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URC R50 Digital Universal Remote Control for up to 18 Components (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • On Screen set up Wizard
  • Easy operation for the whole family
  • 48 Color My Favorite Channels
  • Learning and preprogrammed
  • MacroPower ON/Off single button control
  • Control up to 18 devices including TV, satellite, cable, & A/V devices
  • No internet or PC required for setup; uses an on-screen wizard
  • SimpleSound gives total volume control over all the components in a system
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The URC MX-450 universal remote control provides enhanced control of up to 18 of your favorite home entertainment devices. When paired with the MRF-260 addressable narrow-band RF base station, it can control components up to 100 feet away. This radio-frequency technology works through walls, across the house, or even out in the yard.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches ; 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001KC08AE
  • Item model number: URC-R50
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Control up to 18 components with NO internet or PC needed

From the Manufacturer

URC-R50 Universal Remote: Sophisticated, Professional-Level Home Theater Control

Having an advanced home theater system can be a great experience. High definition movies and sound, and all your favorite music and TV shows. But the more advanced the system, the more difficult you may be finding it to navigate between all your high-definition sources like your Blu-ray player or cable set-top box. Are you ready to give up the stack of remotes in your living room for a simple single solution that gives you professional-level control of your home theater?

The powerful yet affordable consumer line of universal remotes from Universal Remote Control puts control of your home theater at your fingertips. No need for complicated setups or expensive complete systems--the URC-R50 lets you spend less time wrestling to control your home theater, and more time enjoying it.

The URC-R50 Universal Remote
Choose from a wide variety of logos for your favorite channels

URC Consumer remote controls: helping you control the experience, one component at a time.

Replace Up to 18 Remotes with One URC-R50

Perfect for the advanced DIY, the URC-R50 replaces up to eighteen individual remote controls and offers a customizable color LCD screen, complete with device and TV channel icons, and brightly backlit buttons. URC's Digital R50 works with thousands of home theater produces--even iPod docks--and has simple "Wizard" based set-up options. You'll be able to easily setup your control system so that any member of the family can operate it. No PC or complicated programming is required.

Experience home entertainment like never before with the URC-R50.

Simplify Controlling Your Home Theater with Macros

In addition to being a great replacement for up to 18 remote controls, the URC-R50 delivers much more. MacroPower is a very useful way to make a lot of things happen with one button push. For example, in most home theaters, to watch television, the user must turn on the TV, then turn on the Cable Box or the Satellite Receiver, then turn on the Surround Sound system for sound. Instead of pressing all of those buttons one at a time, MacroPower enables you to turn on all of these components, in the sequence you want, with one button push.

The R50 uses MacroPower to allow you turn on your TV, cable box, DVD player and surround sound system all at the same time with the press of one button. The R50 even allows you the option of hiding screens you aren't using and editing text on every LCD button for maximum customization. Have a surround sound system? Use the "Copy and Paste" feature to access your receiver's volume while viewing any device control screen.

The URC-R50 also comes with eight reserved pages to program up to forty-eight favorite channels, complete with station logos.

The URC-R50 Universal Remote
Replace up to 18 remotes with the URC-R50
SimpleSound Total System Volume

With SimpleSound, the Volume and Mute buttons always control the sound regardless of what screen is displayed, even those that do not have their own built-in volume control such as TiVO and DVD players. This is set up by using Copy and Paste to copy the commands from your TV or Audio system to the Volume and Mute buttons on all of your other devices. So no matter what, there are no hassles when you quickly need to reduce or mute sound for a phone call or doorbell.

Channel Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the R50 remote so that either the Cable or TV Channel Controls (CHANNEL UP, DOWN, LAST, CHANNEL NUMBERS 0-9, +10 and ENTER) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

Transport Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the URC-R50 so that DVD or DVR Transport Controls (PLAY, STOP, FF, REW, PAUSE, SKIP and RECORD) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

OSD (On-Screen Display) Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the URC-R50 so that CBL or DVD OSD Controls (MENU, GUIDE, INFO, EXIT, SEL and 4 Cursor Controls) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

Learning Mode

This feature will allow you to literally teach the URC-R50 commands from other remote controls; when the remote is in learning mode, you can line the two remotes facing each other and transfer commands with just a few buttons presses. Press any button on the R50 remote that you want to teach a command to. For example, if you want to teach the MUTE button on the R50 remote the TV Mute command from the other remote, first press the MUTE button on the R50 remote and the TV component button LED light will blink once indicating that the R50 remote is ready to learn the command. This way, your remote is never obsolete--the URC-R50 grows with your home theater.

What Critics Are Saying About URC-R50

"The URC R50 is one of the easiest remotes we've ever attempted set up...especially for the non-technically inclined. The packaging includes a one-sheet guide to help you get started, but you really don't even need that. Why? An intuitive setup wizard is ready to take you through the simple steps to get your gear up and running and consolidate your remote controls."
--Krissy Rushing, Digital Trends

"URC Digital R50's successful combination of good design and easy programmability makes it a good alternative to Logitech Harmony universal remotes."
--John Falcone, CNET

"The R50's comfortable ergonomics and bright color screen make it competitive with the higher priced [Logitech] Harmony remotes, and, while it may take a few extra steps, it can accomplish the same kind of intelligent and unified system control that you find on even the most expensive competitive remotes."
--Chris Boylan, Big Picture Big Sound

Technical Specifications

  • Learning Capability: Up to 1,500 Buttons
  • Macro Capability: 1,500 Macro buttons (up to 255 steps each)
  • Non-Volatile Flash Memory: 32 MBs
  • IR Range (Line-of-Sight via Infrared): 30 - 50 feet
  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.3" x 8.9" x 1.1"
  • Unit Weight: 0.55 lbs (with batteries)
  • Gross Unit Weight in Package: 0.9 lbs
  • Power: AA Alkaline x 4 (Included)
  • Warranty: One year including parts & labor

Which URC Remote is Right for You?

