‘Key innovations’ from NuVo at ISE30 December 2010
NuVo Technologies says that it is using ISE 2011 as a platform to showcase key innovations from its portfolio of products. Taking centre stage are Renovia, the whole-home audio system based on Powerline technology, and the new Music Port Elite (MPS4-E) content aggregator and streaming device. Also on display will be the D460 amplifier, the NuVo App for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices, as well as the Single Point In-Wall Stereo Speaker.
Renovia is described as a high-quality, easy-to-install and easy-to-use whole home audio system that uses a home’s existing electrical wiring as the cabling infrastructure for delivering audio and metadata from multiple sources to multiple rooms. Based on HomePlug power line carrier (PLC) technology, Renovia is said to be a high-quality solution with many advantages over traditional systems when being retrofitted. Utilizing a single, centralised hub and then a 50-watt independent zone amplifier for each intended listening area, the system is designed for homes where cutting into walls would be difficult or impossible, while its modular approach to controllers and sources are claimed to make it flexible and fully customisable to meet any customer’s needs.
The MPS4-E can consolidate, organise, store and distribute PC-based audio content, while also streaming a variety of Internet Radio audio services. One of the new functions, available on the Elite version, is ‘cloud synchronisation’ which allows users to access libraries of audio content from multiple locations. Content can also be streamed directly from network-attached storage, creating infinite capacity. NuVo says that dealers will also welcome the addition of IP control protocol that enables pre-built Crestron, AMX, and URC control integration and the ability to place the system on a schedule for use as an alarm clock.
Also on display is the new D460 Digital Power Amplifier – a lightweight device claimed to deliver installation versatility in its slim, single rack design and selectable ohm rating (4-8 ohm stable). The 4 x 60 watt amplifier will also satisfy homeowners with ecological concerns, says NuVo, as it offers an exceptionally high operational efficiency rating and keeps energy consumption below one watt in its idle state.