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.

The new Total Control line includes a 6/8-zone amp, single-zone amp, MRX-100 networked controller, two universal remotes, three IP cameras, a keypad, networked media player and more. Click on the slideshow link below for product images and features.
Julie Jacobson · October 7, 2010

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.

The company also will debut a new networked control hub, two new universal remotes, three new IP surveillance cameras, and two network switches with and without power over Ethernet (PoE).

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.

Multiroom Audio

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.

  About the Author

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

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