Several pieces of news have arrived from Bluesound: Lenbrook International, developers of the BluOS music management and operating system, has announced a new phase of collaboration with URC, and has also announced the release of Crestron certification of the new BluOS Media Player Driver.
Starting immediately, URC and BluOS have created integrations between URC’s Total Control residential and commercial automation platform, and BluOS. This allows seamless control of high-definition audio streaming via URC’s control products to BluOS-enabled products from Bluesound, Bluesound Professional, NAD Electronics, DALI Loudspeakers, and Monitor Audio.
The BluOS module provides two-way control and feedback of all BluOS devices. The Total Control 2.0 module features innovations like macro integration via two-way module commands and automation capabilities with Device Events; compatibility with any Total Control or Total Control Flex system; ability to assign a different Default Player to any/each interface; discovery and display of all supported BluOS devices in the system; source distribution such as a NODE 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streamer, which can be connected as a source to HDA amplifiers for streaming throughout the entire system; and the ability to generously configure and control macros and user settings.
“We are very pleased to team with BluOS to help residential and commercial consumers enjoy the benefits of superior audio distribution via our Total Control system,” says Lars Granoe, URC’s Vice President of Product. “This collaboration allows our dealers to continue to deliver superior sound experiences to luxury spaces.”
“URC is always innovating and supporting the custom installation market and their most recent innovation in supporting high definition audio products completely aligns to our values,” adds Andrew Haines, BluOS Product Manager. “We appreciate their support and guidance on developing a robust and feature rich module that delivers what dealers and customers need.”
This new BluOS Music Player Two-Way Module for URC Total Control systems is available for download in the URC Dealer Portal and at bluesound.com/downloads and on nadelectronics.com under supported products.
In other news, BluOS has announced the release and Crestron certification of the new BluOS Media Player Driver. This new driver along with the BluOS public API, provide Crestron integrators with a set of tools for implementing Hi-Res multi-room audio.
With a properly configured Media Server Object Router and user interface, you can browse libraries, services and presets and control the playback of the BluOS device.
With this new driver, Crestron integrators now have a content rich UI with full user controls like browse and search while streamlining the setup process. Additionally, it offers support for programmatic control of the player transport, volume and preset recall.
“Crestron is excited to announce availability for the BluOS updated media player integration,” says Ekin Binal, Audio Solutions Manager at Crestron. “BluOS provides a feature-rich, audiophile quality media streaming experience that integrates seamlessly with Crestron automation solutions, providing an optimal user experience.”
“The new BluOS Crestron Media Player Driver is a large leap forward in our ability to integrate BluOS with Crestron in a way that offers end users a level of control and browse capabilities similar to what would likely be used in the BluOS app,” adds Joe de Jesus, Product Manager, Custom Installation, Lenbrook International.
The new BluOS Media Player Driver includes support for Bluesound, Bluesound Professional, and NAD products; automatic player discovery and static IP settings; now playing information, playback controls, play queue management, source selection (including analog, optical, coaxial, and HDMI uxiliary inputs), content browsing, searching and preset selection; programmatic control to now playing information, playback controls and preset selection; and support for all BluOS languages.
This new BluOS Media Player Driver v1.0.1 is available for download in the Crestron Application Market, at http://www.bluesound.com/downloads and on the NAD Electronics website under supported products. The BluOS Crestron Media Player Manual, included in the download, covers the specific functions carried out by our driver.