Total home control hidden from view

posted on Saturday, 1st March 2014 by David Slater

AWE Europe  Home automation 

This newly remodeled home on the outskirts of Brighton has been completely outfitted with a URC Total Control system. Specified by CI specialists Just Add Popcorn and supplied by distributor AWE Europe, the system constitutes a complete home automation system comprising audio, video, lighting, security and HVAC.

When remodeling a newly purchased home, homeowners often neglect to install an infrastructure that can support future AV and control needs. However this wasn't the case for this Hove home owner, who came to Just Add Popcorn with a brief for a system that could incorporate all their home entertainment and networking needs into one simple package. One  key requirement was to have everything hidden from view, with the exception of screens and speakers.

The chosen solution was a URC Total Control system. This incorporates everything from network system controllers and switches, multi-zone audio amplifiers, streaming network players, security cameras and keypads.

The install team decided that the best place to rack the hardware was actually the garage. It's here that the Sky+ HD box, Apple TV amplification and other gear was neatly, cleverly located, integrated with a URC MRX-10 system controller. The multi-room audio deployment included KEF Ci200QR, Ci160QR and Ci100QR in-ceiling speakers, installed in seven zones around the property and powered by three URC amplifiers.  The speakers utilise the ceiling cavity as a back box for increased bass response. Coupled to the URC Total Control system, the system has been configured to allow music to be streamed from an iMac, directly to any room in the house. For home theatre, a KEF HTB2SE subwoofer was added to a multi-channel array in the property's lounge.

One benefit of going all URC was that there was no longer any need for OEM system controllers. The system is driven by three URC TRC-1280 remotes with 2.8-inch touchscreen. Naturally, the URC system was also set up to work with any iOS device running the dedicated app. Installer's should note that the MRX-10 base station requires a license, but this supports unlimited iDevices.

Stuart Burgess, Director at Just Add Popcorn, was delighted at how quickly the system came together.  "Eight TV screens around the house, a host of Wi-Fi hotspots, extensive multi-room audio and a wide selection of inputs make for an incredible amount of programming. This is one of the reasons why we specified URC. The simplicity of programming is a benefit that shouldn't be underplayed. It's able to handle advanced macros with ease, with us even being able to check the system's status and edit remotely, off-site, should anything unforeseen happen.."

A bit about Just Add Popcorn...

Based in the South East of England and helping customers in London and the South. Just Add Popcorn is a small independent team for people with one basic mission: "From Conception to No matter what type of installation you require we always give the same care and attention to every customer and every project no matter what the size and cost may be...

Just Add Popcorn

Unit 9

Vinehall Business Centre

Vinehall Road

East Sussex

TN32 5JW

Tel: 01424 870763


David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
Living North

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