Austin, TX (February 25, 2005)–NetStreams has announced a new addition to its line of DigiLinX IP-based multi-room audio products, the MediaLinX MLA101. The MediaLinX MLA101 legacy audio converter integrates seamlessly with the world’s first component XM Radio tuner, the XRt12 manufactured by Polk Audio.
The two products interface via a serial-to-RS232 connection, allowing for XM Radio listeners to select XM radio stations on DigiLinX’s TouchLinX touchpanel controls, as well as see all the data (artist, title, genre) bundled with each song.
“Adding the newest model MediaLinX to our DigiLinX line opens up a host of integration possibilities with RS-232-controllable products,” said Herman Cardenas, CEO and founder of NetStreams. “Polk Audio is the first of many manufacturers who are releasing IP-compatible products that integrate with DigiLinX. The shift to using IP-based products will take home entertainment to a new level of richness, with product performance becoming more impressive, and capabilities becoming more varied. DigiLinX is the premier platform for harnessing all of the functions of IP products with a control interface that’s completely intuitive for any user.”
The MediaLinX MLA101, as well as the MLA100, introduced in fall 2004, both convert audio from legacy sources, in real time, to TCP/IP lossless audio streams for playback over the DigiLinX multi-room audio/video system. The MLA101 adds a 3.5mm input to RS-232 for communication via RS-232 with legacy sources, such as CD/DVD players, cassette decks and radio tuners.
Al Baron, Polk Audio’s product line manager, said, “The flexibility of IP communications is giving custom installers the flexibility to build audio distribution systems that integrate virtually any audio source with neverbefore- seen simplicity of control. We’re very pleased to be working with NetStreams on setting the standard for the future of home entertainment.”