Crestron, a world leading producer of smart control and home automation solutions, and Fusion Research, a renowned manufacturer of media servers, have announced a new collaboration. The companies used the ongoing CES 2018 tech show to roll out a new free music server driver which utilises both Crestron’s SmartObject Media Player interface as well as their recently released Generic Media Server Symbol.
The newly announced driver is available for use on all of Fusion’s award winning line of Summit music servers, first introduced in August 2016. That line up of audiophile grade music servers include the Solo, a single source piece with a Burr-Brown DAC and the Duet, a 1U rack-mountable two-source piece. Music services compatible with Fusion Research’s servers, meanwhile, include Spotify, Pandora, Tune-in, the commercial music service Sound Machine and soon, SiriusXM.
It is unsurprising, therefore, that Crestron’s manager of partner programs, Robert Bavolacco, was enthusiastic about the potential of his company’s new collaboration with Fusion Research:
‘Having Fusion’s line of music servers available for easy integration into Crestron systems is great for our dealers…their products are sold only through the integration channel and it gives our dealers yet another quality choice when meeting their customer’s music requirements.’
Fusion Research, too, were excited to announce the new Crestron approved free music server and their vice president of sales, Ingo Schmoldt explained why they jumped at the chance to work with the home automation specialists:
‘We’ve long felt that seamless Crestron integration is vital to our future, especially with our new commercial music service.’