December 22, 2010 by Rachel Cericola
Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) is ending the year with a bang, as well as a new launch. The company just announced that they are now shipping the Hi-Fi 2 by HAI multi-room audio system.
Hi-Fi 2 can play music from your existing devices, as well as any you plan to add in the future. Homeowners can crank a variety of sources at different volume levels simultaneously, or set every zone to play the same thing at the same volume.
The base Hi-Fi 2 system includes eight zones and eight sources. It’s installed with standard Cat5 cable and standard speaker wire. The system can also be expanded to fill up to 16 zones with sound. Audio sources can be locally inputted at the Hi-Fi 2 amplifier or spread out throughout the house, using Remote Input Modules (RIM).
A new feature is the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Volume-Source Control (VSC), which can display everything from name to volume to bass, treble and balance. The four hard buttons that you see above are designed to control the volume, source and power selections. Each of these VSCs also act as infrared repeaters. Simply point your source’s remote at the VSC, and it can route the signal back to the original source component through the RIM.
When coupled with HAI’s Music Gateway, the VSC will display metadata, such as artist and sony info. The VSC also supports Unicode, which means that it can be tweaked to show HAI’s supported foreign languages.
The Hi-Fi 2 can pump out 25 watts RMS at 8 Ohms per channel (50 Watts per zone). Four zones have outputs for extra amplification. The Hi-Fi 2 also has its own built-in universal power supply.
The VSC and RIM ship in white, with color change kits available in almond, light almond, black, and ivory.
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