Universal Remote Control SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
How Many Components Can It Control? Up to 3
TV and DVD Components
Up to 6
A/V Components
Up to 7
A/V Components
Up to 10
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
MacroPower Single Button Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Programmed and Learning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast & Easy "Quick Setup" Yes Yes Yes Yes
Setup Wizard Yes Yes
SimpleSound Total Volume Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backlit Keys Yes
*device keys only
*device keys only
Yes Yes Yes Yes
"My Favorites" Channels 4 4 4 48 48 48
Built-in Display Backlit LCD Color OLED Color LCD
"Barrier Free" RF Control Yes

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to program and the Macros work very well.
Can learn any code from another remote, and the capability to program multiple steps (macros) is a real plus.
I.E. turn on TV, set to input 1, turn on receiver, set to TV, turn on cablebox.
Chad W.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Z. Boatright on May 13, 2010
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I really like this remote control. URC did some really clever things when putting this product together. There are some draw-backs to this product that I will discuss in greater detail, but none of those issues are significant enough for me to not recommend this device to most users. On the whole I'm very glad I bought this device. I replaced a Logitech Harmony 880 with the URC R50, and I honestly believe it was the right decision for me.

Everyone who has ever used a Logitech Harmony Remote knows that programming a universal remote with your computer is quick and easy. For most users the Harmony software gets the job done and they never consider the possibility that there may be a better alternative out there. This class of consumer is willing to accept the limitations that comes with using the Harmony product to program their remote. I am not one of those consumers.

After using the Harmony 880 for five years I learned a few things that are worth knowing about universal remotes:
1) Rechargeable batteries are annoying.
The Harmony 880 uses a table top dock to charge the batteries on their remotes. Over time the connection between the dock and the remote becomes less true, and eventually I had to balance another remote on top of the harmony to weight it down into the dock so that it would charge. The URC R50 uses batteries, and those batteries can be replaced. The R50 also offers 18 hours of continuous button mashing with 4 AA batteries, or months of normal intermittent use. The URC R50 also has a time out kill switch that will put the remote on standby if one button is pressed continually for more than a minute. In other words, battery saving features make this remote a good alternative to remotes with rechargeable battery packs.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Scrabblefiend on May 23, 2009
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I went from hating this remote and being really sorry I had purchased it, to liking it. There is truth to all the reviews, I found,and so I hope this one will be useful. While I would not classify myself as being technically inclined, I don't think I am a complete dufus, owning many, many gadgets/ electronics and having had no trouble in the past. Thus, I thought that programming this could not be so bad. How wrong I was. It really was painfully slow for me, with a lot of trial and error, exactly because of the absence of the manual. With hindsight, I think the quick start guide was trying to tell me many things, but in a slightly abbreviated form, and sometimes with crucial or helpful steps missing. Like many poorly written instructions or bad teachers, these assume a certain knowledge, and also that one can fill in the blanks. If you fall into that category of being able to make some leaps without detailed instructions, or you are good at reading between the lines of general instructions, you will have no trouble. Otherwise, take the attitude that the setting up has to be done just once (however slow and painful) and THEN comes the good part. The macros (quick start tries to explain these -- sort of) are exceedingly useful. Buttons are easy to learn, based on their layout and their different shapes. You can teach any button to learn anything within a device category, and you have the capacity to re-label everything also. You can choose the brightness of the color screen. And so on. You end up with a very useful item which is exactly what it is: a Universal Remote Control.

Update: I have added the Roku to the list of devices and have used the volume and channel cut and paste functions, thus one is able to do favorite channels and change volume super easily. Also, when programming macros, make sure to do a practice run and jot down the exact steps, taking nothing for granted, THEN program the macro on the URC.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By sailorweather on December 27, 2008
Universal Remote Control URC-R50 Digital R50 Universal Remote Control

I ended up buying a HD-TV and a new DVD-VHS for the family and set them up just before Christmas. Ended up with 4 remotes just to watch TV in the the evening. I did some background research and found this new remote from Universal Remote that seemed to fit the bill to consolidate all the remotes. there are not many instructions included in the package but it stated the instructions were built into the remote. I was able to set up all 4 remotes into this one within less than 1 hour and I am not experienced in this. The TV code was the first one the "computer" selected in the remote and with some testing it worked fine. The Cox cable box remote worked fine and was able to verify that it worked in getting the "pay per view movies" channel. The TIVO (TM) was also preprogrammed into the remote and had built in all the buttons the same as in the TIVO remote. Impressive. The DVD-VHS remote was also coded correctly and works fine. Each selection of a code the remote provides instruction of how you can test the individual equipment to make sure it has the right code before proceeding.
The one negative is that I tried to program a macro but was not able to do it from the instructions included or those provided in the remote. I knew all the steps I wanted but could not get from one devise to another while programming the remote. I may call the help line when I get a chance.
The button layout to me is fine. With the small screen, and so many other touch screen found in electronics, I am tempted to touch the screen rather than the adjacent button. I'm sure that will be in the next generation.
Impressive and it did work. I'm not an electronic geek so can't compare to other remotes.
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