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Xantech MRC88m A/V Controller / Amplifier


Based on Xantech’s popular MRC88, this updated and upgraded unit offers impressive new features

Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years, introduces the MRC88m Eight Zone/Source Audio/Video Controller/Amplifier. This unit, based on Xantech’s hugely successful MRC88, offers many operational improvements over the previous model. Like its forerunner, the MRC88m allows the control and distribution of eight separate source components to eight different zones, with the capacity to expand to up to sixteen zones of control and distribution.

The MRC88m expands upon the capabilities of the MRC88 by adding up to seven lines of metadata when used with the SPLCD64V, SPLCD64G and SPLCD39G. This metadata can be obtained from Xantech’s new XIS100 iPod Docking station, XMUSIC, XDT and XT1 AM/FM Tuners, and/or iPort. Included are both scrollable menu-style and current track information modes, featuring track title, artist and album name. Xantech’s connected keypads make the MRC88m fully interactive for control of the XIS100, XMusic and iPort.

The MRC88m also supports Xantech’s new auto-configuring keypads (with new firmware) to match source devices. This new high-performance keypad communications protocol — currently supported by the SPLCD64V, SPLCD64G and SPLCD39G — will be available in all future MRC88 keypad designs. With the proper project information, the MRC88m will auto-configure itself for the listed job, including naming the eight source buttons (e.g. iPod, DVD, Satellite, etc.). The pages under each source button will match the feature set for the source devices attached to the MRC88m. This new protocol also allows for hot swapping of keypads and the addition of keypads, without the need to restart the MRC88m.

Additionally, the 88m offers a processing circuit that contains larger memory for project storage. It also features significantly improved RS-232 control input support for such control applications, leading to better handling of multiple and/or long input commands. Additionally, it contains the next generation IR code library.

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