NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Photo Profile

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Photo Profile

NuVo Whole Home Audio System - System Overview Diagram
An overview diagram of the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start off this look at the NuVo Whole Home Audio System, here's an illustration of a basic setup.

The central component of the Nuvo system is the GW100 Wireless Gateway that functions as both a Wifi access point for the other components in the system. The GW100 connects your main internet router via Ethernet/LAN connection.

Once connected and sync'd to your main broadband router, the GW100 can access its available services from the internet and route those services to the players and other components connected in the system, such as the P200 and P100 wireless audio players shown in the illustration. Up to four players can be connected via wired connection, plus many more via Wifi, to the GW100 Gateway. The Gateway can accommodate up to 16 total players (also referred to as zones).

In addition, the entire system can be controlled via a compatible iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android (phone/tablet) via an application downloaded from the NuVo website.

Note: The CR100 wireless controller shown in the diagram has been replaced by iOS/Android device control via the downloadable app.

For a closer look at the GW100 Gateway and P200 and P100 players, as well as some examples of the control interface menus, proceed through the next series of photos...

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NuVo GW100 Wireless Gateway Access Point - Front and Rear View

NuVo GW100 Wireless Gateway Access Point - Front and Rear View
A photo of the front and rear views of the NuVo GW100 Wireless Gateway Access Point. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the front (top photo) and rear (bottom photo) views of GW100 Wireless Gateway that serves as the hub of the NuVo Whole Home Audio System.

The front of the unit is blank, except for the network sync button located on the far left side. Also, in the front view, you can see the larger portion of the wireless antennas, that are actually attached to the rear of the unit.

Moving to the bottom photo is a rear view of the GW100. You can see where the two antennas are attached, as well as the five provided LAN/Ethernet ports.

One of the Ethernet ports must be used to attach and link the GW100 to your current home network/broadband router. The other four ports can be used to connect to the players or they can be left empty and you can use the Wireless connection option instead, or you can use a combination of both, up to a total of 16 players.

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NuVo P200 Wireless Audio Player - Front and Rear View

NuVo P200 Wireless Audio Player - Front and Rear View
A photo of the front and rear views of the NuVo P200 Wireless Audio Player. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the P200 Wireless Audio Player that can be used in the NuVo Whole Home Audio System.

On the front(top photo), starting on the left, are volume up and down buttons, followed by the mute, and Bluetooth source buttons.

On the rear of the unit (bottom photo), starting on the left, is an Ethernet/LAN port (if wired connected to the GW100 Gateway is preferred over the P200's built-in WiFi connection), followed by a USB port (for access to music files stored on USB flash or external hard drives).

Moving further right, on the top row are a series of 3.5mmm analog audio connections (audio-in, audio-out, and setup mic). The audio in connection can be used to connect a variety of audio components, such as a CD player, Audio Cassette Deck, or portable music players. The audio output jack can be used for connecting the P200 to an additional amplifier, powered subwoofer, or headphones. The "setup mic" input for a future upgrade (possibly an equalization or room correction setup system).

Along the bottom of the rear panel of the P200 are the left and right channel speaker connections.

Finally, on the far right side of the P200 are the master on/off power switch and power cord receptacle (detachable power cord provided).

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NuVo P100 Wireless Audio Player - Front and Rear View

NuVo P100 Wireless Audio Player - Front and Rear View
A photo of the front and rear views of the NuVo P100 Wireless Audio Player. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the P100 Wireless Audio Player that can be used in the NuVo Whole Home Audio System.

On the front (top photo), starting on the left, are volume up and down buttons, followed by the mute button. Unlike the P200 shown in the previous photo, the P100 does not have a Bluetooth source button - it does not feature direct access from Bluetooth source components.

On the rear of the unit (bottom photo), starting on the left, is an Ethernet/LAN port (if wired connected to the GW100 Gateway is preferred over the P200's built-in WiFi connection), followed by a USB port (for access to music files stored on USB flash or external hard drives).

