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Legrand to Sunset Nuvo
Multiroom Audio Brand
LEGRAND IS PHASING OUT its venerable Nuvo multiroom
audio and loudspeaker brand, ending product production but
providing ongoing support over the next several years.
" The Nuvo brand and associated product will be end of life, "
Darrin Thurston, VP/GM at Legrand, tells CE Pro.
Nuvo burst on the scene back in 2002 under the leadership
of CEO David Rodarte. Sold primarily through distribution, the
company was a pioneer in hardwired and powerline multiroom
audio systems. Like many distributed audio manufacturers,
Nuvo saw its market share decline with the advent of wireless
audio from Sonos. Legrand acquired Nuvo in 2012.
Legrand has put together an
The company will provide
tech support for Nuvo
products through October
2023.
extensive FAQ update regarding
the Nuvo transition that
integrators can read online
about its plans for timelines,
product technical support,
fi rmware upgrades/bug fi xes,
warranty coverage specifi cs
and more.
" Current technical staff
remains and will be augmenting
support for other brands in
addition to Nuvo responsibilities, " Thurston says.
Among the FAQs, Legrand off ers a downloadable PDF
cross-reference chart for integrators outlining brand/product
alternatives to Nuvo's current lineup, which features the Nuvo
Player multiroom audio ecosystem.
" In the last year and a half, we've worked tirelessly to keep
our brands operating through unprecedented challenges, but
as manufacturing and supply chain constraints continue to
aff ect the audio industry, we've made the tough decision to
cease production of all Nuvo products, starting in November
2021, " the company states in a message on the chart.
Among the key dates as outlined in the FAQ:
Production of Nuvo products is expected to end at the
end of 2021 or as fi nal components become available for
manufacturing.
All products purchased on or after October 13, 2021, will
be considered fi nal sale and are not returnable for credit
or refund.
Legrand will continue to provide technical support for
Nuvo products through October 2023.
" We will continue to maintain the Nuvo Player system and
third-party integrations but continued support will be limited
to the current state of technology. Bug fi xes and version
upgrades will be made available through October 10, 2025, " per
the FAQ.
Russound Debuts
Alexa-Enabled
VoicePlay Multiroom
Audio System
RUSSOUND has announced
the VoicePlay System, an in-wall
multiroom solution with streaming
audio and voice control with
Amazon Alexa built-in.
Eliminating the need for a traditional
bulky tabletop product,
VoicePlay is designed to improve
owners' in-home audio systems
as a primary audio source in
new and existing audio systems.
The VoicePlay system can send
audio to up to 32 rooms in
a home, powered across any
existing wiring including Cat5
or speaker wire.
Russound says VoicePlay
The in-wall system
includes the amplifi ed
V-KP-1 keypad and
V-PS-2 60W power
supply.
provides simple access to
the most popular streaming services and other content via
a phone or tablet. Using Wi-Fi, VoicePlay gives its users access
to the built-in Alexa platform, Spotify Connect, Apple
AirPlay 2, Amazon Music, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, iHeartRadio,
Napster, Qobuz and more. Featuring a Bluetooth 5.0
connection with 15-watts per channel and available synchronization
of up to 10 rooms, an entire household syncs
together eff ortlessly, the company says. With black and
white Decora color options, the VoicePlay keypad maintains
an elegant aesthetic.
" In today's world where people are spending more and
more time at home than ever before, we wanted to provide
a simpler, more versatile way for people to access and enjoy
their music as well as provide smart home control through
the power of Alexa, " states Charlie Porritt, CEO of Russound.
" To meet this goal of enhancing people's enjoyment, the
VoicePlay System's astounding features of synchronized audio
streaming, AirPlay 2 compatibility, voice recognition, and
the variety of listening choices all lead to a vastly improved
experience. "
When the homeowner mutes the voice control, the
microphones are completely powered down providing
complete privacy. The user can then control the system
directly from the keypad, which allows easy-touch volume
up, volume down, mic on/off , and action buttons, just as any
Alexa voice-control-based system would.
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