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Crestron Enters RF Home Control

Rockleigh, N.J. –
Crestron plans to broaden its customer base with the launch of a Prodigy line of home-control gear that
uses wireless control signals and a software setup wizard to help bring the
company’s brand to lower priced installations.

Wireless devices include a
handheld RF remote, home theater/media controller, in-wall lighting controls
and dimmers, thermostat, wireless in-wall multizone audio keypad, wireless
repeater, and gateway to control wireless lighting and thermostats. A more
traditional wired in-wall touchscreen is also available.

The line will also include more
traditional multizone audio components, consisting of an AM/FM/XM tuner. iPod
interface, and a four-zone, six-source 8×50-watt multizone amplifier that sends
speaker-level audio via wires to custom-installed speakers in other rooms. The
amp is expandable to 12 zones. Some of these products ship in September, while
others ship in November.

The handheld remote, home
theater/media controller and gateway retail for a combined $825, excluding