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Core Brands Universal IR Kit Introduces Micro Form Factor

Core Brands's new flagship Xantech EN85K Ensemble universal infrared (IR) kit is engineered to send IR signals easily from a remote control to devices in separate locations.

Core Brands’s new flagship Xantech EN85K Ensemble universal infrared (IR) kit is engineered to send IR signals easily from a remote control to devices in separate locations. The Xantech EN85K Ensemble now provides a new micro-sensor, more housing options, and the company’s dependable circuitry to provide ultimate 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 industry-leading Xantech DL85K and now features an incredibly small micro IR sensor no larger than a dime to fit seamlessly within component specifications such as minimal bezels and ultra-thin displays.

While traditional AV 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 — allowing 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).

To further increase installation flexibility and improve adherence to aesthetic demands, the all-in-one IR kit now includes several housing options which use snap-in-place simplicity to attach onto the back of any display, 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.

The sensor utilizes Xantech’s trusted IR carrier pass-through technology to ensure reliable performance even in challenging environments with high levels of interference.

“EN85K Ensemble’s ultra-small sensors and flexible components allow integrators to have the right possibilities on hand for any A/V system specification,” said John Benz, Core Brands director of power and accessories. “The new dime-sized IR sensor and TV mount housing allow the sensor to work with challenging mounting scenarios such as zero-bezel and curved TVs, while other included housing options empower the integrator to place the sensor anywhere that makes sense for the system. Installers are now able to easily distribute IR signals without the need to purchase any specialty or separate kits — creating more efficient, flexible and aesthetically pleasing installations.”

The Xantech EN85K Ensemble universal IR kit is backwards compatible with other Xantech IR components and can be used with any electronics that feature IR remote control. Shipping in June 2014, the EN85K Ensemble universal IR kit will retail at $299.