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NetStreams’ DigiLinX Distributed Audio System Integrable With ReQuest’s AudioReQuest Music Server Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2004
NetStreams has announced that its DigiLinX IP-based distributed audio system easily interfaces with ReQuest MultiMedia’s AudioReQuest Music Servers. The result is a fusion of two systems, with added audio and control features, increased system efficiency, and greater ease of installation. ReQuest MultiMedia is currently working on new firmware for their AudioReQuest music servers for dealers to upgrade their products for this integration. The new firmware for AudioReQuest music servers allows for up to 6 simultaneous streams of uncompressed audio over the DigiLinX system, as well as meta-data for song selection and control from the Ethernet connection located on the rear panel of the AudioReQuest. It thus makes the AudioReQuest music server the first “native” device on the DigiLinX IP-based audio distribution system. This integration makes the AudioReQuest a compelling source on the DigiLinX home network, and it saves programming time and labor for its dealers. With NetStreams’ TouchLinX in-wall LCD touchscreen controller, end users can select a stream of uncompressed audio that they want to listen to from the Album cover art, song title, track title and artist information displayed on the AudioReQuest.

The DigiLinX system, using NetStreams’ StreamNet technology, distributes audio over CAT5e using TCP/IP on an Ethernet network, in a meshed networked architecture, allowing for automatic synchronization of audio throughout the home. For non-native audio sources, DigiLinX converts audio from a legacy source (Tuner, CD Player, other) in real-time, to uncompressed audio streams, allowing up to 24 bit audio to be distributed throughout a home or commercial facility. All devices are network upgradeable.

One of DigiLinX's features is its ability to access and distribute metadata from advanced digital audio sources like the Request Multimedia AudioReQuest music server. The data is then displayed on the color display of the DigiLinX keypads. Thus, a consumer can access any source, from any room, at any time, and if the source provides meta-data, DigiLinX allows the music to be selected by Artist, Album, Song, and Genre, and can also display the 'cover art'.

The DigiLinX System can also distribute and play both uncompressed (.wav) and compressed audio formats like MP3. Additionally, because the processing code is stored in flash memory, updates to allow the DigiLinX to support new digital audio formats will be available in the future. Also, DigiLinX does not limit the user interface to its keypads. Each component contains its own IP address and web server that can serve-up control pages to products such as PDA’s, Web Tablets, Web TVs, or computers.

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