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NetStreams Releases New Musica Keypad With Integrated FM Tuner

Austin, TX — August 25, 2004 — NetStreams, the leader in IP-based Networked Audio/Video distribution, continues to redefine the distributed audio marketplace as it announces the new MU4602KP50-FM – the industry’s first ever in-wall keypad with an integrated FM Tuner (patent pending) as part of its Musica line. The easy-to-install audio distribution system, which delivers superior sound and highly interactive keypads, can now play selected FM radio stations in separate rooms, adding to the versatility and practicality of the Musica line.

“This new Musica MU4602KP50-FM keypad is compatible with the NetStreams Musica Audio Distribution System, allowing installers the flexibility of adding separate local FM tuners to one, two or all rooms in a system,” said Herman Cardenas, NetStreams founder and chief executive officer. “By integrating an FM tuner into the keypad, consumers can now enjoy different stations in each room of their distributed audio system-and NetStreams is the first to make this technology available.”

The MU4602KP50-FM keypad includes an integrated 50 watt/channel digital amplifier and 96 kHz / 24-bit Burr Brown Digital to Analog Converters for maximum audio fidelity. Control of the Musica System is intuitive and easy with large, soft touch buttons and an LCD screen. Faceplate color options of white, almond, ivory or black allow the MU4602KP50-FM to unobtrusively integrate with a user’s interior design.

The MU4602KP50-FM keypad is slanted to ship in September. Additionally, the keypad features a hook up for an FM antenna, which mounts in between studs during installation. This is an innovative and exciting addition to the Musica MU4602 line that began shipping in April.
NetStreams’ Musica MU4602 Audio Distribution System is designed to deliver superior audio performance and features interactive keypads that are very easy to install and operate. The advanced design of the Musica MU4602 places digital amplifiers in each room, behind each keypad, rather than in one central location. This improves sound quality by reducing noise, distortion and power losses as well as increasing reliability and simplifying the installation. Optional FM tuner keypads allow every room an independent selection of radio stations.

The Musica System’s Audio Ports are highly flexible allowing the output of the distributed audio to be coupled with a powered subwoofer or external amplifier, if so desired, as well as the input of a “local source” such as a TV monitor or cable box. The system will handle one local source per keypad/amplifier. Musica is capable of playing up to four different sources independently; distributing the sources to as many as 6 rooms per Audio Distribution Center (ADC). With additional ADC’s the system can expand to 18 rooms of audio.

The Musica MU4602 System Features:

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Sophisticated Control
The Musica system provides complete control of all aspects of sound in a room easily, right from the keypad. Listeners can enjoy different sources in each room at the same time. Built-in DSP allows local adjustment of bass, treble, balance, volume, and loudness for each room, individually.

Simplified Programming
The Musica System saves programming time. Installers simply program the IR codes for each source into any keypad and they are automatically stored centrally in the system. This eliminates the tedious task of programming each keypad with the same information over and over again.

Intelligent Muting
Musica can detect external signals like doorbells, intercom, and telephone rings. When these signals are detected, the system temporarily enters into a mute mode automatically. Musica gracefully ramps the volume back to a low background level 30 seconds later automatically.

Intuitive, Interactive In-Wall Keypad
The mini-wide-screen LCD in the Musica keypad provides an intuitive window into the operation of the system. The human interface has been designed with a “Look-and-Follow” window-style menu. The professionally designed, simple-to-use menus provide the ability to control the sources and any functions for the current room or any other rooms in the system.

Audio Port-Unequalled Versatility
The Audio Port makes it easy to play a local source, like a TV, game station, or MP3 player in the local room. The Audio Port’s output allows connection of a powered subwoofer for a complete audio experience. The output can also be fed to a local home theater system for playback of any sources connected to the Musica System.

High Performance Amplifier
The Musica MU290 Power Amplifier offers additional power for a really large room, an outdoor application, very inefficient loudspeakers, or simply to rock the house. The MU290 features superb performance, sleek appearance, robust construction, and high stability, and it is wired directly to the Musica keypad using standard CAT 5e cable.

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MUR2E Network Interface
The R2E creates an elegant web browser-based control of the Musica system to manage the entire system via a web browser, from a PDA, Web Tablet, Web TV or PC. The R2E features an attractive, intuitive user interface with three web screens. The R2E is compact in size, smaller than a deck of cards, and its built-in software requires no programming. A flash ROM allows for quick, easy software upgrades.

With its elegant simplicity in operation, beautiful industrial design and industry leading performance, Musica has achieved recognition as the new benchmark in distributed audio. Installers love its ease of use and reliability, as well as the modular approach with in-room amplifiers. Interior designers delight in the clean lines, changeable colors and trim-out options. Homeowners are pleasantly surprised by both the quality and affordability. And music lovers, at last, have all their music, easily accessible from any room they chose, with sound quality better than most home systems.

About NetStreams

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NetStreams provides sophisticated networked audio leading the marketplace in technological innovation. NetStreams is committed to utilizing state-of-the-art human engineering to create home entertainment products that are truly user-friendly and future-compatible. NetStreams is creating the future of home entertainment today.

For additional information on NetStreams and its innovative products, please visit

NetStreams and Musica are registered trademarks of NetStreams. Burr Brown is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments.

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