The Final Piece of URC’s “Total Control” Puzzle Falls into Place

Sections: Audio, Digital, Multiroom audio, Music servers, Remote control, Smart Home, Streaming

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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!

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  1. So you’re able to use the MX-5000 Remote to control the SNP-1. URC’s site says MX-5000 is NOT compatible with total control products. So what does the SNP-1 really have to do with “Total Control”?

    Sounds like the SNP-1 is no more a “Total Control” product and any other A/V Component or streaming network player (pretty much all of which can be controlled by the MRX-10).

  2. No, I’m sorry, I should have been more clear. I was just relating my personal experience with the MX-5000 and my excitement about Total Control. The product I reprogrammed the MX-5000 for last night was the new Dish Network Hopper system.

    Dennis Burger
  3. You can’t get the two-way metadata from the SNP-1 on the MX-5000 but you can still control the on-screen GUI using IR on the SNP-1.
    Assuming the IR commands are as complete for the SNP-1 as they are with the PSX-2 iPod dock (I haven’t had a chance to work outside of the Total Control interface with it yet) there will be a greater level of custom integration possible using URC products than with other streaming devices.

  4. I’m looking into buying URC’s total control system and one of the pieces in the system being pitched to me is the SNP-1. I have an extensive music collection (12K cds) and have them on an iTunes account on a Mac Mini with external drive. My understanding is that I can access any music on my home network on the SNP-1, but will I also get the album art and song info, etc on my devices (TRC-1280 and TKP-2000 as well as their iPad/iPhone app. Thanks!

  5. I’m looking to integrate Total Control. TCR-1280 with the MRX-10. I’m about to add the Nuvo Essentia and Music Port Elite to the system for 6 zones and up to 6 sources.Should I consider the DMS-1200 for the zones, and SNP-1 and PSX-2 for sources? I already have an AV receiver in the setup.

  6. efauch, I spent the latter part of week-before-last up at URC headquarters, learning to program Total Control and then tackling a five-room, double-rack system from scratch. I can only speak from personal experience, but what I like about the DMS-1200 (or 100) is that any analog source you plug in is digitized and available throughout the system. If you have a DMS-100 in the home office, for example, and plug an analog audio source into it, it’s available on every other DMS-100 in the system (of via the DMS-1200). The advantage, to me, of using the SNP-1 and PSX-2 would be the incredibly easy integration with the rest of the system, as well as how easy it is to access metadata on all of the remotes. Stick a PSX-2 in the bedroom, for example, and run it into the audio inputs on a DMS-100 or 1200, and the iPod in it is available as a streaming source anywhere in the house, with metadata on any remote in the house.

    The problem I run into is that I’m not familiar with the NuVo system at all, firsthand. I just fired up CCP Accelerator and looked for an IP driver for the NuVo system, and don’t see it, so getting two-way feedback and metadata could be tricky. But again, that’s a hypothesis based on ignorance on my part. I know it works like a snap with the SNP-1 and PSX-2. I would have to try to integrate the NuVo system myself to see how well it would work. Just thinking through the process, though, I’m leaning toward, “Why would I go through the effort when I’ve already seen how well the SNP-1 works.”

    If you go the NuVo route, though, keep me posted! I’m incredibly curious about how well it would work!

    Dennis Burger