With the huge wave of tablets and smartphones hitting a decade into the millennium, consumer-electronics manufacturers are constantly trying to find new and better ways of integrating mobile devices with every piece of electronics out there. One example is AV receiver manufacturers offering control apps for smartphones and tablets. One company in particular is putting a lot of emphasis on this in their products—Indy Audio Lab's Acurus brand.
The made-in-USA manufacturer recently gave a sneak peek of a new preamplifier-processor, the ACT-4. Enveloped with a rich and intuitive graphical interface, the ACT-4 is a breeze to set up. Not only is the UI available on smartphones and tablets, a similar interface can be found on the front LCD of the unit.
“People today are accustomed to rich UI [user interface] experiences on their smart phones, tablets, and in their vehicles. Even special-purpose devices like thermostats and refrigerators have attractive, intuitive, web-based interfaces,” states Ted Moore, CTO, Indy Audio Labs. “While many competitors in home A/V still rely on antiquated two-line character displays, today’s customers expect much more, especially from a piece of high-end gear. We’ve integrated a front-panel touchscreen that more closely resembles a mobile phone with full-color graphics and simple-to-comprehend icons.” From CePro
“To provide our customers with the modern interface they want, we’ve built in a rich graphic display in our new preamps and home theater processors that provides the level of convenience and control modern customers have come to expect,” boasts Land. “Our rich UI is accessible not only from the front panel of the unit, but also through our web app built into every product we make. This saves time and reduces the typical hassles associated with setup and operation of an A/V system.” From CePro
Other big news about this unit is that it utilizes Indy Audio's proprietary Enhanced Ethernet Control (E2C) technologies, which allow its products to be recognized by other devices on the home network.
This was only a small glimpse into the new ACT-4. I think it's great to add a new contender to the roster of pre-pros, and this one offers new potential to anyone who is in the market for one. The ACT-4 will be available at CEDIA Expo 2013 and is expected to ship later this year with an MSRP of $3999.
For more info, check out www.acurusav.com
What do you think? Is a graphical interface important to you?