It’s been nearly a year since I got my first good look at URC’s Total Control line (you can read about my trip to URC headquarters last May here), and I’ve been waiting patiently to get some hands-on time with a system here at home. Hopefully, the wait is nearly over, since the final Total Control component–the SNP-1 Streaming Network Player–is finally shipping to dealers.
Like most media streamers on the market, the SNP-1 access all of the music on your home network, and provides access to all the usual music services, like Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM and a ridiculous number of internet radio stations. What sets it apart from the pack is its complete integration with the rest of the Total Control line. Pair it with URC’s DMS-1200 or DMS-100, and you’ll have uncompressed, CD-quality, latency-free music anywhere in the home. Integrate those into a larger system built on a MRX-10 Advanced Network System Controller and TRC-780 Handheld Remote Control, and you’ll have access to full two-way communication and metadata right in the palm of your hand.
And as I said in my trip report:
[With] any remote on the network (because the entire Total Control system is network-based from the ground up), you can monitor music streams in other room, take control of them, or join in on the stream with no degradation of sound quality in either location.
If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a pretty huge fan of URC and its systems. So much so that, as soon as my new Dish Network Hopper system was installed yesterday (reviewing coming in a few weeks!) the first thing I did was fire up URC’s Complete Control Program and begin the task of reprogramming my MX-5000 remote (a review of which you can read at Residential Systems). The flexibility of CCP made it a fairly easy task, and from what I’ve seen, the new Accelerator software used to program Total Control systems is even simpler and more intuitive, so I’m itching to dig in and do some new programming. And play with some new toys!