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Inside the Genesis™ MX-900 Complete Control
The versatile new Genesis™ MX-900 by Universal Remote Control, a premier manufacturer of high-performance control systems for use in home music and audio/video systems, achieves a magnificent combination of power, digital sophistication and flexibility, simplifying and automating operation of even the most complex audio/video and home entertainment systems.
The MX-900 is the newest member of Universal’s family of Complete Control products, which provides professional installers with home automation solutions for every purpose, every room and everyone of their clients. The Genesis revolutionizes home theater operation for anyone who prefers to operate their system with one hand and one-touch automation.
In using the MX-900, installers will find they no longer need to train their clients to look for a cryptic symbol or remember arcane button names when they want to watch or listen to something new. They need only issue the following instruction:
“To watch TV, simply press the WATCH button and select what you would like to watch. I’ve custom programmed the MX-900 to turn on everything you need and configured your Home Theater completely for you, as soon as you select an activity like watching cable, satellite or a DVD-based movie. If you want to listen to a CD or the radio, press the LISTEN button and select what you’d like to listen to. The macro programming I’ve done will take care of everything. It’s that easy!”
Highlights of the MX-900 include:
• A user interface optimized for one-hand operation.
• A revolutionary ergonomic design that provides indents in the body of the remote to help users locate by feel the most frequently used buttons.
• Screen-labeled buttons that always display exactly the functions each user needs at any given time, no more and no less.
• Clear, easy-to-read screen-labeled buttons with up to seven characters each, making it simple to see which button does what at a glance.
• Hard buttons all labeled in plain English, not with symbols users will have difficulty remembering.
• Bright, blue backlighting that ensures the MX-900 can be used in the total darkness of a Home Theater with one touch of the LIGHT button.
Using Windows-based PC Software, the MX-900 revolutionizes the professional programming process. Because it’s completely text based, custom configurations for the most demanding users can be set up in a fraction of the time needed for any other control system. In addition, the system’s programming architecture removes all barriers to quickly achieving exactly the result users want, enabling installers to:
• Drag and drop a single discrete code from the IR database without creating a device for it, or use the SAVE ALL function for a new device with just one click.
• Program as many page jumps as needed for a macro, so status messages during a macro only take a few seconds to program.
• Hide or Reveal pages of commands with one click, without rearranging page order.
• Program any button or macro to signal completion with a Beep.
• Instantly program all the POWER ON and POWER OFF buttons to be SYSTEM ON and SYSTEM OFF macros via Punch Through.
• Employ the flexible architecture to enable any number of pages on any number of devices, so favorite channels and/or other special features can be created on a per-device basis. Typically, memory allows the programmer to configure the equivalent of up to 40 devices with 40 pages each.
• Program one button to activate two different functions via “Press” and “Hold” options.
• Nest complete macros inside other macros in a single step, enabling fast modular programming of the most complex routines.
• Use new, digital learning algorithms to unleash a variety of tools on new or unusual IR protocols, enabling installers to choose between MX-850-style one-tap learning and MX-950-style two-tap learning.
Optional RF “No Rules” Operation
Like all Complete Control remotes, the MX-900 can be used with a Complete Control RF Base Station to control a full system without being in the line of sight of the equipment. Of course, it can also be configured for conventional line-of-sight IR operation.
The MX-900 offers complete RF addressability, enabling it to control up to 90 identical components in up to 15 equipment locations throughout a house. Universal’s MRF-300 multi-zone and MRF-250 RF Base Stations are both compatible with the MX-900, as is the RFX-150 RF Sensor, which can be freely positioned for optimal signal reception.
• Memory: 8 Megabits Flash memory; keeps programming backed-up for up to 10 years without battery power
• Devices: Flexible, typically up to 40 devices
• Pages: Flexible, typically up to 40 pages per device
• Learning Capability: Standard frequencies, 15-460 kHz
• Macro Capability: Up to 255 steps each, with nesting allowed
• Infrared Range (Line of Sight): 30-50 feet, depending on environment
• Radio Frequency Range: 50-100 feet, depending on environment
• RF Frequency: 418 MHz
• Weight: 14 oz., with batteries
• Size: 8 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches , H/W/D
The Genesis MX-900 will be available in March from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested retail price of $449.
About Universal Remote Control, Inc.
Headquartered in Harrison, New York, Universal Remote Control, Inc. is a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of control systems. Since its establishment in 1991, the company has shown explosive growth and won numerous industry awards. It supplies millions of remote controls, keypads and automation systems each year to consumers around the world through four primary distribution channels: consumer retail, custom professional, subscription broadcast and OEM.
Over the years, clients have included many leading high-end audio and video manufacturers, and consumer electronics and subscription broadcast companies, including Adcom, B&K, Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications, Comcast, Crestron, Denon, Faroudja, Harman/Kardon, Klipsch, Krell, Lexicon, McIntosh, Motorola, Rotel, Parasound, Polk Audio, Time Warner, Toshiba, Xantech and Zenith.
For additional information, visit www.universalremote.com.