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Acoustic Research ARRX18G XSight 18-Device Universal Learning Remote Control with Touchscreen Color Display (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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18 Device
  • Controls up to 18 devices from thousands of brands
  • Easy remote-guided setup
  • Color LCD touchscreen
  • Dedicated on-screen activity buttons
  • Contoured backlit buttons
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Technical Details

Style: 18 Device
  • Brand Name: Acoustic Research
  • Model: ARRX18G
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 2.25 pounds
  • Warranty: Limited 1 Year

Product Details

Style: 18 Device
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.2 x 12.2 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002N1J7DU
  • Item model number: ARRX18G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 16, 2006

Product Description

Style: 18 Device

From the Manufacturer

Acoustic Research Xsight Touch Advanced Universal Remote (ARRX18G)

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It's Simple. Actually, It's Really Simple.

The Xsight Touch Advanced Universal Remote will change your home entertainment experience forever. You can start using it right out of the box through the remote-guided setup on the full-color LCD touch screen. Then tap into the real power of this remote through the EZ-RC website. Expand and customize features to control your entire home theater with simple one-touch activities like Watch TV or Listen to CD. No more having to write directions for the grandparents or baby sitter. Create personalized, full-color profiles with channel favorites for Mom, Dad, and even the kids. It's that simple. Bring it home and enjoy!

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This is a picture of the activities button This is a picture of the channels function This is a picture of the people function
So simple. So advanced. So personal.

Remote-guided setup gets you started in no time — no manual required. Control up to 18 components from thousands of brands, with support for the most up-to-date home theater functionality. The EZ-RC website provides guided online setup for powerful and personal functions including one-touch activities like Watch TV or Listen to CD for controlling your whole home theater with a single button-press. Create personal profiles (up to 6) for each family member, and even guests, through the EZ-RC website, including favorite channel icons.

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It can even beautify your home.

Add the Xsight Touch RF Extender (sold separately) and control up to 6 out-of-sight devices from a range of up to 100ft. Hide the clutter and keep unsightly components behind cabinet doors or even in another room! The Xsight Touch built-in RF feature works automatically with DIRECTV RF-capable satellite receiver (no RF extender needed).

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Easy to use.

Remote backlighting lets you use the Xsight Touch in any lighting environment. And its rechargeable battery lets you say goodbye to replacements, with a recharge cradle that's designed to let you use the remote even when its recharging. The remote's built-in tilt switch senses when you pick it up and automatically turns on the LCD screen for instant use. And the slider bar under the LCD screen makes going through the Xsight Touch user interface a snap.

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Once programmed the remote is very easy to use.
Fred J. Love
Too much money for the performance, I think the Harmony is a better remote.
C. Fahy
I called tech support and told me to send it to them.
Ron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Reynolds on May 5, 2010
Style Name: 18 Device
EDIT2: Wow, I've had this remote for nearly 5 years now. It's still going strong. I had to replace the battery once, but it was easy to find a replacement. It's the same battery that is used by many digital cameras. I think I paid less than 15 bucks for a new battery.

I can't believe how much these remotes sell for nowadays. I paid $99 for it at Best Buy! At the time, the competing Harmony was selling for $299, so it was a no-brainer to buy this remote. Since I wrote my review below, I've acquired two more of these remotes (for two of my bedrooms), used, on e-bay. I'm planning to buy a couple more of them soon, but I snipe them when I can get them cheap.

The web programming interface has improved over the years.

The remote still works just as well as it did when new, and so do both of the used remotes I bought.

