Control4 drivers released for Russound and Cabasse Stream multiroom and Hi-Fi

posted on Tuesday, 8th November 2016 by Steve May

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Connected Distribution has announced that both Russound and Cabasse have released Control4 drivers for their products, simplifying integration with the popular control platform and providing additional revenue opportunities for installers.

With the release of the new drivers, the Russound range of controller amplifiers, MCA-66, MCA-88 and the streamer equipped MCA-88X (pictured below), can now be operated within a Control4 ecosystem, alongside lighting, music, video and security. For Control4 installers it opens up the opportunity to specify Russound multiroom audio products in their systems.

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In addition to the MCA range of flagship products, the new XZone4 four zone, four streamer multi-room amplifier can also be inbegrated, as can the legacy products the X5 and DMS3.1 streamers.

The Cabasse Stream range is a well regraded whole house audio streaming system which offers access to the major online streaming services. The six strong collection of products, which includes the new StreamBASE and StreamBAR soundbase and soundbar, provides instant access to music stored on the customer’s network, as well as internet radio and streaming services Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal. Multiroom multi-zone capability is built in to the range.

The new Control4 driver provides two-way control of Cabasse Stream players, via TCP/IP. Discrete preset selection lets the user choose new music from the Control4 interface, as well as control volume level, repeat and shuffle status. Comprehensive metadata feedback to the Control4 interface enhances the user experience, while offering instant synchronisation with other applications. An automatic discovery mechanism makes installation a breeze, and support for play queue management and auxiliary audio inputs completes the package.

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                    Russound intros A2100 distributed audio amplifier

Mike Bonnette, product director at Connected Distribution, says: “Our customers have been asking for Control4 drivers for the Russound and Cabasse products for some time so they can use their favourite products in their Control4 installs. So it’s great news that both companies have now released them and the possibilities that this brings are considerable, with installers now more able to mix and match the hardware they want to specify with the control system they have chosen to use.” He continues, ”For the Cabasse range in particular the addition of Control4 makes it a very powerful solution for whole house streaming, with extensive features and a very attractive profit margin when compared to other products.”

The Control4 drivers for Russound are available here.
The Control4 drivers for Cabasse are available here.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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