Why is URC Getting into Surround Sound Business?

Networked TSP-2000 receiver streams audio throughout the house; features 9.2 surround at 125 watts per channel.

URC's networked TSP-2000 receiver as demonstrated at CEDIA 2011

The company formerly known as Universal Remote Control – as in, “We make remote controls”— showcased its first surround-sound receiver during CEDIA Expo 2011, the 9.2-capable TSP-2000 with 125 Watts per channel.

Why bother? Same reason URC bothered with its own whole-house audio system: It fits seamlessly into the Total Control ecosystem, both in integration and programming.

“It’s easy to program with URC Accelerator,” says URC’s Peter Pittner, referring to the company’s popular platform for configuring, yes, remote controls.

And here’s another reason, according to Pittner: “The TSP-2000 gives the ability to send and receive multicast audio streams via its Ethernet port.”

Thus, there is two-way audio sharing between anything connected to the receiver and anything connected to URC’s multizone audio system—analog sources included.

Pittner says URC decided to get into the surround sound business because it can be otherwise challenging to integrate third-party receivers into a home control system.

Putting a receiver into the Total Control ecosystems lets integrators generate macros and GUIs on the fly and “cut their programming by a third,” Pittner says.

The TSP-2000 (no price, no ship date) joins URC’s forthcoming 7-inch iPad-looking touchscreen as the latest members of the Total Control family.

Get all the details in the video and image below.

VIDEO: Peter Pittner demos URC TPS-2000 surround receiver at CEDIA 2011


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