Since writing the review below, I have simplified my setup considerably. I made sure to only buy components that have separate on and off commands available (by actually programming my remote for the new component before I buy it, and then walking into the store with my remote to test the component!). You'd be surprised how many components have separate on/off commands, but the remote that comes with the component only has a power toggle button. Then, when you program this remote, you find that there are commands that don't exist on the remote that comes with the device. For example, many components have separate ON, OFF, HDMI1, HDMI2, HDMI3, and other commands that do not exist on the remote that comes with the component. You won't know unless you program this remote for the specific component... and then try it in the store.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Skorp on December 28, 2010
Style Name: 18 Device
OK - Let's face the real deal - we all are looking for a "Harmony" type device without the Logitech high prices. This is about the best you will be able to do. I have seen wild price swings on this device from $89.99 to $160.00 and more. Unfortunately, I paid about $150.00 (and still feel it was worth it). The main reason I decided on this remote was because of the "color" buttons - I absolutely needed those. That puts this device in direct competition to the Logitech Harmony 700, which costs more and offers less. So that's the first win. The touch-screen and custom set-ups make it also very attractive. The "learn" function is one of the best I've seen and I have seen a lot of them. Here's the Pros & Cons, as I see them:

Pro's:
1. Nice Construction - appears to have a high quality to the housing and the buttons.
2. Strong IR signal - reaches all my devices without pointing - including the projector behind me.
3. IR "learn" function is perfectly executed - with the receive sensor built into the base of the remote - so the remote you are learning can stay in the same orientation of X-sight remote, instead of head-to-head which means one remote is always upside down.
4. Native RF support - this is rare, and if you need RF support, it would make this device a "must have" - I personally do not need RF support at this time.
5. Battery life - I get about three to four weeks between charges.
6. "Bump" light - bump the remote and it lights up the keys - sweet!
7. Flexible programming - I can set this remote to do just about anything - but read the "cons" to understand.

Cons:
1. Programming software is "on-line" only - no back-ups locally available. Your back-up is totally dependant on a web-site that could disappear at any time.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Steven Peterson on December 30, 2009
Style Name: 18 Device Verified Purchase
I had researched high-end universal remotes for a week or two prior to settling on this one. Amazon was selling it for $149 which was $100 off of the local retailer's price. I also purchased the IR extender for around $60 from Amazon. The packages arrived and I opened them and had the extender plugged in, the remote turned on and programmed to my TV, Blue Ray, and cable box within 5 minutes. It was that easy using the on-remote touch screen programming functions without even getting the instruction manual out of the box.

I did get the manual out later that evening to us my PC to finish programming all of the more advance functions. That process too was pretty simple. I spent around 45 minutes adding in 60 favorite channels, creating favorite channel profiles for myself, my wife, and son. I also created 3 different sequence activities like watch TV, Watch a movie, and turn off and on every component in the system.

I had recently purchased an inexpensive IR repeater with a IR sensor that sat below the TV and had a 10 cord running into my AV cabinet. It was very inconsistent and frustrating. This remote along with the RF/IR repeater worked perfectly and needs no sensor sitting anywhere visible. Everything is sitting behind closed cabinet doors and the remote works from just about anywhere in the entire house perfectly every time without delay.

This remote is the bee's knees.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Who has two thumbs and on December 29, 2009
Style Name: 15 Device
My wife bought me this remote for Christmas after not being able to find a Harmony 700 in the stores.

This is my first UR that does more than your basic cheap UR.

I had asked for a Harmony One but my wife didn't want to spend that much on "just a remote" for me. So she proceeded to look for a Harmony 700. Mind you she waited until the last week before Christmas to start shopping.

Well, Christmas morning rolled around and I opened the box fully expecting to find a 700 and instead found the ARRX15G. She said the stores were all out of the Harmony 700 and that this one was recommended by a sales person as a viable alternative.

I waited a few days before I opened it because I was trying to find reviews online but they all seemed extreme either for or against the remote. Having never used a higher end universal remote I figured what the heck I'd give it a shot. Worse case I'd just return it.

After installing the software and going through the initial device install. I was pleasantly surprised at the flexibility of this remote. I use it to control 4 different devices - a Sony KDFE42A10 television, an Onkyo TXSR606 reciever, a Sony BDP350 bluray player, and an older Sony DVD Player.

I like the button layout and find that I was able to memorize the layout rather quickly.

A day later I decided that I wanted to add a couple of Activities and change some of the color buttons for functions that I use most often. Although, this took some time, about 30 minutes, it was very easy to follow the software and to make the changes I wanted to.

My wife paid $80 for this remote and I am rather satisfied with it. with the money she saved over getting the Harmony 700 she bought me a few blu-rays.
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