M3 amplifier expands Asano multiroom audio system
At ISE 2018, Basalte introduces the Asano M3. This amplifier offers two stereo zone outputs (50W per channel) and can support one third-party amplifier. It integrates with KNX through the Basalte music server. Included features are direct Bluetooth streaming, multiple source inputs and custom notifications.
Asano is a decentralised multiroom audio system by Basalte. It brings crystal clear music in every room of a building and directly integrates with KNX. The system combines an unseen flexibility and scalability with a smooth and sleek design. The new M3 amplifier is the latest addition to the Asano amplifier range.
M3 powers 2 stereo zones with an output of 2 x 50W per zone. You can additionally connect a third – party amplifier or surround receiver to the digital SPDIF output. For even more power, you can bridge the two zones into one 2 x 100W output. For more zones, you can also get up to 4 mono zones with a 50W output each.
Thanks to its slim design and elegant look, M3 can easily be put near a source in your home. This helps to reduce cable lengths and costs. You can connect a TV to the optical input and add an analogue source through the 3.5 mm mini jack input (like a CD player, Google Chromecast or an Amazon Echo Dot).
Controls & features
M3 is controlled by the Basalte S4 music server and supports audio-over-Ethernet. This means that every source connected to M3’s inputs immediately becomes a source for all other zones in the Asano system.
You can use the integrated notifications to set pre-recorded audio files as alerts around the house, for example as a doorbell. The integrated Bluetooth receiver lets you connect your phone or tablet to play any song in any Asano zone.