I don't know what is it about them, but I like the concept of ip addressable devices. The June 2005 issue of Sound & Vision, has an interesting article on these devices. It actually mentions some great sounding devices.
NetStreams has IP-Based audio streaming technology. This allows you to have an audio system that has unlimited amount of zones. In fact, Polk has a speaker line that uses NetStreams' technology. Their LCi-p line will play the streams that are broadcast in the NetStreams format. The speakers also include a DSP to make music sound better for their location. These speakers will not be inexpensive. The will run for $2000 - $3500 per pair.
I really like the concept of ip addressable devices for mainly two reasons:
- Allow data to be shared among the different devices.
- Get more use out of my broadband connection.