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Devolo has launched its latest powerline Ethernet product: an 85Mb/s adaptor designed to connect a hi-fi to a mains-hosted network so it can play streamed music.

Devolo dLAN Audio Extender

Devolo's dLAN Audio Extender: ready for remote playback

The dLAN Audio Extender looks like a typical powerline adaptor, but in place of the usual Ethernet port on the bottom it has RCA stereo ports and a 3.5mm headphone-jack socket. A set of cables come bundled to connect the unit to your music player.

Devolo's also bundling one of its regular 85Mb/s powerline adaptors. This gets plugged into the mains and to your PC, this time with an Ethernet cable.

Devolo dLAN Audio Extender

The company's own software - Windows only, alas - taps into the operating system's own sound-control facilities, making the Audio Extender appear as a sound card, allowing you to choose it as your sound playback device in place of the on-board audio sub-system.

Whatever sound your system generates, from whatever application, is then sent out over the powerline link to the Audio Extender and a hi-fi or powered speakers.

Already got an 85Mb/s powerline network? The Audio Extender alone will set you back £80. Devolo's also offering a starter kit containing the Audio Extender, an 85Mb/s powerline adaptor and cables for £120.

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