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Remote control system specialists Xantech always come up with interesting new products at CES, and this year was no exception. Most users have at some time or other experienced difficulties using a remote control in bright sunlight or fluorescent lighting. Plasma displays can also cause interference with some IR systems. The first two products have been designed to operate flawlessly under these conditions. On the left the 780-90 J-Box IR receiver designed to fit into a standard electrical J-Box, on the right the 490-90 Micro Link IR receiver ($500) for fitting directly into system cabinetry. Both products work in normal 3-wire mode, have a receiving range of 50 feet and are fully compatible with Xantech’s range of connecting blocks and other system components. The 780-90 ($106) includes lens for decorator-style wall plate and talkback LED for system testing. The 490-90 is only 2.5 inches (64mm) deep and has a quick-connect 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug on 7ft. (2.1m) cable for direct plug-in to Xantech Connecting Blocks. It also includes an RF grid included for EMI interference reduction and a CB12 Connecting Block.

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The $300 MAC-1 Mini-Macronizer™. This product is designed to store macro sequences to make them available to the whole system, rather than store them in a single hand held remote control. Any remote control in use in the system (hand held, wall panel etc) can be programmed with the appropriate commands to activate any macro. The MAC-1 is programmed using Xantech’s Dragon Drop-IR™ software. Sequences of up to 40 commands with complex time delays can be stored in the MAC-1.

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On display in the Xantech booth was the Totevision LCD-561R flush mount active matrix 5.6” colour LCD monitor, which can be integrated into a Xantech system to provide an alternate video feed, for example with the surround processor’s OSD overlay. MSRP $525. Click for a Larger Image
Making their debut at CES were Xantech’s new line of SmartPad colour LCD touch panels. Four models are available with screen sizes from 3.9 to 6.4 inches that range from $750 to $2,000.

Also announced by Xantech was the creation of a new product line initiative to be known as WAVE™ (Whole-house Audio Video Entertainment). The first WAVE product is the MRC44 shown at CES 2002 – a four-source multi-room control system, combining multi-room remote control and audio/video distribution. The MRC-44 has received wide acclaim and three major awards since its launch – CE Pro magazine’s ‘High Impact Product of the Year’; Electronic House Magazine praised its “great value and pricing”; and Audio Video Interiors magazine’s 2002 Excellence in Design Award. The latest product in the system is the MRC88, which, as you might guess from the name, is an 8-source, 8-zone system that improves upon the MRC44’s design. MSRP $6,800. []
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Latest additons 7th February 2003:

Panamax Power Conditioning
Xplore Solutions A/V Control
EAD Theatermaster Studio
Focal-JMLab Utopia Loudspeakers
McCormack DVD-Audio/SACD Player
Martin Logan Clarity & Scripti
Artistic Audio & Red Rose Audio
IMF Audio Musica Model 25
Philips, Pioneer & Sharp DVD-R/RW
Opus Distributed Audio
Audio Aero Prestige A/V Player
Philips DVDR80 DVD+RW Recorder
Lexicon Home Theater Products
DVD Entertainment Group Dinner
Universal Remote Control MX-3000
Xantech System Control Products
McIntosh MVP851 DVD-Audio Player
Von Schweikert VR-S/1 Subwoofer
Von Schweikert VR-1 & VR-4SE
Zu Druid 2 & Gallo Acoustics
2003 Panasonic DVD-Video Players
Universal DVD-Audio/SACD Players
Arcam Home Theater Products
Stillpoints Isolation Products
Panasonic e-Wear & LCD Monitor
SACD Press Conference
Clark Synthesis Gold TST329
Guitammer BKA1000-4 Amplifier
Dynaudio Contour Loudspeakers

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