THE PROBLEM WITH DISTRIBUTED AUDIO systems up until now is that most of them worked from a central media server. The systems could send audio throughout the house, but the homeowner couldn't initiate audio from every room.
Now, Oxmoor Corp. has Zon (pronounced Zone) Whole House Audio products, which let homeowners source audio content from anywhere and distribute it to any room in the house.
“What we like to say is that it inputs where you want them and outputs where you need them,” says Lynn McCroskey, Oxmoor's president and CEO.
Oxmoor features the team that developed sound for Imax Corp. Zon was conceptualized in 2002 to bring Imax-level audio quality to a broader set of consumers. Products started shipping in 2003. The core product consists of a 60-watt controller, an input module, and a router. The controllers and input modules get dispersed throughout the house, and the router gets placed in a basement wiring closet. The 60-watt product also features a whole-house paging system and baby monitor.
McCroskey highlights four important points for builders: