The Point includes a line input for feeding a local source into the whole-house audio network. Kussard stresses that the Avenue system is not just a convenient solution for retrofit applications. Rather, the system can jump-start an entire new business models for integrators.
"One of the messages I want to get out," he says, "is if I were running a custom installation company, I'd use this to start a whole new business, whether selling door to door or by word of mouth."
He explains that installers can turn around a turnkey system in 24 hours.
He imagines dealers pitching the system this way: "If I can get six zones of audio into your house, and I can do it by tomorrow, will you sign right now?"
Russound hasn't established the final pricing for Avenue but Kussard suggests an Avenue hub with three points of audio might retail for about US$4,000.
It is expected to ship this year, and will be joined in the future by other powerline-enabled products from Russound.