Multi Room Audio for RefitsAuthor: David Rodarte of NuVo TechnologiesWhen will multi-zone, multi-source audio be truly retrofittable, so that the rest of us can get a fully-functional system in our homes without needing to tear up our walls?
Retrofit-friendly multi-room audio will be truly possible very, very soon. This year, NuVo will ship a multi-room audio system that runs over the electrical wiring already in every home. This system, called Renovia, will be based on the HomePlug 1.0 standard for power line communications (PLC). This standard and this technology are tested and proven.
The retrofit market has always been a difficult prospect for multi-room audio because, as you said, the installer needs to cut holes in drywall and run Cat-5 wiring throughout the house. That's why the multi-room audio industry has historically sold in new construction, where the walls are open and running the wire isn't a messy, expensive job that involves cutting and then patching holes in drywall. Traditionally, in an existing home, no matter how great the desire the homeowner might have for multi-room audio, it's usually not a realistic option because of the logistics involved, or because the homeowner concludes that it's simply not worth it the aggravation and expense.
That calculus will change rapidly because of PLC-based multi-room audio solutions. The infrastructure is already in place in 100 percent of homes. It'll be up to manufacturers like us, our dealers and media outlets like HomeToys to get the word out and educate the public about PLC multi-room audio and what it can do.
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