September 15, 2010
| by Robert Archer
Russound has announced plans to develop a new iPod docking component for the company’s Collage Powerline Media and Intercom System. The CPD1 lets users turn their Apple iPod into an easy-to-navigate multiroom audio source, with metadata display in each zone and no new long wires needed for installation.
“The new CPD1 is the next evolutionary step for the Collage system,” says Walt Zerbe, product manager, Russound. “While Collage can access music through iTunes, having an iPod dock will offer our customers a great musical sharing experience by allowing them to have it anywhere in their home instantly, by just slipping it into the dock.”
The Collage Powerline Media and Intercom system is a powerful, scalable and affordable multiroom solution that works via Internet Protocols (IP) over existing home AC power lines. Unlike other PLC systems that require a hub, the Collage system is not reliant on a central controller.
This decentralized design allows homeowners begin with two or three zones if they want, and let them to easily expand the system to additional areas later on.
The Russound CPD1 turns the popular Apple iPod into a true multi-room, multi-source component for the Collage ecosystem, complete with metadata such as title, artist and playlist information in every zone. Content selection is viewable in any room via the intuitive user interface of the Collage keypads, and users can enjoy different musical experiences in different zones of the house.
Because Collage is designed to fully maximize the IP backbone created by the system, access to digital content from iPods and online services such as Rhapsody and RadioTime are simple and convenient for the homeowner to listen to.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.