Extending the scale of voice controlled music streaming12 February 2015
Two new networked music devices are aiming to draw the attention of the Residential Solutions crowd in Hall 5.
The Voco V-Stick turns legacy audio equipment into a wireless music and video streaming system. Users can connect the USB-powered V-Stick to soundbars, soundbases, receivers, speakers, or TVs and wirelessly stream music to them, using an Apple or Android device as a controller.
It’s possible to stream YouTube videos or audio services such as Pandora, Tunein or Spotify through a TV using the HDMI output and connect to a legacy soundbar using the analogue or digital outputs on the V-Stick.
The VocoV-Dot is an all-in-one music player that allows users to stream unlimited music wirelessly. Like all Voco devices, the V-Dot and V-Stick can connect through 10/100 ethernet or WiFi connectivity. Each Voco device becomes its own WiFi hotspot, so you can easily expand your home WiFi network.
In common with the V-Stick, V-Dot supports common digital audio formats with metadata, such as MP3, FLAC, Ogg and AAC/M4A up to 320Kbps and at 48Khz. Playlists in .m3u, .pls, .asx, .cue, .wpl formats are also supported. Both V-Dot and V-Stick can also access stored files on Mac or PC, as well as some NAS media servers.
Both devices are compatible with the Voco Controller iOS and Android app that uses the large screen of a Android tablet or iPad to increase the ease of search and to manage and quickly play streamed music in any room in the house. The system is also able to be voice activated, using Voice Search to select songs or artists from a personal music collection as well as the ability to search many online services.
Using connected Voco devices, users can add up to 10 zones with the app, to create their own Voco voice controlled multi-room music system throughout the home.