About this project
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Musaic is a new kind of HiFi system made up of wireless speakers that you place around your home, designed from the ground up for sound quality and ease of use.
But Musaic is not just a HiFi system, it’s an Internet of Things connected device. Musaic can create and control lighting moods, integrate with security and other home automation technologies in novel ways and be part of a Smart Home. Read more about lighting control and watch a demo video.
Read what Stuff magazine thought about Musaic after a hands-on demo at the Gadget Show Live: "...the certainly pump out impressive sound... plenty of depth and dynamic range."
Musaic works with your home WiFi to play music from your mobile devices, Mac or PC, plus internet based streaming services such as Grooveshark, Aupeo, Rhapsody, Napster, iHeartRadio, SomaFM, Murfie and TuneIn. Musaic uses the new Qualcomm® AllPlay™ smart media platform. This technology allows you to play music from these streaming apps directly to our speakers for the full experience of your favourite app.
You can also enjoy thousands of online radio stations from all around the world at the touch of a button.
Because Musaic can play music from most home devices, the whole family can enjoy it, even if they use different types of smartphones, tablets, computers or laptops.
Use more than one Musaic unit to build a whole-home audio system. Play different music through different Players at the same time or the same music through multiple Players in perfect sync (great for entertaining).
What makes Musaic unique?
- True HiFi sound quality - Every Musaic product has been designed in London by our music obsessed team for one primary goal, awesome audio performance.
- Total compatibility - Musaic works with almost any device and maximises the sound quality of almost any file type including 24-bit for the ultimate in high-fidelity.
- Part of the connected smart home - Create and control lighting moods and integrate with other home automation technologies.
Musaic frees you from poor sounding and incompatible speaker docks, cables and range problems. See how Musaic solves this family's music enjoyment issues in our short animation.
Our speakers have been created to deliver truly fantastic sound quality. For instance our team designed the electronics so that the audio can be transmitted and reproduced digitally without compressing the audio in any way. Every component has been selected, designed, tested, auditioned and tweaked by us for sound quality.
Musaic plays all standard MP3 and AAC files plus loss-less WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC. For true audiophiles there is an Ethernet connection as well as WiFi and playback of 24-bit studio master files at up to 24 Bits/192kHz for the ultimate in high-fidelity.
Apps for Apple and Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs
Ease of use is central to Musaic. Use the free Musaic Control apps for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer to control your Musaic system and wirelessly browse and play your music wherever it comes from.
Browse by artist, album or genre, set presets, adjust bass and treble and control where your music is played through a rich and easy to use icon based interface.
The PC and Mac versions of the app also feature metadata clean-up, to fix broken track names and missing album art and can rip CDs and more.
The connected smart home
If desired Musaic can become part of a connected smart home. Musaic can already control dimmers, bulbs and switches from leading lighting brand LightwaveRF.
We are also working with a range of other brands to allow Musaic to interact with lighting, security and more. This is made possible by the AllJoyn™ technology we use.
We're part of a powerful industry association called the AllSeen Alliance™, run by the Linux Foundation. Musaic is a founder member along with brands such as Qualcomm, HTC, AT&T Digital Life, LG, Panasonic, Haier, Cisco, D-Link, Sharp. LIFX and Wigwag.
In particular we are working closely with LIFX and WigWag (both Kickstarter successes) on integrating their products and ours.
'We are delighted to be working with Musaic on this exciting and ground breaking project. The synergy between their wireless audio system and our wireless lighting is compelling and allows anyone to create a smart home without the extra wiring, complexity and cost of traditional systems.'
John Shermer, Chief Executive, Lightwave RF
'By integrating wireless multi-room audio with the connected home capabilities of the Alljoyn framework, Musaic is exactly the sort of concept we were hoping the Allseen Alliance would kick-start. It’s a real pleasure to watch an exciting start-up work collaboratively with other companies to achieve an innovative smart-home product eco-system based on a shared open source codebase.'
Liat Ben-Zur, Chair of the AllSeen Alliance
Musaic is a start-up based in the heart of London's thriving 'Tech City' area, a vibrant community of media and technology companies. A small but passionate team, we have decades of combined experience in the HiFi and consumer electronics industry.
Musaic was founded by CEO Matthew Bramble, who himself has over 20 years’ experience in consumer electronics, having worked with some of the biggest brands in the UK and USA. Matthew has designed many award winning products over his career, and has a long history in the HiFi industry.
We've worked hard and spent a lot of our own money to get to the stage we are now. We even secured some investment along the way. We're now at an advanced stage but the plastic injection mould tools are very expensive and we need to pay for approvals to be able to legally sell the products to the public. We've calculated we are about £60k GBP or $100k USD short.
We've come to Kickstarter to try and raise the extra funds - we hope you'll like our products and help us do this through pledging your support.
We have a fantastic set of pledges - most of these involve you getting the first MP5s or MP10s at a great set of prices. Early birds will get an even better deal! If that’s not enough, every person who places a pledge for an MP5, MP10 or a system package will receive two months of Rhapsody Premier or Napster Unlimited absolutely free!
