Russound’s XStream™ X5 and DMS3.1 streamer get Spotify®
My Russound app updated with Spotify Connect® for X5 & DMS-3.1
Russound, innovators in whole house audio systems, distributed in the UK exclusively by The Multi-Room Company, has announced the addition of Spotify to its MyRussound app; bringing the much sought after benefits of Spotify to users of its DMS3.1 streamer and XStream X5 all in one streamer, amplifier and room controller.
To coincide with the addition of Spotify, the company has overhauled the user interface of its MyRussound app, making it much more intuitive and user-friendly and has also made the iOS and Android versions available free of charge. Enhancements to the look and feel include the provision of a slider bar volume control in place of the buttons, support for 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, Smart TV control features and press and hold functionality for source control screens.
Using Spotify with the DMS3.1 and XStream X5 requires the latest firmware for these devices, but once installed streaming music from the popular Spotify Premium service is simplicity itself. As Spotify Connect streams music directly from the Spotify servers, instead of from the tablet or smart phone, the music can continue to play even if the tablet/phone is disconnected from the Russound system or network. Spotify control is also available directly from the Russound TS-3 touchscreen and MDK keypad which can be used to control content on the X5 or DMS3.1.
Russound’s recently introduced X5 is an Apple AirPlay equipped streamer, amplifier and room controller, in one small but powerful device that creates a decentralised Ethernet/Wi-Fi-enabled networked audio system and improved TV sound solution; bringing all the benefits of streaming services to consumers, plus the ability for installers to give customers a more cohesive and consistent user experience.
The X5 features digital inputs, digital streaming, AirPlay, digital amplification at 50 watts per channel and a high-end DAC to deliver better quality audio performance than is traditionally associated with consumer focused streaming devices. Music from a NAS drive can be streamed to the X5 and also listened to throughout the home by linking multiple X5 units. The X5 can support local Bluetooth streaming of audio content from smart phones, tablets and laptops through its optional external receiver.
By connecting the digital output of a TV to the X5, sound quality from the flat panel can be dramatically improved and control of the connected TV, BD player, SKY box and other PVR has been made simple thanks to the X5’s IR learning capability for sources and compatibility with the My Russound App, making X5 a simple one box solution for all the consumer’s audio needs. XStream seamlessly connects with existing wired or wireless home networks and up to 16 X5 zones can be installed, with four rooms of audio streamed in sync at high-resolution 24bit/192kHz.
Mike Bonnette, The Multi-Room Company’s product director says, “With the addition of the very popular Spotify service, the X5 (and DMS-3.1) is now the product that our installer customers and their customers have been waiting for. Superb audio quality and the ability to listen to internet radio, networked music collections and to get better sound from TVs, while controlling the operation of the TV, Blu-ray and Sky box from the app have always been very desirable functions. But now, Spotify takes it up a gear and we are very excited to be able to bring this complete one-box audio solution to the UK – we know it’s going to be really popular.”