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AV Specialists Will Not Miss Out Says NuVo Boss

The CEO of NuVo Technologies who earlier this week announced a brand new multi room audio system that runs over traditional powerlines has said that CEDIA members who traditionally sell labour and wiring will not be disadvantaged by the new technology.

Speaking exclusively to ChannelNews David Rodarte, president and chief operating officer of NuVo Technologies said from the USA that in discussion groups with CEDIA members it was communicated that there is still good margin in the product and that the development of NuVo’s Renovia system would result in the specialist channel being able to sell more of their new multi room audio systems more often.

We were aware that the CEDIA installer may have a problem with this product, but if you look at it we are still delivering an excellent solution for the specialist channel. We are also delivering a product that can be sold into locations where new wiring is not possible. Research conducted by the Consumer Electronic Association shows that consumers don’t understand what multi room audio is, don’t want the expense or mess associated with new wiring for a multi room system. Our new system can be easily demonstrated and installed quickly over existing powerlines. This presents big opportunities for the specialist Channel” he said.

Speaking from China NuVo CTO Rick Kukulies told ChannelNews that the new NuVo Renovia hub which has a built in source that delivers dual AM/FM tuners and allows users to plug in two iPod docks and two additional analogue sources was a major breakthrough for the Company.

“This is a whole new experience for us. We have been able to develop a high quality, multi room audio systems that plugs into powerline technology, that major Companies like Sony, Cisco, Panasonic and Intel have been working on for many years. We believe that the new HomePlug 1.0 powerline technology is now a proven technology and what we are adding to it is years of audio and home automation experience. In developing new products we have to take a bet on which technology is going to deliver us results going forward and we are confident that this technology coupled with our product offering is going to deliver an excellent option for consumers”.

 With the new system up to six sources can be connected with all music and metadata distributed to up to 12 in-wall zone amps via the powerlines, using the new HomePlug technology.

Kukulies said” It is faster more reliable than RF technology and will not compete with Wi Fi. It works in some extreme environments such as around metal studs, concrete and is easy to install”.

He added “We have been working on the Renovia system for over 12 months and in developing it we could see that by harnessing a proven technology like Powerline we didn’t have to install thousands of systems to see if it works. It did work as a great deal of the past issues associated with Powerline technology had been solved by Companies like Cisco and the technology is now being used in hundreds of thousands of homes around the world”.

With the new system NuVo touch pads are used to control the sources and connect to the amps via Cat 5 if needed. Two speakers connect to each amp via speaker wires.

The system is also able to control and play additional digital content on the network via the use of a NuVo music port module.

According to NuVo the Company decided on one integrated box for the powerline solution because “the goal of the system is for the installer to do a one-day job,” NuVo CTO Rick Kukulies confirmed to ChannelNews.¬†
The electrician does nothing more than wire the power module like any other light switch or outlet. The integrator pops in the amp, connects a jumper cable to the power, and runs a Cat 5 cable to the keypad – any of NuVo’s standard control pad touch controllers will do.

“It works just like the NuVo Concerto or Essentia,” Kukulies says. “You just don’t have to run any wires.
The Renovia system accommodates 12 zones of audio. Currently you cannot “HomePlug-enable” NuVo’s traditional hardwired multiroom audio systems but such a solution may be forthcoming say NuVo.