Conventional wisdom holds that Sonos is an alternative to sort of advanced multi-room audio systems operated by sophisticated automation controllers. And as is often the case with conventional wisdom, it doesn’t quite work out that way in reality. Consumers with custom-controlled homes may have a world of distributed audio solutions and their disposal, but many of them still opt for the ease, convenience, and affordability of Sonos. Of course, getting the Sonos interface into a home automation ecosystem isn’t exactly as easy as connecting an Ethernet cable. It takes a company with a knack for third-party driver development to get it right — a company like Extra Vegetables, whose drivers for Control4 systems and more recently for URC’s Total Control have become positively legendary in the custom installation market.
Following its Sonos driver for Control4, Extra Vegetables is now introducing a new Sonos Module for URC Total Control systems. In addition to allowing Total Control owners to browse their music services and libraries, the Module provides two-way feedback on most of URC’s TC keypads, remotes, touchscreens, and via the TC Mobile App — including the TKP-2000, TKP-7000, and TRC-1280 — whereas the TKP-1000 keypad and TRC-780 remote allow you to recall playlists and music streams.
The Extra Vegetables Sonos Module supports all past and current Sonos Zoneplayers, as well as the Sonos Playbar, and is compatible only with URC Total Control systems Accelerator Version 2.8.0829 or newer.
From the press release:
“Extra Vegetables’ philosophy is to solve problems for installers and their customers” says Jane Scotland, COO at Extra Vegetables. “Sonos is a product that enables Dealers to easily provide whole-house audio and music services. We are delighted that URC’s Total Control now has the power to enable seamless control of Sonos in any custom installation.”
The now available module will be shown at the Extra Vegetables booth (#644) during CEDIA EXPO this year in Denver as well as by URC in booth #1731.