The MuSe, a new hard disk based media server from Pragmatic Communication Systems, Inc., is hitting the music server market soon. It is designed for industrial, commercial or high-end residential installations.
CasaTools is targeting larger homes, multi-home buildings and office spaces with their new CasaTunes XLe and CasaTunes XLe Music Server. Both of these multi-room audio systems use PCs as their control center and music-server source, and can create 9 sources/12 zones within the system, expandable up to 48 zones using expansion boxes available to purchase.
Nexus Audio Systems, a multi-room control producer, and TruAudio, an architectural loudspeaker manufacturer, have teamed up to create Nexus by TruAudio. This device is a multi-room audio control system that features iPod and MP3 device integration, 4-source capabilities, 4/8 or 6/12 zone functionality and a simple, user-friendly interface.
The new Beosound 5 from Bang & Olufsen is touted by the company as being the first all-digital system, using only a hard drive and internet radio as its sources. It retails for $5,900. This HDD music system uses the Bang & Olufsen "More of the Same", or MOTS algorithm, in order to produce a playlist that is defined by the characteristics of songs already in the user’s hard drive.