S3 heeft gisteren op een feestje van Real Networks voor het eerst de Rio Digital Audio Receiver gedemonstreerd. Met dit apparaat kan muziek via de telefoonaansluitingen van de PC naar andere kamers in huis overgebeamd worden. Bij gebruik van meerdere receivers kan per receiver het gewenste muziekje geselecteerd worden:
S3® Incorporated today announced its latest digital audio creation - the Rio Digital Audio ReceiverTM - a device that enables consumers to stream CD-quality music from a PC to any room in the house. The receiver works with existing phone lines to distribute the digital music collections beyond the home computer. The new Rio Receiver is being demonstrated today for the first time at the RealNetworks® (Nasdaq: RNWK) annual conference - Real Conference 2000 in San Jose - by CEO Rob Glaser.
To date, consumers have only had access to portable players as a way to hear their digital music beyond the PC. Now, consumers can play digital music selections in any room where a Rio Receiver can be placed. With multiple receivers, various digital music selections can be sent to different locations simultaneously. Individuals can choose what music they want streamed to each Rio Receiver by scrolling and searching their stored collection via controls on the unit, or by using the receiver’s remote control.
“We want our customers to have the freedom to stream their music to any place they want,” said Len Jordan, senior vice president, Consumer Appliances, RealNetworks, Inc. “S3’s new Rio Receiver is a great example of how easy it is to distribute and listen to digital music from the RealJukebox playlists throughout the home.”Out of the box, the Rio Receiver works with the industry-leading RealJukeboxTM software. It supports various digital music formats, such as MP3 and Microsoft’s® Windows MediaTM and can be upgraded to support formats developed in the future. The unit also works with other jukebox software such as Rio Audio Manager and comes with a built-in amplifier to ensure high-quality digital audio sound.
“We’re continuing to make good on our promise to take digital music beyond the PC,” said Mike Reed, director of marketing for S3’s Rio Audio Group. “The Rio Receiver provides consumers more flexibility to enjoy digital music in the living room, den or any other room, with no additional home computers or wiring.”