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AVRevForum.com 08-13-2007 04:22 PM

Universal Remote Control Introduces New Base Station with Barrier-Free RF Reception
 
Universal Remote Control Introduces New Base Station with Barrier-Free Narrow Band RF Reception

Universal Remote Control, Inc., a leader in control system design and manufacturing for home and professional entertainment systems, will introduce the MRF-260 Complete Control RF Base Station, bringing the advantages of optimizing Narrow Band radio frequency (RF) reception to home entertainment systems, at CEDIA EXPO 2007.

MRF-260

"We're very excited about our latest addressable Narrow Band RF Base Station," said Jim Novak of URC's product development department. "It's even more affordable than the MRF-350, and should have broad appeal to custom installation professionals everywhere."

The MRF-260 is a compact, fully addressable RF base station compatible with URC's many Narrow Band-equipped remote controls. The base station features an integrated Narrow Band receiver and antenna, two fixed line outputs for IR emitters, and two adjustable, or variable, line outputs. Each adjustable output can be matched to the IR input on any component that a standard IR repeater can operate.

The base station extends the reception range for flawless connectivity from compatible remotes up to 100 feet away though walls, floors and doors, indoors or outdoors. It eliminates the line-of-sight requirement, and can even be concealed in cabinets for true "Barrier Free" control.

The MRF-260 can be programmed to operate equipment at up to 15 locations, like a den or a bedroom, anywhere in a house by installing an MRF-260 at each location. It also works with such devices as URC's breakthrough MSC-400 Master System Controller, which seamlessly harnesses the power of sophisticated home entertainment systems, providing options and advantages not otherwise available.

The Narrow Band capability offers significant installation advantages. In addition to improving devices' range and reliability, it improves spurious adjacent signal rejection, ignoring unneeded signals. A bright red LED status light flickers to alert users to the presence of RF interference.

Four shallow grooves on the top panel of the MRF-260 accept standard Brother P-Touch(r) self-adhesive labels, allowing installers to easily identify each component connected to the corresponding outputs. The base station is designed for use with standard 3.5 mm plugs.

The MRF-260 Complete Control RF Base Station will be available in September from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested retail price of $149.


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