Yamaha Announces URC Driver

Adds two-way and multi-room audio control to more than 50 MusicCast models.
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Yamaha has announced the availability of a software driver for URC that adds two-way control and MusicCast multi-room audio compatibility to more than 50 Yamaha home audio products. The driver supports Total Control 2.0, the next-generation whole home automation and control system from URC.

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This new driver expands the number and range of supported Yamaha products. In fact, a single driver can now control all Yamaha MusicCast products, including AVENTAGE and RX-V series AV receivers, soundbars, wireless streaming amps, wireless speakers, and Hi-Fi receivers.

The driver may be used with either a single Yamaha device or with multiple devices in a whole-home audio configuration. It offers full, two-way control for all MusicCast streaming services that support two-way communication, such as Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, and internet radio. Notably, this driver offers enhanced control of Yamaha AV receivers even when used in a standalone installation.

The URC driver supports control of playback in each room, including metadata depending on the input (e.g. album art and artist/album/song/station info), a “scrolling list” for easier selection of songs and stations, quick linking and unlinking of rooms, and selection of inputs.

The new driver is currently available. Download it for free from the URC Dealer Portal at http://www.urcportal.com and import it into the URC Accelerator software. Use the new driver in place of the existing Yamaha AV receiver drivers in URC Accelerator.

Visit www.universalremote.com to learn more about URC. To learn more about Yamaha home audio products and MusicCast technology, visit https://yamaha.io/2HmP1y9.

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