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Now Shipping – Crestron’s Single Wire, 48 Channel Multiroom Audio System

December 30, 2010 By Home Entertainment Editorial Staff

All-in-One Design Combines Amplifier, Matrix Switcher and Digital Audio Processor

Crestron today announced that its SonnexTM 24X8 Multiroom Audio System is now shipping. SonnexTM transmits 48 channels of uncompressed 24-bit HD audio long distances across a single shielded CAT5-type cable to up to 74 zones. Featuring single-wire digital bus technology, Sonnex substantially reduces the hardware and cabling requirements of traditional systems while delivering substantial power and sound quality.

The only connection required back to the main rack is a single shielded CAT5-type cable. Pulling bundles of speaker wire through walls and ceilings is virtually eliminated. Sonnex is expandable - up to eight 8-zone expanders for a total of 74 zones with 24 sources. All speaker wire is local, meaning no more time-consuming speaker wire home runs all the way back to the central rack.

Because the high efficiency design generates much less heat than traditional amplifiers, Sonnex requires less rack space by eliminating the empty "breathing" space between components. The challenges of overheating components and the hassles of cooling the rack by installing and programming fans are solved. Sonnex high-efficiency, cool-running design produces low power consumption while pumping 240 Watts per-channel @ 4 Ohms to up to 74 speaker zones.

Please note: The Sonnex is not a standalone component. A Crestron control system is required.

MSRP $6,200, not including installation and programming

For more information and to see a video clip on SonnexTM 24X8 Multiroom Audio System, click here

 Crestron Sonnex Single Wire Audio Processor




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