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Sony RM-VL600 8-Device Universal Learning Remote (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Controls up to 8 AV components
- Learning function for programming remote signals
- One-touch system control (12 macro functions)
- Easy operation of on-screen menu for DVD and VCR
- Pre-programmed codes are compatible with most brands
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|Item Dimensions||8.66 x 2.09 x 1.14 in||1.02 x 2.05 x 9.29 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||1.02 x 2.05 x 9.29 in||1 x 2.24 x 7 in||4 x 6 x 2 in|
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Controls up to 8 a/v-compatible components easy operation of on-screen menu for dvd & vcr compatible with most major brands comfortable ergonomic design 1-touch system control with 12 macro functions pre-programmed codes are compatible with most brands learning function for programming from other remotes requires 2 aa batteries
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I don't know if people are still looking for something like this anymore so this review is probably pointless, but you never know.
I bought it several years ago for my Dad. His man cave has 2 TV's, a stereo, a VCR, a DVD player, and a cable box.
He has, One remote to rule them all! This remote.
It has many codes for a huge number of devices, but it's also a Learning remote. That means you can teach it to use devices it doesn't have a program for, or even customize it's program for a device it does have a program for.
IE - we put in the code for one of his TVs. It did very well, but we assigned certain specific functions of that TV to unused buttons on the remote.
In order to "teach" it, you will need the remote of the device you want to control.
You probably won't need to teach it, it has alot of built-in programs for all sorts of devices. I found teaching it to be useful for customizing what we wanted certain profiles todo.
Nice macro function that lets you program a series of commands onto 1 of 4 buttons. I use one of the buttons to turn on my stereo and TV at the same time. Not sure I'll the other Macro buttons yet or not.
This remote has more "infrared signal power" too. I don't have to have as good of "aim" as with my 4 old remotes.
A great feature is you can program the remote to operate the volume of your stereo no matter what device mode you are in. This is a built-in feature that specifically does that.
You can also say program the video input function of your TV onto the DVD and Tivo modes. It's just that you have to do it individually. Not a big deal though.
Overall remote layout is fine. My Tivo remote is a bit more comfortable to hold, but this one ain't bad at all. I think the video input switch is in an odd position. Sometimes I like to switch between inputs, say watching a Live show and then watching or playing something else in between commercials. Good news is one can program most any button to be video input.
Bad: Remote is already coming apart. I have a 1 1/2 yr old whose job it is to test out the durability of remote controls and this one isn't as durable as the other 4 remotes I have. The top half was coming off a bit yesterday, but I snapped it back into place. Seems fine now. It's not going to be a problem for most people, but be aware that it seems less durable than my random sampling of 4 other remotes that have been tested by my little one.
Not a con of the remote, but one thing that makes the Macro function less useful is I can't directly tell my TV what input to switch to. So even if I have one button that tells my TV, Stereo, and DVD player to turn on and the DVD to play I'd still have to manually switch my TV to the DVD input. I could program the remote to push the video input button 3 times, but who's to say my TV started on Video 1 or Video 2? Minor quibble. :)
Another small negative is I've found that some buttons can't be reprogrammed. I tried to reprogram the record function in Tivo mode and it couldn't be changed. I found a few other buttons in certain modes are like this.
Doesn't light up.
Overall this remote is a super value. $18 is what I paid on Amazon for it. It does everything you'd want with a remote and more.
Update 2/8/09: The remote is still going strong even if it came apart once or twice more. Great product!!
My theory on buying electronics is, buy Sony. Sony makes everything I need in the way of electronics. Buying one brand has its advantages, generally everything works well together with the other electronic items. With better and better remotes that is not as much a problem as in the past. There are certain annoyances or imperfections to many of the products they produce. On the whole Sony still receives an 'A' grade for giving us more than any other electronics manufacturer.
I have a couple of the RM-AV3100s, and these require you to read the manual extensively. 99 percent of the population does not read the manual cover to cover, and then writes bad reviews of products they haven't bothered to spend the time to read the manual. The manual for this remote is very short and to the point. I was able to program everything to about six different products from cable box to older Sony ES receivers. My RM-AV3100 could not do the volume function on an STR-DA90es, which irked me. It worked better than the original remote. This unit also has a FLAT bottom. Yes, that is important, because when you set it down on something like a couch or table, it won't flip over like other dead fish remotes. It doesn't force you to always pick it up for operation like round bottomed remotes.
A tip about programming remotes, generally using codes is a waste of time. Use the learning function, takes longer, but everything that you need will be there for you, and in the place that suits you if you don't like the preprogrammed slots. Codes always seem to miss important buttons or not all functions.
The only negative I will hand out to this remote, the learn and erase functions are a little hit and miss. After you program one component, take the time to double check the learning or erase functions that you have performed. My RM-AV3100 will tell me if I've made a mistake with some beeping noises and flashing LCD. The RM-VL600 won't tell you much with it's dumb flashing red light, so check your work. I always hit the wrong button periodically too.
Another great feature, buying it on Amazon, if it doesn't work, return it for a no hassle. Good luck with that at Joe's Electron World or Best Buy after the magical 30 days.
Once you have this set up, it will be your buddy. Buttons are layed out very well. Can be manipulated like a champ in the dark in no time. I have not replaced the batteries in the first two months either. A minor item to mention, I noticed a couple of the buttons, enter and recall, are losing some of their printing. Shouldn't happen. Hey, I use it a lot! No, I'm not returning it either.
Final point, a big one, I think I'm going to buy another one for the kitchen, at AMAZON. By the way, what's up with people writing reviews on Amazon for lousy products and service they received at some other joint. Why go there in the first place? OK, I like Costco too. Can someone please explain that to me. I don't want to hear about some refurbished junk hoisted on some unsuspecting consumer at Mom's Electronics and the subsequent sob story about no returns, AND a slammed review on Amazon for a good product.