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Russound iBridge Bay

by September 06, 2007
Filed under: Media Centers/Servers

Are you an Apple fan who has been looking for an excuse to purchase a Mac Mini?  Well Russound may have your ticket.  Today I saw the iBridge Bay (which was introduced at the 2007 CES show in Las Vegas) at CEDIA 2007 and it will ship this month.  This is a really cool product that makes the Mac Mini a legitimate media server.

The iBridge Bay is a device that combines with an Apple Mac Mini computer and iTunes to become a media server for a multiroom audio-video system. From any zone in the system, users can access digital content, including video and photos. With the iBridge Bay, any iTunes content on an affordable Mac Mini becomes available throughout a Russound RNET system.

The iBridge Bay offers a fixed in-home solution for managing music, photographs and video through one convenient device that fits snugly beneath an Apple Mac Mini, which acts as a single-stream media server. Users can even access videos purchased from iTunes, or any other files in iTunes’ video format, and display them on a television or monitor connected to the Russound RNET multiroom audio-video system.

Designed to adapt a Mac Mini into a dedicated media server, the iBridge Bay gives full control of iTunes media to RNET keypads and touchscreens. Users are able to control iTunes functions such as Play, Pause, Next Song, Previous Song, Playlist Up, and Playlist Down. Touchscreens like the UNO-TS2 and UNO-TS2D allow added features such as the ability to select media by playlist, genre, artist, or album. Users can exit the RNET system with the touch of a button and return to the Mac Mini's operating system.  MSRP is $599.

For more information:  www.russound.com

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Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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