We have been trying round for a sound system for the upstairs bedrooms within the Automated Home when, by a contented coincidence, Soundvision Technologies bought in contact to ask if we’d prefer to check out their VSSL A.1 music streaming amplifier.
VSSL (pronounced Vessel), together with TruAudio, are a part of the Soundvision Technologies household which is finest recognized for his or her high-end audio system, customized set up merchandise and spectacular outside subwoofers and sound programs.
Their streaming amplifier vary has 3 fashions, the 6-Zone A.6, the 3-Zone A.3 and the only zone A.1 we have now right here. It can be utilized to supply music in a single room and supply an enlargement path to type a part of a multi-zone, whole-house audio system too.
The A.1 has a 2 channel amp (35 watts at 8Ω, or 50 watts at 4Ω) and has on-board assist for each Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming. Round the again there’s a complete set of digital and analogue I/O which makes the versatile A.1 helpful for a number of purposes.
- Digital Coax
- Digital Optical
- Digital Coax
- Digital Optical
It is paying homage to a black Mac mini in form and dimension (dimensions 189mm x 221mm x 51mm) and that footprint features a built-in PSU too. Its ft are held on with magnets so simply eliminated, decreasing its peak to simply 43 mm. This, together with the Integrated Wall Mount means it may be hidden behind a TV, or match inside 1U on a 19″ rack.
The ‘Line Out Only’ change turns the A.1 right into a supply (no amp) must you want to join it to an present setup. In our case we’re benefiting from the on-board amplifier which appears superb for ceiling or bookshelf audio system.
Part of the distinctive proposition right here is that the unit is setup and managed utilizing the Google Home app. We powered up the A.1, counting on simply its builtin WiFi (moderately than utilizing its Ethernet) and it instantly appeared on our scan.
After following the guided setup the A.1 was assigned to the bed room and able to go. Next we related the audio system that are wired up utilizing Phoenix terminal connectors. These are a pleasant contact which trace at TruAudio’s customized set up heritage.
On the opposite finish of the speaker cables is a pair of TruAudio’s B.23 bookshelf audio system. Lastly a phono cable related the sub out on the A.1 to the TruAudio’s CSUB-10 energetic subwoofer.
There aren’t any buttons in any respect on the unit itself and I’d prefer to see no less than a mute button added. The included IR receiver is intelligent although. This plugs into the A.1’s rear panel and could be sited remotely (superb if the streamer is in a cupboard or behind a TV). Using the VSSL App (Android and iOS) you may study buttons from most IR remotes (your TVs quantity controls for instance), permitting you to regulate the audio with out having to tug your cellphone out of your pocket. The VSSL app can also be used to configure numerous features of the system, together with naming zones and setting the graphic equaliser.
Everything was up and working in round 20 minutes.
The A.1 has built-in assist for Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, Spotify Connect and DLNA. That means you may stream to it from Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Pandora, SoundCloud and plenty of others.
With twin band WiFi (2.4 GHz / 5.8 GHz MIMO) we have been capable of place the A.1 anyplace spherical the home and depend on the wi-fi community. There’s a tough wired possibility too and with 2 Ethernet ports you’ll nonetheless have one free within the room.
We related it to our bed room TV utilizing the optical enter. That native enter can then be streamed to different rooms too – so that you could be listening to the night information for instance from this TV in some other room with a VSSL zone.
What TruAudio is aiming to do right here in a means jogs my memory of Apple AutomotivePlay and Android Auto. They are taking away the necessity to watch for the OEM to develop or replace options, getting out of the way in which and letting you employ your most well-liked apps as an alternative. And in our e book, that’s an excellent factor.
The TruAudio vary is on the market within the UK from distributors LinITX.com and go to vssl.com for extra info.
In Part 2 we’ll check out the audio system and subwoofer we’re pairing with the A.1 and checkout the voice management options and sound high quality of this setup in motion.
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