We really appreciate your support and will always have a thank you page on our website - where you'll be immortalised as an original backer of Musaic.
See the list of pledges on the right for full information and click on the big green button at the top right of the page to pledge.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we have faced with Musaic was producing the initial functional prototypes. We had to design the look of the product, find a factory, have bespoke speaker drive units made, design all the mechanical parts, design the electronics and lay-out all the circuit boards. We also had to write a lot of code both for inside the units and for their control apps.
With this stage past we are now in a position to realistically assess the work going forward.
We recently previewed a fully working system at the CES 2014 show and have working samples of the MP5 and MP10 as well as a working iPad and iPhone app, and a PC app.
We’re almost there, but we do need to continue to build our Android app and Mac app and most importantly, we need to tool and gain approvals for the products.
There is a risk that we may experience issues with gaining approvals – it isn’t unusual to fail on first submission. However we feel our previous experience will allow us to work through any issues.
We’re also likely to come across bugs in the software. To mitigate this we have a fully ‘over the air’ system so we can make push out automatic updates to the software and firmware via the internet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No, Musaic Players work on normal 802.11b/g/n WiFi. This is the type of WiFi you almost certainly have at home already. All you will need to do is tell the Player your WiFi network password. This is very simple to do and can be done from any phone, tablet or computer. Once connected you won’t need to do anything further. You can also use Ethernet if you wish.
Yes, our apps can browse standard UPnP/DLNA servers and allow you to play music from these servers to Musaic players.
Yes, each Musaic player has a 3.5mm stereo mini jack input on the back that is ready for a wide range of equipment. With a suitable lead you can connect the headphone output of a TV or the output of an MP3 player, PC/Laptop, Airport Express or other device.
The MP5 has acoustics optimised for spaces such as dens, kitchens or bedrooms. It features two full range speakers and 36W of total power.
The MP10 delivers deeper bass and more power. The MP10 has three speakers including a built in Subwoofer with a total power of 60W for larger spaces such as living rooms, entertainment spaces or larger offices.
Yes, when playing albums where each song/track/movement is recorded in the same format each part will be played gaplessly (as long as the material itself is gapless, we don’t cross fade).
As far as we can tell the answer is yes. The details on PonoMusic haven’t been fully revealed yet but it seems the music will be sold as various FLAC encoded formats at up to 24Bits and 192kHz without DRM (Digital Rights Management – an extra layer of encryption). As Musaic can play all these formats we expect to be totally compatible with PonoMusic files.
We have been engaged with Spotify for some time and they have confirmed they will issue us an SDK (these are the special software tools needed for integration).
Spotify are understandably very careful about testing and verifying any implementation before it is given approval so we need to go through that process.
We believe we have all the right hardware requirements and of course a very high quality audio system so we don’t anticipate problems, and do have all intentions of supporting Spotify.
• Musaic does not require you to purchase a special Bridge product as all Musaic Players, including the first Player, can connect via normal WiFi.
• Musaic offers the ability to recall the in-built internet radio or other presets straight from the Players, without the use of your phone or tablet.
• Musaic offers Bluetooth as well as WiFi for total convenience and compatibility.
• Musaic plays 24 bit studio master files for the ultimate in high fidelity
• Musaic allows the direct use of native streaming apps so you experience the full features of each service, such as social media connections and shared playlists
• Musaic allows you to control your lighting and integrates with home automation technologies.
Alljoyn is a common language for the Internet of Everything.
Our homes, our cars, and the things around us are getting smarter every day. AllJoyn™ is the open source project that lets the compatible smart things around us recognize each other and share resources and information across brands, networks, and operating systems.
Initially developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc, and hosted by the AllSeen Alliance, AllJoyn gives manufacturers and developers the tools they need to invent new ways for smart things to work together.
Musaic are founder members of the Allseen Alliance and use Alljoyn to talk to products such as smart ligthbulbs from LIFX and smart hubs from WigWag. More and more companies are joining the alliance and using Alljoyn to make their products smarter and more interoperable.
It is the Alljoyn technology that will allow Musaic to play messages when you your plant is ‘thirsty’ or select a lighting scene to match the music you are playing.
AllPlay™ is a smart media platform from Qualcomm® for high-quality whole-home audio that puts you in control of your favorite music whether you are a demanding audiophile or an everyday music fan. Allplay is based on Alljoyn.
Speakers and audio devices enabled with AllPlay can wirelessly work together throughout the home even if they are from different brands.
Apps enabled with Allplay can wirelessly play to any of these speakers. It doesn’t matter if the phone is based on Android or Apple or it’s a PC or Mac program, if it's Allplay enabled it just works.
App makers such as Rhapsody, Napster, iHeartRadio, Aupeo and SomaFM and hardware makers such as Musaic, Panasonic and Altec Lansing have all signed up to Allplay to make products that are compatible with each other and create an open cross platform system without the usual compatibility issues.
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