In the market for a TV console or cabinet for your brand new flat screen? Before making your purchase, you must first consider what type of remote control you intend to utilize.
In today’s electronic market, there are two primary types of remote control systems available to consumers, IR based systems and RF based systems. IR stands for Infared and means the remote must be pointed directly at the receiver. RF stands for Radio Frequency and means the remote is multi-directional.
Just about every remote that comes with any piece of A/V equipment these days uses an IR based control system. This type of system works great if all of your equipment is sitting at eye level and directly in front of you with no obstructions between you and the equipment. In today’s homes, however, this is usually not the case. More often than not, people are hanging their TV’s on the wall and putting all of their equipment in a nice piece of furniture below, or simply setting the TV on top of a cabinet which holds the equipment. This can cause some functionality issues with an IR system.
Radio Frequency (RF) operation provides up to 100′ range though walls, floors and doors, indoors or outdoors. Self-adhesive “emitters” affix to the infrared sensors on the front panels of your components. The emitters relay IR commands to components out of sight to the RF base station front blaster. The emitters plug in to the RF base station rear flasher line outputs via their 10 foot cables. An IR/RF Universal Remote Control can be programmed to operate equipment placed throughout the house.
When asked to consult on an A/V layout for a new-construction vacation home back in 2005, I developed the drawing and 3D rendering shown below:
And this is how it actually turned out…
All the A/V equipment is controlled via an Osiris MX-350 Universal RF Remote since the components are hidden behind the wooden doors of built-in cabinets. Here is how it works…
It’s been nearly ten years, and everything still works flawlessly. Although it is time to upgrade from the 220 lb. Sony CRT TV to a flat panel HDTV :)
Don’t have built-ins to hide away your A/V components? Below you will find a sampling of TV consoles/cabinets that lend themselves to both IR and RF Remote Control.