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post #1 of 10 Old 08-27-2012, 10:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Am at a point with the house building that I need to choose a system to distribute a/v to about 11 zones in the house. What do you guys recommend between the Niles or Russound system? Not into home automation so just want a decent system in place. One installer tells me the Niles is better as it can handle more power output for speakers but need to add on stuff for iPad or andriod control whereas the Russound I've seen has this interface built in. So having a tough time to decide as still a noob. Budget is somewhat flexible but we're not huge audiophiles. Prefer watching HD sports or movies.

Off topic, to stream movies off the NAS, would I need a media player/htpc etc connected to the tv to play?
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I suggest another opinion about the Russound, from a Russound dealer. Just to keep it even.

And yeah, too bad there isn't an off-the-shelf media server/NAS available, maybe something that's DuneHD and Sonos compatible, and yet more affordable than Kaleidescape.

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What major difference between the 2? How about Nuvo if Russound is out?
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Biased as I chose NuVo for my house, but still think it's the best option of the three. And I don't know a better one in that price range either. Higher-cost systems will get you into the automation realm - if you're not interested in that, won't be worth the extra cost. If you consider NuVo, you should treat the MPS4 (or MPS4/e) music server as a mandatory part of the system - both for the digital / Internet streaming sources, and that's also where the mobile/tablet device control comes into play...

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The obvious (relative) limitation of Nuvo is that it's audio only. Has worked well for my needs, though, too, with the MPS4 music server.

I wonder how well Vidabox's AV server, the LiivNAS, integrates with Russound for video.

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As an owner of a Russound solution, I think I would look elsewhere at this point. It's been ok but I would like more power in many of the zones.
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Not loud enough? Which model?

Russound makes amps for those zones that need more power. Nuvo does too.

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The Niles ICS GXR2 system, though not the newest kid on the block, has performed quite well for me. With their IM-NET Card, you can pipe in all of your music via a NAS drive (Can't recall the specifics of what the NAS drive needs to be running).

The 85W/channel (x12) at 4 ohms is more than enough in my house so I don't have any complaints. Their recent partnership with Elan is interesting, but you need a $1200 Elan G! controller (HC4 or better) if you want to have iPhone control. Otherwise, the portable iRemotes work well.

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If power is an issue i also have a R1250MC amp to compliment the Russound mca c5, This gives additional power to 4 zones and can also be added to

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How is Xantech or RTI compare? These 2 don't seem to be as popular due to price? Amongst the quotes I got so far Russound is the most cost effective.
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