Connected Distribution is now shipping Russound’s XZone4 four-stream, four-zone audio system, designed to offer the company’s installers a single-box package featuring simple browser-based configuration with a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The XZone4 is a 1U rack-mountable component offering four independent audio streams that support up to four rooms of audio in a home or business, and can scale up to 16 total audio zones by linking up one or more of the other XStream series products.

Russound says that it is one of the few brands in the custom installation channel that builds Apple AirPlay support into all its streaming products and the XZone 4 includes an independent AirPlay stream to each zone.

The new model is part of the company’s expandable XStream series, engineered specifically for custom installation professionals and their clients, who want simple integration and scalability. It works with the MyRussound App for iOS/Android phones and tablets and is also fully compatible with the XTS wall-mounted touchscreen interface, allowing control of up to 16 stereo audio zones in a single installation using any combination of XStream series audio products.

In keeping with other Russound products, XZone4 is included in the Russound Certified Installer (RCI) Programme. ‘RCI Required’ models boast a recently introduced feature designed to drastically reduce unauthorised online sales of the company’s products while ensuring that consumers receive the benefits of working with certified installation professionals. To date, more than 5,000 Russound installers have taken part in the program, including many in the UK.

Mike Bonnette, product director for Connected Distribution, says: “The XZone4 was designed after consultation with custom installers to find out what they needed in a streamer.

“The feedback was for a simple solution that is scalable, easy to install and configure and that comes with intuitive operation.

“The XZone4 incorporates their recommendations, with an additional benefit also requested by the company’s customers – ‘keep it off the internet!’

“By including it in the Russound Certified Installer Programme they have done just that, securing installer’s skills and helping maintain healthy, competitive margins for them.”

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