UPDATE: Vivadi Family creates a four-room AV network for £2999

Vivadi Family

Updated 23.08.11

We first saw this Vivadi system at the CEDIA Show in London in June, and now comes confirmation that it will be on sale in the UK from September.

Three systems will be available: the 'Family' system for £2999, 'Luxury' system for £3999 and 'Premier' system for £8999.

They've been designed to meet a range of specifications and budgets, but each will convey Full HD (1080p) pictures, 7.1 channel HD surround sound and deliver on-screen control all over the home.

Published 28.06.11

Simple, easy-to-install multiroom systems are all the rage here at CEDIA 2011, and the Vivadi Family set-up shown above is designed to create a four-room audio and video network for £2999.

At its heart is the MM322 MediaMaster which handles Blu-ray, DVD, CD, MP3, recorded TV, radio, photos and videos. It's suitable for driving a 1080p Full HD screen or projector, and a multichannel amp or receiver.

A 2TB hard drive is built in, along with twin Freeview HD tuners with 14-day EPG, and there's full internet access for web TV, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.

The Smart H1 client units will stream all the music and video content from the MM322 to other rooms in the home. The H1 can handle Full HD video with Dolby Digital and DTS 7.1 surround sound.

The client unit can also be fitted with a hard disk, enabling users to double the system's capacity to 4TB. This can be further increased by adding a USB hard disk drive and/or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.

As an alternative to the Smart H1 units, users can choose the more compact Vivadi Lite client (top right in the picture) which is smaller, but won't stream Blu-ray material. Upgrading from a Lite to a Smart H1 costs £20 per room.

A TCP/IP interface allows the system to be controlled using Crestron, AMX, Control 4, Pronto and Opus devices, or via an iPhone/iPad app.

All client units are connected to the MM322 MediaMaster using a standard Ethernet network with CAT 5 or CAT 6 cabling.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.