|Sony's HomeShare Multi-room system Distributes over CAT5e Cable|
|Home Theater News Music Servers/MP3 Players News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 08 September 2008|
"HomeShare delivers on the promise to installers of affordable plug-and-play high-definition entertainment throughout the home," said Neal Manowitz, director of marketing for Sony Electronics' Digital Imaging and Audio Division. "Because of the unique architecture, HomeShare can address a wide range of installation projects from a high definition home theater with a second zone of HD video to a whole house entertainment system enabling access to all content from virtually anywhere."
"Whether it's watching an HD movie in the bedroom from a Blu-ray Disc™ player located in the home theater, picking a playlist from an iPod or selecting a station on Sirius/XM satellite radio, HomeShare is easy to install and easy to use."
Connected using economical standard CAT5e wiring, HomeShare is designed to meet the demands of consumers seeking a wide range of custom installation options. The HS-KP1 keypad features a large 4.3-inch LCD screen to display Sony's award winning XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) () inspired graphical user interface. The system allows for four high definition video sources to be connected via CAT5e.
Using Sony's Digital Media Port technology, a portable audio device, such as an iPod can be connected and controlled over CAT5e with full two-way content navigation delivered to the keypad. With the local audio Wallport, each room also has access to a local source.
When the system is connected to one of Sony's ES receivers, users can access and control their home theater with full two-way communication and content navigation anywhere in the system. Each keypad features built-in IR pass-through, allowing users full control of sources such as Blu-ray Disc movies and high-definition content from cable/satellite set-top boxes. Additionally, with IR-in and discreet controls, HomeShare can be integrated into a variety of third party control systems.
Also featuring intercom with a front door video camera input, the system allows users to see who's at the front door from any room equipped with a HomeShare keypad. The system's intercom function also allows users to select specific rooms in which to communicate with. And the room monitor, with a second video camera input, makes it easy to keep an ear and eye on the baby.
The HomeShare system includes:
HS-MB1 Distribution Panel
HS-WV1 Audio/Video Wallport
HS-AC1 Power Supply
HS-WA1 Local Audio Wallport
HS-WD1 Digital Media Wallport to connect a DM Port iPod dock
HomeShare will be available early next year through Sony's network of installing dealers. Typical installed consumer pricing is expected to be between $1,000-2,000 per room.