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iPod®/iPhone® dock for Universal remotes
Item #: 554PSX2
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Universal PSX-2 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
The PSX-2 iPod dock is specifically designed to work with select Universal remote controls, such as the MX-450. The combination gives you an unusually high degree of control over your docked iPod or iPhone, with some nice extras.
Stunning visual display
The PSX-2 features component video output to send an on-screen menu to your TV. You'll see album art, artist and song info, and other metadata, such as genre, and tempo. You'll also see convenient navigation buttons that help get you where you want to be in just a few clicks. Plus, the display is a plasma-friendy "screensaver" that's designed to avoid burn-in or image retention.
Many remotes give you basic functionality play, pause, skip, and volume. The PSX-2 takes you beyond that. A processor inside the dock can store a list of your favorite tracks, and even help you sort and shuffle your iPod's collection. Select songs to add to the PSX-2's Jukebox to create your own party mix on the fly. Every time you dock your iPod, your list will be there ready to play.
You can also keep things interesting with the "Play More From" button on the menu. Select it to shuffle selections randomly from an artist, album, or genre. You can also search for songs alphabetically, letting you quickly drill down into your player's collection to get just the tune you're looking for.
A built-in Ethernet port lets you connect the PSX-2 to your computer, so you can sync your player while it's still docked. The front panel of the PX-2 features a backlit Universal logo on clear, removable plastic film. Included are five additional pieces of film. With your PC's printer, you can create your own label or logo to place on the panel.
Is the rest of your audio/video system stored in a cabinet or closet? No problem. The back of the dock has an additional infrared (IR) input, so you can use an RF relay (such as the MRF260 RF Base Station) to control the PSX-2. There's even an included wire with an IR flasher to get you started.
What's in the Box:
- PSX-2 Personal Server
- AC power supply (with attached 5' DC cord)
- 10' IR cable (with 3.5mm connectors on each end)
- Metal plate
- Plastic cover
- Owner's Manual
- for use with select Universal Remotes
- compatible with iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPod nano (first through fourth generations only)
- compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4
- 16MB flash memory
- 64MB RAM for remembering up to 1,024 song selections
- displays album art and metadata on TV screen as "screensaver" to prevent burn-in with plasma screens
- front panel IR sensor for compatible Universal remote
- rear IR input for RF base station IR flasher (cable included)
- pass-through syncing
- automatically charges docked player
- Ethernet port
- stereo RCA output
- component video output
- compatible with both Mac® and PC
- customizable backlight label
- AC power adapter
- 6-7/8"W x 1-1.2"H x 6-1/2"D
- weight: 1.7 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- PC: iTunes; Windows® XP, Vista, or higher
- Mac®: iTunes; OS 10.4x - 10.5.x
Overview: The URC Personal Server (PSX-2) lets you browse and listen to music, movie, & photo content stored on your iPod/iPhone through your home entertainment system. The URC Personal Server offers on-screen automated iPod/iPhone operation via select URC remote controls (554MX450, sold separately) and a television with component video inputs. The PSX-2 connects to your home audio system via stereo audio RCA outputs.
Component Video Output: The URC Personal Server's component video output provides an on-screen menu to browse your iPod/iPhone's contents and playback of your iPod/iPhone's video contents on your connected television.
Note: This unit does not feature a composite, S-video, or HDMI output.
Analog Audio Output: The URC PSX-2 connects to your home audio system via a rear-panel stereo audio RCA output, so you can listen to your iPod or iPhone through your home entertainment system.
Note: This unit does not feature a digital audio output.
On-Screen Menu: The URC Personal Server (PSX-2) provides an On-Screen menu with Cover Art, Song/Artist Text, and Track Information to browse your iPod/iPhone's, using a compatible URC remote control.
URC Remote Compatible: The PSX-2 requires a compatible URC remote control for operation. The device itself has no control buttons, and your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked. The URC Personal Server (PSX-2) features a front-panel IR sensor window for remote operation with select URC remote controls.
Note: A rear-panel IR input (3.5mm) and the included 10' IR cable let you connect the PSX-2 to the URC RF base station (554MRF260, sold separately).
Content Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's stored content by Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Podcasts, Genres, Composers, Jukebox, Audiobooks, Movies, TV shows, and more from your connected television; using a compatible URC remote control.
ABC Search: By entering a single letter you can quickly navigate long lists of songs, artists, albums, genres, playlists, movies, TV shows, or videos stored on your iPod/iPhone. You can enter as many letters as you want to narrow down the search results.
Instant Shuffle Play: You can shuffle the playback of unique music subsets on your iPod, instead of shuffling the entire music content on your iPod. You can shuffle the playback of any genre, artist, or album.
Play More Function: When you hear a song you like, you can use the "Play More" function to browse only songs from that particular artist, album, genre, or composer.
Jukebox (Playlists): Using the PSX-2's "Jukebox" function, you can create personalized playlists of up to 1,024 songs. The unit's built-in memory retains the playlist as long as the same iPod/iPhone is always used. The created playlist will be lost if another iPod/iPhone is inserted, during a reset, or if there is a power failure.
iPod/iPhone Sync (via Ethernet): Via the PSX-2's rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and the URC PSXLink software, you can update your iPod/iPhone's music and video content without having to remove it from the dock. PSXLink is a free download for both Macs and PCs. It can be downloaded from the Universal Remote Control website - www.universalremote.com. Your Mac or PC will need to meet the following system requirements to use the URC PSXLink software.
- iTunes must be installed
- PC with Windows XP or Vista (32-bit) version or higher
- MAC with Mac OS: 10.4x - 10.5.x (PPC version), 10.4.4 - 10.5.x (Intel version)
- 10/100 Network connection between the PSX-2 and the PC/Mac
iPod/iPhone Charging: The URC PSX-2 will keep your docked iPod or iPhone charged.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The URC Personal Server (PSX-2) is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of July 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||URC Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.
AC Power Supply: The URC Personal Server (PSX-2) operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter.
- Input: 100-240V~0.3A, 50-60hz
- Output: 5V - 2A (10W max)
Note: A front-panel Power LED indicates the the PSX-2 is connected to power.
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