Universal Remotes: Some Things to Consider

Written by Bear Cahill

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I'd sayrepparttar main drawback here is price. Once it's setup, you probably wdn't need to go online w/ it again for months (until you bought a new component to control) sorepparttar 133375 hassle is limited.

Finally, setting up any universal remote is going to involve some learning and this one is probably worth it as much or more thanrepparttar 133376 others if you're willing to spendrepparttar 133377 money.

Basic: Sony RM-VL1000

This isrepparttar 133378 remote I have and I love it. It's learning so it's really universal. It'srepparttar 133379 right size, weight and shape for either hand. It's got allrepparttar 133380 normal buttons w/o being too crowded, but also 4 buttons besiderepparttar 133381 LCD. You can program these buttons to be whatever you want and lable them what you want too. You can scroll thru 3 "screens" for these buttons so each component can actually have 12 buttons programmed inrepparttar 133382 LCD buttons.

It's preprogrammed w/ most common components and those settings userepparttar 133383 LCD buttons when necessary, but you can change any buttons programming as you wish.

It can control up to 12 components which is plenty for most people, but you can haverepparttar 133384 volume set to always controlrepparttar 133385 same device. I have my volume buttons always controlrepparttar 133386 stereo even ifrepparttar 133387 rest ofrepparttar 133388 buttons are workingrepparttar 133389 TiVo. Similarly, I have my power button set for my TV even when I'm workingrepparttar 133390 TiVo.

It has a built in 'power off' macro that turns all Sony components off. You can definerepparttar 133391 rest ofrepparttar 133392 macros yourself and even run them on a timer (I have it set my TiVo to standby every night).

It's a bit of a pain to setup, but once it's done you're set and it's so worth it.

And it's so cheap!


Take all things into consideration when shopping for a universal remote: is it learning, macros, timer, size, shape, weight, cost, buttons, setup, etc. What's important to you?


If you're willing to spendrepparttar 133393 money, I wd getrepparttar 133394 Harmony. Otherwise, I wd getrepparttar 133395 Sony VL1000 - it's (probably) harder to setup, but so much cheaper and a great remote.

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Written by Jill St Claire, President - JSC Marketing, LLC

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