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Niles Multizone Receivers Gets In-Wall Touchscreen Option

7/29/2009 03:45:59 PM Eastern

Miami - Niles Audio shipped the TS-Prowall-mount color touchscreen to control the company's ZR-6 multizone receiverin a custom-installed multi-room audio system.

Niles’s ZR-6The $799-suggested TS-Pro is the first touchscreen controller for the ZR-6, which can also be controlled from in-wall keypads. It features 3.5-inch color touchscreen with graphical user interface (GUI) and hard keys, which control frequently used functions such as volume and power on/off. The screen displays metadata from iPods, station information for an AM/FM radio and command of connected sources.

From the touchscreen, consumers conveniently control all zones in a multi-room-audio system built around the ZR-6. A built-in IR sensor, and a connection for an external IR sensor, enables system control from a handheld IR remote.

Customization features include custom naming of each zone and ability to display digital pictures on the screen. White, almond and bone faceplates are included with each unit, but black and silver faceplates are options. The screen itself can be programmed to display any of five color schemes.

The touchscreen can be configured without connecting a laptop computer. Instead, installers connect the TS-Pro to the ZR-6 and to automatically load system programming. System changes made to one TS-Pro automatically appear in all other TS-Pros connected to the multizone audio system.

The ZR-6 can also be controlled from the weather-resistant Solo-6MD single-gang keypad with metadata display, the Solo-6IR single-gang keypad, and the Numeric-6P numeric keypad, which works in conjunction with the Solo-6IR.

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