Denon RC-7000CI: a smart, interactive LCD remote handset

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Denon has introduced its RC-7000CI programmable LCD screen remote handset, an infrared remote control unit that can be expanded into a multi-zone room-to-room control system.

Far from a simple remote control unit, it features infrared and ZigBee Wireless data transmission, can be expanded to provide up to 16 room zones, allows equipment to be hidden out of sight, and is web upgradeable via USB.

With optional remote extenders, it has a range of up to 90 metres, and can be used as a two-way device which provides meta-data feedback. For example, the handset’s screen can be used to see connected iPod and streamed music information, when connected to modern Denon products.

Devices can be customised, sources renamed, and other operations performed via a PC connected to the device.

Denon boasts one of the world’s largest IR databases, so it shouldn’t be difficult to ensure that all audio-visual equipment works with it.

The only thing that worries me, with all my AV components now tucked away and controlled from one central location, is what happens when the batteries run out?

Denon

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Andy Merrett