Universal Remote Control® Introduces Savvy New Remotes for Home Theaters and A/V Systems

Powerful Wand-Style MX-980 and MX-810 Custom Remotes Deliver Big, Bright Color LCD Displays, PC Editing, Narrow-Band RF and More

ISE '08, AMSTERDAM, Jan. 29, 2008 - Universal Remote Control, Inc., the leader in control system design and manufacturing for home and professional entertainment systems, introduce the next big steps in the intelligent evolution of A/V control, the MX -980 and MX -810 Remote Controls, at the Integrated Systems Europe 2008, beginning here today.


Both remotes bring new levels of programming sophistication to the operation of Home Theaters and home entertainment systems. Each provides pragmatic, intuitive custom control to the operation of advanced systems for single rooms or whole homes.

MX -980 Remote Control
The MX -980 is a powerful wand -style custom control designed to advance the state of the art of Home Theater programming and integration. Achieving an apex of power, style and versatility, it enables professional installers to more quickly and efficiently customize and automate sophisticated Home Theaters and whole house A/V systems - while empowering their owners to handle them as naturally as a race car driver hugs the road.

Ideal for homes with one or more A/V systems, the MX -980 is as intuitive for installers to program as it is for users to operate. Its unique synergies automate and simplify operation of even the most complex home systems. Its many highlights include a big, bright color LCD display, an open programming architecture, Narrow Band RF capability, and seamless integration with other control devices.

The MX -980's display shares the vibrant color capabilities of URC's popular MX -3000 Remote Control with an active matrix LCD that offers a 320x240 pixel window to any graphic an installer would like to provide, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF and animated GIF files, all of which can be assigned to any of eight adjacent activity buttons.

The MX -980 also integrates more strongly than other remotes with URC's breakthrough MSC -400 Master System Controller. The MSC -400 flawlessly harnesses the power of sophisticated home entertainment systems to provide installers with options and advantages not otherwise available. It offers triggered macros, RS -232 and relay control, video and voltage sensors, and many more features - taming systems' complexity, while delivering unmatched flexibility, automation power, installation speed, and diagnostic capabilities.

With or without the MSC -400, the MX -980 is an exceptionally versatile remote that delivers automation solutions for every purpose as well as superior entertainment. Like the MX -3000, the MX -980 is programmable by any Windows -compatible laptop or desktop PC with a USB port. The port provides access to a vast array of custom solutions, available free of charge using URC's proprietary Complete Control Suite programming software, available online at the URC Control Room.

WATCH and LISTEN buttons on the MX -980 display activities users can control. When a user wants to watch something else (a DVD, a videotape or an HDTV broadcast), he or she simply presses the WATCH button and selects the new activity. When a user wants to listen to the radio or a CD, he or she touches LISTEN. Then, with the press of the button, the MX -980 automates the entire routine of turning on components, selecting inputs and favorites, even resetting the lights to the optimum scene for the selected activity.

The MX -980's unique OpenArchitectureTM PC Editor provides professional installers with new solutions to the age -old problem of automating a central system as well as local TVs, cable or satellite receivers, and even local surround systems in secondary rooms like bedrooms and offices. Using the MX -980, installers can simply select an appropriate solution for each equipment location.

In the central system, for example, the MX -980 can trigger sophisticated smart macros, RS232 and relay controls via a centrally installed MSC -400 Master Controller. At each local system location, the MX -980 addresses an RF Base Station, like URC's new MRF -260, which extends the remote's range to 50 to 100 feet, and eliminates the line -of -sight requirement. In any room with a projector, lighting switch or other IR -controlled device not connected to a central MSC -400 or local MRF, the MX -980's built -in IR signal is effective at a range of 30 to 50 feet.

The MX -980 is packed with practical features for users as well as installers. These include a motion sensor that automatically turns on the display when the remote is picked up and refreshes when it's moved, and automatic blue backlighting for all the buttons to ensure the remote can be used easily in dim or darkened rooms. A small integrated speaker optionally beeps in response to button pushes, indicating the MX -980 understands an instruction. A built -in time/date display, a low -battery alert, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and a supplied USB programming cable further enhance its ease of use.

The MX -980 Remote Control is available now from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested retail price of US$599.

MX -810 Remote Control
The MX -810 provides Home Theater owners and professional installers with dedicated, custom control over single -room Home Theaters or AV entertainment systems. Stylish and state -of -the -art, it's an ideal remote for single -room Home Theater systems, as well as homes with multiple AV systems and more than one remote control, as each MX -810 remains dedicated to a single room's equipment, complete with a user -changeable label identifying the room.