Moving further right, on the top row are a series of 3.5mmm analog audio connections (audio-in, audio-out). The audio-in connection can be used to connect a CD player, Audio Cassette Deck, portable music player, or other compatible components. Just as in the previously shown P200, the audio output jack on the P100 can also be used for connecting to an additional amplifier, powered subwoofer, or headphones.

Also, as a side note, the P100 does not have the extra "setup mic" input jack for future upgrades that is provided on the P200.

Along the bottom of the rear panel of the P100 are the left and right channel speaker connections.

Finally, on the far right side of the P100 are the master on/off power switch and power cord receptacle (detachable power cord provided).

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Settings Menu

NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Settings Menu
A photo of the settings menu for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

On this, and the remaining photo pages in this profile is a look at some of the operating menus of the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. An iPad running the iOS6 was provided to me for this review, from which I took the photo examples shown.

First up, here is a look a the NuVo Settings Menu:

Zones - Displays a list of the current number of zones you have connected to the system and where they are located. The Zones are identified both by name and preset icon (i.e. a couch is used to identify the living room, a bed is used to identify the bedroom, a cup of coffee for the breakfast nook, etc...). A total of 16 zone identifiers are included as that is how many zones can be accommodated by the system. Also, if you click on each Zone icon, you will be taken to the audio settings menu for each zone.

Gateways - Displays the number of GW100 Gateway units are being used in the system.

Controller - Identifies the controller software version.

Add a Nuvo Component - Allows the addition of additional Zone players or Gateways.

Music Library - Displays the sources that compose your music library (i.e. iTunes, PC, External USB Hard or Flash Drive, etc...

Music Services - Displays the list of the music services you have activated (The choices are TuneIn, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, and any others that may be provided through NuVo.

General - Displays the core information about your system, such as model, serial numbers, software version, and IP address of all your connected NuVo system components, as well as software update status, product registration information, and a system restart option if there is any need.

International - Displays your chosen location geographical location.

Help - Provides access to User and Troubleshooting Guides, as well as a direct problem reporting option, and also an online suggestion box.

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Library Menu

NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Library Menu
A photo of the library menu for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is an example of how an iTunes music library is displayed on the NuVo operating menu screen.

Other things to note in this photo is the master volume control and play icons on top bar, the source selection on black bar just below the top bar, the connected Zones displayed on the left side of the screen, and the source you are currently playing in the zone you are in on the right side of the screen. Different sources can be played in different zones at the same time.

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Add Internet Radio Services Menu

NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Add Internet Radio Services Menu
A photo of the add internet radio services menu for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the Nuvo operating menu showing the music services that can be added, in addition to the default TuneIn internet radio service. Note: Extra subscription fees may be required.

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - TuneIn Internet Radio Navigation Menu

NuVo Whole Home Audio System - TuneIn Internet Radio Service Navigation Menu
A photo of the TuneIn internet radio service navigation menu for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the TuneIn Internet Radio menu as displayed by the NuVo system.

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Internet Radio Station Listings Menu

A photo of the internet radio listings menu for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System
NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Internet Radio Station Listings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is how the TuneIn Internet Radio Service displays local radio stations. Each station is identified by their frequency, call letters, and genre, as well as their official station icon. You are able to play a single radio station in all zones or select a different radio station for each available zone. You can also play radio station is some zones and play a different source in another zone.

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NuVo Whole Home Audio System - Control Interface - Music Share Menu

A photo of the Music Share for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System
A photo of the Music Share for the NuVo Whole Home Audio System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this last photo is a look at the NuVo MusicShare Menu, which is a listing of your local network music sources, such as an iTunes library stored on a PC.

More Info

To dig deeper into the specifications, operation, performance, and pricing of the NuVo Whole Home Audio System, featuring the GW100 Gateway, and P200 and P100 Wireless Audio Players, also read my Full Review.

The NuVo Wireless Whole Home Audio System components are available through Authorized Dealers.

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