NAS-2.6 stores and streams up to 2,600 hours of audio to four independent analog zones and up to 12 Net-Tune clients for the ultimate music library
UPPER SADDLE RIVER (4/5/05) - - Integra has introduced the NAS -2.6 multizone Net -Tune audio server, capable of ripping, storing, and distributing over two thousand of hours of music. The unit is capable not only of streaming audio to up to 12 Net -Tune client devices, but also features four independent zone outputs for fixed/variable line -level distribution to conventional audio gear, making it one of the most versatile whole -home audio centerpieces currently available.
As the library of an entire music collection, the NAS -2.6 makes finding and accessing music a snap. Integra's NAS -2.6 can record and store up to 2600 hours worth of digital audio as uncompressed or compressed data files on 160 GB of hard drive space. When connected to a home network, the hard drive is available to home PCs as an external device, making it simple to transfer music between the server and other devices, such as a portable MP3 player.
The NAS -2.6's built -in CD drive is capable of a 22x 'ripping' speed, storing a typical album to the hard drive in under five minutes. The server can store audio as uncompressed PCM files, or at MP3 bit -rates of 128 kbps, 192 kbps VBR (variable bit rate), or 320 kbps.
When storing new music, the NAS -2.6 can automatically retrieve information on the recording, such as Genre, Artist, Album, and Track names via Gracenote's online CD Database (CDDB2), so organizing files is a snap. Music files can be easily sorted and played back by song, albums, artist, genre, or custom playlists.
Using the rear -panel Ethernet jack, a single Cat -5 cable can be used to connect the NAS -2.6 to networked home PCs and up to 12 audio 'clients', either stand -alone units such as Integra's NAC -2.3, or Net -Tune ready home theater components such as the DTR -10.5 receiver, or DTC -9.4 processor. The NAS -2.6 can access the Internet either by broadband connection or using the built -in dialup modem.
For distribution to audio equipment without Net -Tune client functionality, the NAS -2.6 includes four rear panel analog outputs. Each of these zone outputs can be used as a completely independent audio source, delivering line -level audio to additional receivers or zone amplifiers, with complete control via IR input, RS -232 port, or using IP protocol over the network.
The Integra NAS -2.3 uses Imerge's XiVA platform to manage the storage and distribution of digital media files, with user control from the front panel, infrared remote, and networked PCs.
The Integra NAS -2.6 will be available in April at a suggested retail price of $3,600.
Integra designs and manufactures premium Home Theater receivers, processors, amplifiers, and DVD players that are specifically designed to meet the needs of custom audio/video systems installers. Systems integration and convergence technology protocols include RS -232, A -BUS, IR and on -board Ethernet for network connectivity and TCP/IP control. As a division of Onkyo, Integra has access to vast technical resources, and bears a proud heritage of over 50 years of audio engineering excellence. For more information about Integra and its many fine products, visit www.integrahometheater.com or call 800 225 -1946.