New 2-way Zigbee RF remote features multiroom control, infrared control plus IP networking.
Russound’s New RFR-E5 Two-Way RF Remote Puts Control and
Convenience in One Feature-Rich Package
-- Second E-Series Introduction to Features Both RF and IR Technologies
For Maximum Control Over Nearly Source in the House --
LAS VEGAS, NV, January 7, 2008—Russound®, the #1 brand in multiroom audio, will soon
offer a new two-way RF remote control, RFR-E5, featuring a clickwheel design that emulates the
look and feel of the KLK-E5 Keypad, originally introduced by the company in 2007.
The new two-way remote control is part of the E-Series that is
available exclusively through Russound’s growing network of
Sphere Certified Integrators. Similar to the KLK-E5 Keypad, the
RFR-E5 employs a popular clickwheel design and a highresolution
display to give consumers the power to access metadata
and relevant system information on the remote control itself. Consumers can use the remote while
roaming through the house, with complete management of any zone in the system.
Designed to function as a true multiroom remote control, the RFR-E5 includes local IR support as
well as RF, making it easy to operate up to three local sources, while RF technology extends the
product’s reach to other rooms in the house.
The new RFR-E5 remote control relies on IP and Zigbee RF technology to communicate with an
ACA-E5 Multizone Controller from anywhere within a home.
“The RFR-E5 is designed to be one of the most powerful remotes in the business,” said Andy
Lewis, Russound’s Director of Product Management. “There may be other two-way remotes on
the market, but what sets this one apart is its unique combination of aesthetics, form and
“For example, an end-user can control all zones of music from the living room to the kitchen, a
bedroom or patio all while roaming through the house. And it’s all accomplished with a simple,
intuitive interface that is among the most familiar and popular designs in the consumer electronics
Russound’s RFR-E5 remote control was designed in collaboration with Helix Design of
Manchester, NH for maximum comfort and ease-of-use. The remote communicates with a cradle
base station that also charges the device when not in use. The cradle features a 10-base T Ethernet
port that connects to Russound’s E-Series ACA-E5 Multizone Controller Amplifier through a
network router or switch.
The RFR-E5 comes equipped with a host of convenience features, including a rechargeable
battery, white LED backlighting and a bright LCD screen.
Added Lewis: “Russound’s E-Series is all about bringing the most advanced technologies to
products that are as easy to use as a light switch, which is why we charged Helix with designing a
remote that gives the end-user the option to forego an on-wall KLK-E5 Keypad without
sacrificing any of the benefits.”
The two-way RFR-E5 E-Series remote control will ship Q2 2008.
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