Solutions' Base media server is now fully enabled for Blu-ray disc storage, playback and multi-room distribution. Available exclusively to residential custom installers from AWE Europe, the unit offers Blu-ray capable Base Media Server offers 1TB of internal storage but can be linked to additional LAN-based NAS devices on a home network for unlimited expansion.
The Base unit can be used in a single room or integrated into a whole home custom installation using the Link Clients, and it is controllable from a wide range of control systems, including Philips Pronto, iPhone, AMX and Crestron.
Base and the Link clients can be employed for Blu-ray Disc playback directly; alternatively, if a user chooses to make an image of a Blu-ray from their PC (using commercially available software), Base will see the corresponding .iso file on the network and integrate this HD movie into the main library.
Other new features include: compatibility with the latest Teamviewer software, enabling installers to access the unit over the internet from a remote location for real-time, high-level technical support, updating and maintenance; Party Mode, which synchronises all zones to provide audio playback at the same time; and an advanced 3D interface which can be used for instant browsing and accessing of an entire movie and music collection, complete with artist information, press reviews, cover art, and suggestions for viewing and listening. These latest upgrades are free and remotely downloaded.
AWE Europe's Stuart Tickle told IE Residential: "It's increasingly important for dealers to be able to offer their customers the capability to store and distribute HD content around the home. The Base Media Server with Blu-ray functionality allows them to meet this demand at a fantastically affordable price. That's why this new product represents such a significant breakthrough for the custom install market."