go largely unused. Why would anyone ignore a system that spreads music to every room of the house? I have a two-part theory. Part one: Most whole-house audio systems are controlled by wall-mounted keypads that cram eight to umpteen buttons into a space the size of a business card. Part two: Any device more complicated than a toaster will frighten away nine-tenths of all people.

The logical extension of my theory is that whole-house audio systems should be as simple to operate as a toaster, and Russound has done just that with its A-Bus multiroom audio system. With the A-Bus system, you see only a keypad with three buttons. When guests notice the keypads on my walls and ask what they do, I tell them, “Punch a button and find out.” In seconds, music envelops them.

Click to enlarge This tiny hub provides all the "smarts" of the A-Bus system. It connects to as many as eight keypads and four audio source devices.  (Click to enlarge)

The original Russound A-Bus system was perhaps too simple. Through the keypad, it accessed only a single audio source, such as a CD player or AM/FM radio. One source is simply not enough. Who among us does not want to spice his or her CD listening with an occasional baseball game on AM radio (or vice versa)?

Russound’s revised A-Bus system solves that problem without adding a single button. The old version offers buttons for on/ off, volume up and volume down. With the new version, pushing the on/off button now cycles among up to four audio sources. Holding this button down for a couple of seconds shuts off the sound for that specific room. Pressing the button again shuts off the sound in every room.

You have just read everything you need to know about operating the Russound A-Bus system.

A handheld remote controls the A-Bus system and all of the audio source devices connected to it; the remote will work in any room that contains a keypad. With this remote, I anxiously await the moment when my guests turn up their noses at my music selection. I simply pick up the remote, press a button to change the CD selection, and revel as they look around in search of my audio components, which are hidden in a service closet several rooms away.

The A-LC2 accessory lets your installer add an extra CD player or other audio source device to any A-Bus-equipped room. It provides a stereo audio input and fits a Decora switchplate. You can use A-LC2s to add CD players in the guest bedroom and your kids’ rooms so they can easily play music of their choosing; I use one to hook up a record player in my lounge. When the source connected to the A-LC2 begins playing, the keypad in that room automatically switches to that source.

Click to enlarge This tiny hub provides all the "smarts" of the A-Bus system. It connects to as many as eight keypads and four audio sou...

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