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Russound Ready to Roll
Out More Outdoor Models
RUSSOUND, the New Hampshire-based manufacturer, previewed
a new slate of outdoor subwoofers, rock and landscape
speakers at ISE 2022 (Integrated Systems Europe) in
Barcelona, Spain. The company also announced the new XTS7
7-inch Android touchscreen and updated Bluetooth source
kit to augment Russound systems in various applications.
" We used one of the premier AV technology events in the
world to off er a glimpse of the extensive new selection of
outdoor models coming, " says Charlie Porritt, CEO, Russound.
" More than a line refresh, updated designs and technology
result in a demonstrable upgrade that will dramatically
increase the outdoor sound installation opportunities for
Russound dealers. "
The updated selection includes eight new models. The outdoor
speakers and subwoofers include:
5R82mk2 8-inch Front-Firing Outdoor Rock Speaker: A
two-way speaker, with a new 1.1-inch metal dome tweeter,
enhanced woofer and a redesigned crossover available in gray
granite, sandstone and weathered granite, with a frequency
range of 58Hz-20kHz.
5R8SUB 8-inch Outdoor
Russound previewed new
solutions at ISE this past
spring.
Rock Subwoofer: An 8-inch
subwoofer available in gray
granite, sandstone and
weathered granite, the 5R8 is a
front-fi ring model with a deep
bass response rated at 40Hz-
200Hz.
AW6-LS-BR 6-inch Landscape
Speaker: Featuring a
rust- and chip-proof aluminum
grille and composite construction
designed for years of reliable performance. Frequency
range is 80Hz-20kHz.
AW10-HSUB-BR 10-inch Hardscape Subwoofer: Incorporating
a down-fi ring design and rugged ASA+HDPE enclosure,
with a frequency response of 38Hz-300Hz.
The XTS7 7-inch Android Touchscreen is an advanced, intuitive
control designed to provide an always-available operating
point for Russound systems or any smart home application, the
company says.
Powered by the Russound app, the new touchscreen features
a high-resolution display and quad core processor that
off ers control of Russound's core products.
Scheduled to ship in Q4, the BSK-2 is a complete source
kit featuring Russound's BTC-2X Remote Transceiver and the
BTC-2 Audio Hub, able to add Bluetooth to any audio system,
according to the company.
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The Ray can be a standalone audio zone or part of a
larger theater system.
Sonos Downsizes
for Versatile Ray
Soundbar
OFFERING HOMEOWNERS a new, lower cost of entry
into its home theater products, Sonos has introduced
its compact Ray soundbar. The product can be used as a
standalone multichannel solution with smaller televisions or
as the focal point of a larger Sonos home theater.
" Homes have become movie theaters, fi tness studios,
gaming hubs, and so much more, all supported by a streaming
era that is no longer exclusive to just TV, music and
fi lm, " comments Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. " Ray makes
it easier than ever to enhance those listening experiences,
thanks to its smaller size and impressive sound. "
Some of the features include:
Large Soundstage: The $279 Ray soundbar incorporates
a custom waveguide that helps the speaker to project
a large dispersion pattern
Balanced Sound: Sonos says the soundbar employs
a bass-refl ex system that includes a proprietary design to
enable the speaker to produce full sound
Tuned with Expert Input: To help ensure the Ray provides
high levels of sound quality, Sonos worked with the
professional audio community, including mixing engineers,
producers and musicians to ensure its performance
Sound Options: Sonos points out the soundbar features
its Speech Enhancement option that is said to provide
greater clarity. The soundbar's Night Sound option reduces
the intensity of loud sound eff ects to minimize the potential
of waking others in the home
Sonos also has announced that it will off er its Roam
portable smart speaker in more colors. In addition to the
standard black and white fi nishes, the $179 portable speaker
was originally off ered in, the company is now providing
homeowners a choice of olive, wave and sunset fi nishes.
In other Sonos news, the company has ventured outside
the home audio market through its new Sonos Voice Control
technology. Sonos says users will fi nd that its new voice
option provides the best way to control their music.
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