Universal Remote Control, Inc., a leader in remote control
technology, further expands its line-up of widely acclaimed home theater remote
controls with the second of two revolutionary new radio frequency (RF) remote
control products. A 2003 Innovations Award-winning product, the Home Theater
Master® MX-600 IR / RF Learning Remote and its companion MRF-100 Base Station is
a powerful modular package combining both RF and IR technologies to send
commands up to 100 feet away, through walls, floors and cabinet doors, even in
highly active RF environments both indoors and outdoors.
The MX-600 and MRF-100 Base Station allow users complete control of up to ten
(10) audio/video components regardless of where the equipment is placed in the
home. The MX-600 sends radio frequency (RF) signals to the MRF-100, which
converts the RF commands back to infrared signals (IR) to control A/V
components. Whether equipment is behind closed doors, inside cabinets, in other
rooms of the house or even outdoors, the MX-600 sends the necessary commands
without pointing the remote control directly at any A/V components.
The launch follows Universal Remote Control, Inc.'s recent introduction of the
Home Theater Master® MX-800 PC Programmable Learning Remote Control and
companion MRF-200 Base Station. The new MX-600/MRF-100 combination provides many
of the features and capabilities of the earlier model, except for its PC
compatibility, while offering dramatically more affordable pricing.
The powerful memory of the MX-600 offers up to 15 potential macro buttons, plus
an additional 50 Favorite-Channel buttons. Each macro button can play back
recorded sequences of commands that completely automate a complex system with
one button press. A macro button can record and play back up to 20 steps, while
a Favorite Channel button can play back up to 10 steps.
Controlling up to 10 components, the MX-600 can be programmed with up to 2 pages
of LCD screens per component (26 screens with 260 text buttons), in addition to
the 33 hard buttons. Text on each page can be edited as desired.
The MX-600's internal database contains hundreds of "code sets" for various
brands, including hard-to-find codes that allow precise control of all system
components. The MX-600 can also learn up to 530 new commands.
The MRF-100 receives RF signals from the MX-600 and transmits commands to all
components in the home theater either through the MRF-100 Base Station's Front
IR Blaster or the six plug-in flashers. The MX-600 and MRF-100 consistently
achieve a range of 75 to 100 feet without any interference, even in hostile RF
environments with multiple satellite receivers, computers and several key A/V
components. This is a significant improvement over existing RF-based control
systems in the marketplace today.
Theoretically, a user could control all of their components with the MRF-100's
strong Front IR Blaster. Since infrared light bounces, the Front Blaster is
often more than sufficient. However, sometimes when components are out of sight
of the MRF-100 it is necessary to use the supplied Flashers. There are six
plug-In Flashers provided with 10-foot cables. The Flasher has an IR blaster at
the tip of the cable that can be affixed to the front panel of each A/V
component. The other end of the IR Flasher connects via a 2.5mm mini jack at the
rear of the MRF-100.
The crystal clear LCD display screen and glass-like Gemstone(TM) hard buttons on
the remote incorporate "EL" illumination technology, which provides very bright,
energy efficient backlight illumination. Powered by four Duracell "AAA" alkaline
batteries, the remote control features a built-in flash memory back-up designed
to prevent memory loss for up to one year should the batteries be removed, and
up to 10 years with dead batteries. The MRF -100 comes with its own external
power supply and mounting plate for installation on walls and inside cabinets.
The Home Theater Master® MX-600 and MRF-100 package carries a suggested retail
price of $249.95. It can be seen with Universal Remote Control's other products
in Booth #604 in the Indianapolis Convention Center during CEDIA Expo 2003.
About Universal Remote Control, Inc.
Universal Remote Control, Inc., established in 1990, is based in Harrison, New
York. The company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of remote
controls, wireless and RF hand-held devices to the Retail, OEM and Broadcast
Subscription markets - including Hughes DirecTV, Zenith, AOL/Time Warner,
Motorola, Toshiba, Hitachi and LG Electronics.
Universal Remote Control, Inc. has multiple manufacturing facilities in Asia and
North America that meet rigorous CE, ISO 9001, ETTS, IQNET, and TQM
certification requirements. Universal Remote Control, Inc., has been supplying
remote controls for many of the Home Theater industry's leading high-end audio
and video manufacturers, including Adcom, B & K, Denon, Faroudja, Harman/Kardon,
Klipsch, Krell, McIntosh, Rotel, Parasound, Polk Audio, Lexicon, Sherwood
Newcastle, Outlaw Audio, Sunfire and Vantage.
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