Monitor Audio has launched its IMS-4 Music Streamer. Featuring BluOS technology and Apple AirPlay 2, the IMS-4 is described as a versatile music streaming solution designed for custom install projects requiring premium sound quality.
BluOS technology allows the IMS-4 to stream to four separate zones and its BluOS Controller app offers flexibility: streaming from music services, easy access to music libraries and voice control through a smart device, says the maker.
Accessed through the app, or one of the supported integrated control systems, multiple IMS-4 Music Streamers can be integrated with other BluOS devices to provide up to 64 zones of music. Each zone can perform together in sync or play different streams to different zones.
Lossless music can be played at up to 24-bit/192kHz to every room in a home network and, through BluOS, IMS-4 can deliver millions of Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings, which captures and recreates the sound of the original studio performance.
Apple AirPlay 2 provides the IMS-4 with even greater flexibility as Siri allows users to request the track they would like to hear and state the room they would like it to be played in. Like BluOS, Apple AirPlay 2 lets the music be enjoyed separately or in sync throughout the home.
Monitor Audio says that the IMS-4’s compact design (1U of rack space) ensures it can be easily incorporated into any custom installation project. Analogue and digital inputs allow the addition of a cable box or other non-network sources and makes them available in every zone.
The IMS-4 also includes a system interrupt to let doorbells and fire alarms be heard. Monitor Audio recommends that the IMS-4 is partnered with an installation amplifier such as its own IA150-8C. Integrated with Crestron, Control4 and RTI, the IMS-4 is compatible with other BluOS enabled devices.
Michael Hedges, Monitor Audio’s technical director, says, “The IMS-4 is an exciting new addition to our extensive range of industry-leading custom installation solutions. I am sure our customers will love its ease of installation, flexibility and powerful performance.”
• BluOS multi-room streaming technology
• With four separate zones, different music can be streamed to four different rooms or areas
• Can be integrated with other BluOS devices to provide up to 64 zones of music
• Allows streaming of lossless music with MQA authentication up to 24-bit/192 kHz
• Integration with home automation services such as Crestron, Control4, RTI and other BluOS devices
• BluOS Controller app for iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows
• Compatible with Apple AirPlay 2
• Can be partnered with Monitor Audio’s range of Installation Amplifiers
• Includes a system interrupt feature to let doorbells and fire alarms to be heard
• Shallow depth, occupies just 1U rack space
• Monitor Audio’s brand recognition and heritage of quality products
• IMS-4 is covered by Monitor Audio’s standard 5 Year Warranty