URC Highlights Total Control A/V Receivers with Home Automation Inside
During a CEDIA 2012 booth tour, Cat Toomey demos the complete Total Control audio, video, control system, highlighting the DMS-AV receiver with home automation inside.
Hundreds of dealers have been trained on the home theater/multiroom AV/home automation system, and 80 more attended the full-day training at CEDIA Expo 2012, according to marketing director Cat Toomey.
She lead EH Editor Lisa Montgomery through a booth tour at CEDIA, where she touted the gem in the Total Connect system—the DMS-AV home theater receiver, which also serves as a Total Connect home automation hub.
“It’s sort of not only URC’s foray into audio and high-end audio home theater gear,” she says, “but it’s also an exceptional product in terms of integrating the home theater with the whole house through our Total Control system.”
She suggests that the product is a great choice for consumers who might not be ready to take the whole-house plunge. They can get the DMS-AV now for their home theater, and add lights, thermostats, cameras and other home automation subsystems at a later date.
For those already well-versed in URC Total Control, the big news at the show was a TV GUI (via the new MRX-20) featuring overlays that let you control the A/V (or the whole home) without disrupting a program.
Now you know why URC goes by “URC” and not “Universal Remote Control” anymore.
CE Pro Blog Mobster Bjorn Jensen called the DMS-AV one of his favorite things at the Expo: “This product gives the integrator the chance to start a client off with a product that will give them the chance to add almost limitless control as soon as their client realizes they can add more and more functionality once they get hooked on something simple.”
Cat Toomey takes CE Pro on a URC booth tour at CEDIA Expo 2012
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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