The Lync controller is an advanced whole-house audio controller that is designed for both extensive features and ease of connectivity and use. Used in combination with a centralized multi-channel amplifier and decentralized LyncPad keypads, it provides easy access to your favorite audio sources. Lync also provides a full-featured intercom system with both point-to-point and point-to-all capability.
For every zone, Lync provides both variable and fixed outputs, along with a convenient mono/stereo switch for the variable output. With amplifier channels connected to the variable output, volume buttons on the LyncPad directly impact the sound level in the main area within a zone. The fixed output is used to feed as many additional amplifier channels as needed for "sub-zones". A sub-zone is any area within a zone that is a slave to the source selected by the LyncPad, but has independent volume control, usually through the use of rotary or slide-type volume controls connected "in-line" with the speaker cable run for the speakers in the sub-zone.
Six centralized sources, including a simple built-in MP3 player, plus one source located within every zone, are available for selection independently from each zone. The MP3 player can be controlled directly from a LyncPad (or the Remote Control for the LyncPad), and the other five centralized sources can be controlled via their own infra-red (IR) remote controls from virtually any location in the home. This is achieved by pointing the remote at any LyncPad. The IR signals are received by a built-in IR "eye" located on each LyncPad, then transferred through the Lync controller to each centralized source with the use of IR emitters (included with our system packages).
One source can be connected within each zone either using the 3.5mm input located on the front of the LyncPad, or with a special source input panel installed within the zone that is connected via Cat5/6 cable to the back of the LyncPad. This is a significant feature not found on most whole-house systems. It is most often used for the convenient connection of TVs and portable devices such as MP3 players, smartphones, and iPods.
Including a full-featured intercom makes perfect sense with a whole-house system of this caliber, although it is a feature not found on other systems in this price range. Each LyncPad includes a built-in microphone so you can have a two-way communication with a specific zone or page into all zones. A DND (do not disturb) feature is included in case you prefer to be left alone.
Connecting the Lync controller to the multi-channel amplifier(s) is easy using standard RCA-patch cables (included). LyncPads are plugged in using standard RJ-45 connections for the Cat 5/6 cables (not included). We even include a mono 3.5mm trigger cable which allows the multi-channel amplifier to automatically be powered up and returned to sleep mode depending on whether or not any LyncPads are powered on. This allows the system to be powered up one time and then automatically operate at its most efficient level.
New to Lync 6 v3 (version 3): Phone-to-ZoneTM is a unique feature developed specifically for the new Lync 6 v3 and Lync 12 v3 controllers. Phone-to-ZoneTM allows you to use your phone or smart device to "intercom" with any zone in your home! Calls are initiated from the phone and achieve two-way communication with any LyncPad. If a zone does not have a LyncPad installed, you can still initiate a one-way call (page) into the zone.
Phone-to-ZoneTM requires our current door interface and a third-party device that runs Skype or a comparable VOIP platform that includes auto-answer. An old computer or Android device works great for running Skype. If one is not available, we recommend purchasing an inexpensive Android device (around $50) and downloading the Skype app. In the case of Skype, you will want to set up a unique and free Skype account only to be used with Phone-to-ZoneTM. Set this account to auto-answer and only accept incoming calls from the contact list. Only add Skype accounts and phone numbers to that contact list that you want to have Phone-to-ZoneTM access. Routing to specific zones is achieved by pressing touch-tones on your phone.
Phone-to-ZoneTM calls can be initiated from within the home or from anywhere in the world where you can access Skype. Communication quality is as good as Skype with minimal latency.
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