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Russound Multiroom Audio System Rochester NH

Most people will listen to the music server and the radio tuner 99 percent of the time, anyway. All this fancy functionality takes only seconds to set up, thanks to Russound’s RNET technology.

Dc Home Systems
(603) 433-4393
170 West Road Suite 4 Dc Home Systems
Portsmouth, NH
 
State St. Discount
(603) 436-7047
3613 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH
 
Wizard Technologies
(603) 448-7312
31 Alden Road, Suite 1
Lebanon, NH
 
Audio Video Advisors
(603) 643-1555
76 East Wheelock Street Audio Video Advisors
Hanover, NH
 
Ensemble Music Systems and Home Theater
(603) 888-9777
166 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH
Services
Acoustical Design, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Aerial,Anthem,Arcam,B&W,Cary,Classe,Elan,Epson,Furman,LG,McIntosh,Monitor Audio,NAD,NuVision,Panasonic,Paradigm,Pioneer,Planar,Proclaim,Rotel,Runco,Salamander,Samsung,Salamander,Sonos,Snell,Sunfire,Thiel,Totem,Transparent,Vutec,Universl
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Marc Foster, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeff Mixon, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Home Theater
(603) 431-1269
45 GOSLING RD
Newington, NH
 
Russound
5 Forbes Road
Newmarket, NH
 
Maverick Integration
(603) 490-1177
384 Route 101Ste. # 2
Bedford, NH
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Video
Brands
B&W, Rotel, Classe, Lutron, Crestron, Pioneer, Sony, Tributaries
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Patrick Roy, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

Sound Resort 13415
(603) 356-5095
Rt 16 Airport Square Sound Resort 13415
North Conway, NH
 
Magnolia Home Theater
(603) 891-4900
220 DANIEL WEBSTER HWY
Nashua, NH
 

Russound Multiroom Audio System

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October 1, 2005 By Charles Crowley

Surely you’ve seen that iPod Shuffle thing that Apple makes; not since the heyday of Brut by Faberge can I remember a product so heavily advertised. The Shuffle looks tempting until you see it has no display, so you cannot pick which tunes you will hear, or even see what’s playing. Apple says its research shows that most people do not care what song comes up next. Maybe this proves people no longer enjoy the close connection to music they had in the days of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Ted Nugent—back when music mattered.

The UNO-S2 keypad includes F1 and F2 “favorites” buttons that provide fast access to your preferred programs. (Click image to enlarge)
But it still matters to me what song comes up next, and I bet it matters to you, too. It certainly matters to the multiroom audio specialists at Russound. Most multiroom audio systems tell you only what source device is playing; as with the iPod Shuffle, you end up hitting the track skip or disc skip buttons and hoping a song you like comes on. But with Russound’s latest gear—the CAV6.6 multiroom controller, the SMS3 music server, the ST2-XM satellite/AM/FM radio tuner, and the UNO-S2 keypads—you get all the information you need right there on the keypad.

The readout on the UNO-S2 tells you exactly what’s playing on each of the three simultaneous streams from your music server, including which playlist you have chosen, and which artist and tune are emanating from your speakers. It also tells you which XM station you have selected, and what song you’re hearing on that station. (You can also see the frequency of an AM or FM station you have tuned, although that capability is common.)

With other sources—such as CD, DVD, satellite or cable TV—it merely tells you which source is selected. But doing more would be practically impossible, because those source devices do not provide any information for the UNO-S2 to display. Most people will listen to the music server and the radio tuner 99 percent of the time, anyway.All this fancy functionality takes only seconds to set up, thanks to Russound’s RNET technology. RNET is an Ethernet-style connection that lets all the Russound components talk to one another. Just plug it in and it works. RNET is good for your installer because it simplifies and shortens the installation, and good for you because you won’t have some guy hanging around your house for hours while he programs the system.

The only complication is that the CAV6.6 is preset for the radio tuner to occupy inputs 1 and 2, and the music server to occupy inputs 3, 4, and 5. This makes setup easier—once you realize what Russound has done. However, it’s not really explained in the CAV6.6’s confusing manual. I must divulge that I had to make a tech-support call to Russound—a confession as painful to a tech pundit as it would be for Lance Armstrong ...

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