The MX -810 is as easy for owners to use as it is quick for installers to program, achieving a unique synergy of power and flexibility that automates and simplifies the operation of even the most complex Home Theaters.

Featuring Radio Frequency (RF) addressability and a bright, color LCD display, the MX -810's readiness for programming allows custom installers to put any command on any LCD page, and fully personalize the screen's iconography for any and every user. The RF capability also eliminates the need to point the remote at whatever it's activating, or even remain in the line of sight of any equipment. It can control components up to 100 feet away from locations throughout a home, even components concealed in cabinets or behind doors.

Like the MX -980, the MX -810 is fully compatible with URC's pioneering MSC -400 Master System Controller, which provides installers with options and advantages not otherwise available, including triggered macros, RS -232 and relay control, video and voltage sensors, and Narrow Band RF among additional more features.

The MX -810's addressability lets it communicate with a specific location or device, like the Master Controller, and comfortably co -exist with other RF remotes in a home, and AV systems in other rooms.
With or without the MSC -400, the MX -810 is a powerful, versatile remote that delivers automation solutions for every purpose and superior entertainment for everyone who prefers to operate their systems as they wish, not as the equipment seems to dictate.
The MX -810 features a big, bright, active matrix LCD, larger and more vivid than comparable remotes, and a broad array of snappy, iconic graphics readable at a glance. It provides access to a vast array of custom control solutions, available free of charge on proprietary software online at the URC Control Room.

The MX -810 is PC -powered, programmable by any Windows -compatible laptop or desktop computer with a USB port. An installer can set up the remote by connecting a PC, then following the instructions of an onscreen programming Wizard. This can be done in advance or onsite, with a laptop in the Home Theater being programmed. The laptop need not be connected to the Internet.

URC's ProWizard programming software guides the selection of operating instructions for any combination of A/V components, in part through effortless access to the world's best library of professional control codes. Afterward, installers can archive their programming instructions on the Web by accessing URC's dedicated ProWizard website (http://www.WizardRemote.com). Even if the installer suffers a future hard drive crash, his MX -810 programs will be safe and available.

The MX -810 can also be customized with a broad array of graphic "themes," including one -of -a -kind graphics provided by the remote's owner. Installers can ask the remote for Help at any point in the process, and be guided to an answer through an intelligent, context -sensitive response process.

Once programmed, the MX -810's color screen labels the six adjacent buttons with whatever functions are needed at the moment. The labels for the buttons change based on what the user is watching or listening to. If a user selects "Watching TV," he or she will see a list of buttons useful for watching TV. If a user selects "DVD," the buttons will control the DVD player.

Fully programmed, the MX -810's powerful 32 -megabit flash memory can customize controls for up to 24 activities on eight LCD pages for each of 24 different devices, for a total of 384 pages.

The MX -810's built -in IR signal is effective at a range of 30 to 50 feet, depending on room conditions. It converts to RF "No Rules" Operation, with the addition of URC's MRF -350 or MRF -260 Complete Control RF Base Station, both of which extend the remote's range to 50 to 100 feet, and eliminate the line -of -sight requirement.

Additional features include a motion sensor that automatically turns on the LCD screen when the remote is picked up, and a one -touch blue backlight that ensures the MX -810 can be used easily in dim or darkened rooms. A small integrated speaker optionally beeps in response to button pushes, indicating the remote has understood the instruction. A built -in time/date display, low -battery alert, rechargeable lithium ion battery, and a supplied USB programming cable further enhance its convenience and ease of use.

The MX -810 Remote Control is available now from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested retail price of US$399.

Both the MX -980 and MX -810 Remote Controls can be seen with URC's other outstanding products in Booth M22 at the Amsterdam RAI during ISE 2008.

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 high -quality remote control devices. Since its establishment in 1991, the company has become highly regarded by consumers and professionals alike, and won numerous industry awards. It supplies millions of remote controls 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, Bright House, Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications, Comcast, Crestron, Denon, Faroudja, Harman/Kardon, Klipsch, Krell, Lexicon, McIntosh, Motorola, NCTC, Rotel, Parasound, Polk Audio, Time Warner Cable, Toshiba, Xantech and Zenith.

Universal Remote Control products are manufactured in Asia and North America in factories that meet rigorous CE, ISO 9001, ETTS, IQNET and TQM certification requirements. For additional technical information, please visit www.universalremote.com.
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