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Thursday, 17 April 2008
ImageNuVo Technologies’ newest music server more than triples the capacity of its predecessor, providing homeowners the ample disk space necessary to comfortably store their digital music at larger file capacities. The new NV-M3-500 Music Server, announced today, offers 500 GB (or a half-terabyte) of storage, a quantum leap in capacity over NuVo’s still-available, 160 GB NV-M3 Music Server. Music lovers now have two compelling music server options available from NuVo.
“Digital music collections are growing exponentially, along with consumers’ desire to enjoy high-bit-rate and even lossless audio files,” said David Rodarte, president and chief operating officer of NuVo Technologies. “Highly compressed audio files are fine for portable players, but homeowners now recognize that for home theater and whole-home entertainment, only files with higher bit rates offer the sound quality they want. With the NV-M3-500, homeowners no longer need to make sonic compromises with their digital music. Every digital track in their collections can both sound great and be easily accessible in any room of the house through our new music server and our Grand Concerto and Essentia E6G whole-home audio systems.”

Using Windows® Media Player and the uncompressed WAV file format, homeowners can enjoy pristine, audiophile-quality playback with a bitstream identical to every bit of what they would get from a CD. NuVo engineers estimate that homeowners can store roughly 830 CDs in uncompressed WAV on the NV-M3-500. The server can also store and play Windows Media Audio (WMA) and compressed MP3 files.

NuVo music servers offer full Digital Rights Management (DRM) compliance, three source outputs, NuVoNet Communication and Windows® Media Player music management. The server syncs to a home PC to retrieve music files and allow playback of DRM music; the experience is akin to syncing with a portable MP3 player. The music server also can act as a source for NuVo’s Grand Concerto whole-home audio system, where, combined with other NuVo source devices such as its AM/FM, XM and Sirius tuners and iPod docks, the homeowner can seamlessly enjoy an enormous amount of personally-acquired and broadcast music in any room of the house with just the push of a button on a NuVo Control Pad. Full metadata for all tracks stored on the server is available on the Control Pad.

The music server offers a polycarbonate, capacitive touch front panel interface with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display (similar to that of the Grand Concerto Control Pads), backup of audio files on a connected PC or on a portable player, simultaneous output of three audio streams, and instant compatibility with downloaded and subscription-based music. CDs are simply ripped to Windows Media Player on the PC and synced to the music server.

Syncing between the PC and the music server can be accomplished in either of two ways. The first is via a standard USB port connection; for situations where the PC and the server are physically remote, a “behind-the-walls” extender system can use CAT-5 to link to USB cables at either end. In addition, NuVo’s Wireless USB Syncing Device (NV-USBW, $399 MSRP) enables syncing between the PC and the music server without a hard-wired connection, providing a USB device connection over Wireless-G.

The 500 GB NV-M3-500 Music Server is slated to ship in June 2008 for an estimated MSRP of $2,999. The 160 GB NV-M3 Music Server remains available for $2,299 MSRP.

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