URC Intros New Control Hub, Full Multiroom Audio, IP Cams
In addition to the new MRX-10 controller and two new remotes, URC will debut at CEDIA a complete multiroom audio system including two amps, streaming media player and keypad.
There’s a new multiroom audio company in the CE pro channel, but you probably already have an account with them: URC.
At CEDIA 2010, the popular manufacturer of universal remotes will introduce a full slate of audio products including multi- and single-zone amplifiers, a streaming media player and a hard-button in-wall keypad.
All of the products fall into the new Total Control line, as in “Total Control: my house, my way,” says URC marketing director Jon Sienkiewicz.
Because our industry was in dire need of a new multiroom audio system, URC has come to the party with the eight-zone DMS-1200 Digital Multi-zone Amplifier, delivering 50 watts of audio to up to six zones, along with pre-amp outputs for two additional zones that require more power, like the patio.
Controlling the Universe
“We want to be a one-stop shop. … We’re not going to stop until we can control everything in the home.”
—URC marketing director Jon Sienkiewicz, page 2
Via four analog-to-digital inputs, the unit can be expanded to 32 zones.
In addition to the eight-zone amplifier, URC is introducing the DMS-100 single-zone unit, known affectionately as the “add-a-room” amp. It too delivers 50 watts per channel to local speakers and includes a pre-amp output for connection to a local amp or receiver. An audio input allows the unit to stream to other DMS-1200 or DMS-100 amps.
The system was built with scalability in mind, according to Sienkiewicz. “You can start with the DMS-100 in one room, and then later move up to the DMS-1200,” he says, noting that the original single-zone amp wouldn’t be a throw-away. It could always be attached to the multiroom system.
Similarly, if a client starts out with a DMS-1200, additional zones can be added one at a time via the DMS-100.
In addition to the amps, URC is introducing a streaming media player, which we teased back in August.
The rack-mountable SNP-1 Streaming Network Player streams online audio from services such as Pandora and Rhapsody. Plus, it aggregates and streams content – including photos and music—stored on other devices on the home network.
When asked if the device is DLNA-compatible, Sienkiewicz replied, “I cannot say that” because SNP-1 has not been officially sanctioned by the DLNA powers. He assures us, however, that the product will easily stream content from DLNA-compatible servers.
Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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