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Video: Niles Remote Control Extender Systems

Tara W. has worked for Crutchfield since 2004. She writes about whole-house music and video gear, and works on Crutchfield's video team.

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Learn how Niles remote control extender systems let you keep your A/V components hidden away, but still control them with your regular remote.

Video Transcript

Amanda: Hi. I'm Amanda.

Tara: And I'm Tara, and we're here in the Crutchfield video studio to talk about Niles remote control extender systems.

Amanda: Right. Now these days a lot of people have a lot of home theater gear. You've got a Blu-ray player and a cable box, maybe a home theater receiver, and you want to be able to watch and listen to and enjoy all of that without maybe having it hanging out in the middle of your room, visible.

Tara: Definitely.

Amanda: Right. So that's where Niles infrared or "IR" systems come in. They let you keep your gear hidden in a cabinet or a closet, wherever you want, and give you easy control over it by passing your remote's original IR signal on to your gear.

Tara: And here we've laid out the components of a typical IR system. The first thing is an IR sensor, and this is the only thing that's visible outside your cabinet or your A/V furniture.

Amanda: Yep. Inside your cabinet, you've got the IR hub, which routes the signals it receives from the sensor. And you've also got a number of these little IR flashers. These just tack on to the front of your gear to pass the signal on.

Tara: So here's how this system works. Let's say we want to play a Blu-ray movie on a Blu-ray player that's hidden away behind these wooden doors in this audio/video cabinet.

Amanda: Right. Now your remote control's IR signal can't make it through solid surfaces like wood, so let's take a look inside and see how the Niles system can help.

Tara: You'll hit "play" on your Blu-ray player's remote control, and the Niles sensor here picks up that signal, passes it on to the Niles hub, which then passes it down to the IR flasher. And that tells your Blu-ray player to play your movie.

Amanda: So these systems are really cool. Like we've said, they let you hide your gear in a cabinet, a closet, another room, pretty much wherever you want. And you can get pre-matched systems that are already set up for you, or you can customize your own to fit your system and your room. For example, in addition to these little tabletop sensors, you can also choose from wall-mountable sensors or in-wall sensors that install flush in your wall. And that's nice if, for example, you've got a flat-panel TV and you want to keep that nice, sleek look.

Tara: Yeah, definitely. And you can use these IR systems to integrate with a more sophisticated multi-room system where it's going to be really important that you get all those controls you're used to in each of the remote rooms around your house.

Amanda: Yeah. So whether you want to choose a pre-matched system or make your own, visit for more information.

Tara: And if you're interested in those multi-room systems, you can visit, or call our A/V Design Group at 1-800-555-9407.

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