Xantech’s New Universal IR Kit Is Teeny-Tiny

xantech-ir-0914Core Brands is introducing the new flagship Xantech EN85K Ensemble universal infrared (IR) kit. Engineered to send IR signals easily from a remote control to devices in separate locations, these IR kits now provide a new micro-sensor, more housing options and the brand’s dependable circuitry to provide high performance, flexibility and design to any single- or multi-zone installation.

The new Xantech EN85K Ensemble universal IR kit leverages the same receiver chip as the Xantech DL85K and now features a small micro IR sensor — no larger than a dime. While traditional A/V installations and electronics require line-of-sight for enabling IR remote control, the new compact sensor allows users to reroute the IR signals to any separate location — enabling equipment to be hidden out of sight yet operated in areas such as behind cabinet doors or inside equipment closets. The kit utilizes the new sensor design packaged along with the Xantech hardware (connecting block and IR emitter).

The all-in-one IR kit now also includes several housing options which snap-in-place to attach onto the back of any display (no tape or screws), projection screen or other minimal surface. These include a surface mount option, allowing users to easily affix the sensor directly to a TV bezel or any flat visible surface, and a TV mount housing — specifically designed for zero-bezel screens that can be connected onto the rear surface of a display or curved TV screen. Also included is a flush mount housing that allows the sensor to be snapped directly into a cabinet or in-wall installation, while the kit’s shelf-top housing can be easily snapped into place within any shelf or tabletop installation.

Here are the kit’s details.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..