29 January 2024

CUK adds Lode Audio to its Residential Lineup

CUK Group has secured exclusive rights to distribute LODE Audio’s premium multi-zone music streaming components in the UK and Ireland. LODE Audio specializes in high-performance bespoke tools for custom integrators, offering superior audio quality and seamless integration. Their range includes zone players with high-fidelity DACs and versatile control options compatible with major systems. The partnership aims to provide reliable solutions for superior audio quality and control in various sectors.

CUK Group has entered into an exclusive agreement to distribute LODE Audio’s multi-zone music streaming components to residential and commercial integrators across the UK and Ireland.

LODE Audio, crafted entirely in the UK, specializes in providing custom integrators with high-performance, bespoke tools tailored for superior audio quality, seamless integration, and easy access in the market niche between mainstream multiroom solutions and high-end single-room streamers.

Designed by custom integrators for custom integrators, LODE understands the demand for CI-oriented streaming solutions, offering local support for proprietary HD audio design, audio-over-IP architecture, control system drivers, and advanced API technology.

The LODE range includes the LA1D, LA2D, and LA4D one, two, and four-zone players, along with the compact POE-powered LA1 Mini single-zone player and the LA Dante four-zone Dante system, all designed to run smoothly on Ethernet from a router or switch. These zone players feature high-fidelity DACs with a wide dynamic range, converting various file formats to 32bit/48kHz for output to stereo RCA, S/PDIF optical, and coaxial for each zone.

LODE provides an array of control options for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and major control systems like Crestron, AMX, Control4, RTI, and ELAN, allowing users to navigate through popular streaming services and radio stations with ease. Apps and drivers are readily available from the LODE site for convenient integration.

Setup is simplified via Web-UI, and the system is scalable to up to 64 rooms of independent audio with minimal latency, offering proprietary drivers for seamless integration with major automation systems.

LODE’s versatility extends to residential, commercial, marine, and hospitality environments, offering special features such as custom scheduling tools for hospitality applications. Its LA Dante system caters specifically to marine and commercial installations, making it a comprehensive solution for various settings.

CUK Group’s Managing Director, Stuart Thomson, emphasizes the importance of providing high-quality streaming solutions to households, reaffirming the company’s commitment to the CI market. LODE’s Ed Stark highlights the partnership as a union of CUK’s dedication to service delivery and LODE’s expertise in multi-platform technology and local support, offering integrators a reliable solution for reclaiming the music streaming space with superior audio quality and control.