Ballston Spa, New York–January 2007–ReQuest, the leader in digital audio music-servers for home entertainment and media systems worldwide, is positioned for an exciting 2007 with new products, updates to its powerful Serious Play software, increased CD storage capacity, and an unequalled level of compatibility with Apple’s iTunes software.
According to Bill McKiegan, the company’s VP of Sales & Marketing, ReQuest music servers will be revamped to be more powerful, more affordable, and more accessible than ever before. “Each of the ReQuest product lines will feature greater functionality and increased CD storage capacities–all at lower prices,” says McKiegan. “All ReQuest servers will now come standard with NetSync for iTunes, including our entry level model, the N1.200. We have increased storage capacity 50 percent on this model alone and we’ve dropped pricing more than a third to an exciting and very accessible $1,500 price point. We’re confident that our new 2007 products will make it easier for music lovers to enjoy a ReQuest music server than ever before.”
ReQuest’s four music-server families, the N-Series, F-Series, ARQIVE, and flagship S-Series, now feature models with minimum CD-equivalent capacities of 200 discs, topping out on the flagship S-Series and ARQIVE back up systems at a mind-boggling 2500 discs (more than four months’ of no-repeat, full-fidelity music). Of course, all ReQuest music servers continue to feature the audiophile-grade circuitry and compression-free format WAV and FLAC options, and thus the truly high-end sonics for which ReQuest servers are well known, as well as the full range of data-efficient MP3 formats that maximize storage for streaming and portable listening.
Just as significantly, all ReQuest music servers now utilize the new Serious Play operating system, which brings numerous performance improvements as well as some important new features. A new “NetSync for iTunes” plug-in automatically locates the music server on the home network and transfers music and playlists (and any user-edits of music “metadata”) from iTunes to the ReQuest server. Conversely, recordings and playlists added to the ReQuest are seamlessly integrated into the iTunes library and ready for automatic synchronization to iPods. Also among the many new powers is ReQuest’s Automatic Dual Encoding (ADE), which can be selected to transparently make two copies of each selection: one at a higher bitrate (or uncompressed) for full-resolution, serious listening at home, and a second, lower-bitrate encoding for ready transfer to iPods in compact size, and for streaming off-site over the Internet for listening at remote locations such as the office, a second home, or during travel.
For the first time, families with multiple iPod’s can use their ReQuest server as a hub to share libraries and enjoy their entire music collections anywhere–in another room of the house, in the car, traveling, at work or even streamed over the Internet onto a personal computer in a hotel room or office. Additionally, owners of one or more ReQuest servers can sync music collections to each system whether it’s located across town or anywhere in the world using ReQuest’s patented NetSync technology.
Continuing, VP Bill McKiegan said, “Since ReQuest introduced the world’s first music server to the industry, we have continued to provide innovative technologies designed to enhance the user experience. For the coming year, we plan on making several announcements and introductions that will reinforce our leadership role in this category.”
ReQuest Inc.’s manufacturing, engineering, testing, and office facilities are located in Ballston Spa, New York. The company’s home-entertainment systems have set the standard for high-end digital media storage, management, playback, and system integration since 1998. ReQuest’s award-winning music servers and video-management systems are the accepted leaders in cutting-edge technology. The company enjoys being regarded as having the best service in the industry, with an installed base of more than 18,000 units. Recently, ReQuest was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the top 500 fastest-growing private businesses in America for the second year in a row.
For more information about ReQuest, visit www.request.com.