Sony RMVL610B Remote Commander with 3 Color Back Plates - Bright Pack (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Stylish home decore friendly remote
- 3 Bright Colored back plates included
- Controls up to 8 AV compatible components with buttons for: TV/DVD/SAT/CBL/VCR/CD/TAPE/AMP
- Easy operation of on-screen menu for most DVDs and VCRs
- Comfortable ergonomic round back design
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Stylish and home decore friendly Remote Commander with Learning function. Different colored back plates to swap out to match your decore. Able to control 8 components in one, various types of components can be controlled with preset codes + learning. With System Control functions (macros) it achieves higher usability.
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This remote does everything I can think of, and still has several unused buttons. I'm buying these as presents for all my family that have multiple remotes. It's easy to use and has good feel on the buttons. The manual misses one point, though: in many cases, when there are several possible code numbers for controlling a device, one of them is a reduced set (and it won't learn the disabled buttons). On my satellite TV, for example, the reduced set basically has on-off, channel, menu, and program guide. The full set has DVR controls, skip forward and back, PIP, etc. So if you are using non-standard devices, you might want to try more than one code number, even if the first one works.
In my opinion, buttons are (with the minor exception of the Info button) laid out very intuitively. At first you will have to look at the remote when you use it, but after a few days/weeks, you'll have a feel of where the buttons are, even though others have scoffed at the "grid layout" of the remote. I have no problem finding the right button in the dark and I've only owned the remote for a few days. The range on it is spectacular; it's actually better than some of the remotes I've replaced. Just about any button you would expect to find on a remote has it's counterpart on this remote. You won't find any product specialty buttons, but it has buttons from the common (channel up/down) to not so common (PIP, Page Up/Down, Input) labeled. If you are programming the remote with a code you're bound to have one or two buttons not translate over, but you can still use the learning function to map the missing buttons for that component to fully integrate your old remote. You can also program the remote to perform a sequence of commands with the click of one button. This is helpful if you want to turn on/off multiple components or automate a specialized configuration of your components for use with the BluRay or a gaming console. The size of the remote is only a centimeter or two larger than my DVR remote so the size isn't overbearing; it's actually comfortable to hold.
There are some buttons I was hoping to find(CC, Zoom, BluRay instead of VCR, Ticker, HD Format) but didn't, so I had to resort to putting these functions into either one of the generic A - D buttons or changing the implied functionality of a labeled button (like changing the functionality of the "PIP" button to adjust my TV to change from HD Format to 4:3 format). Initial programming can be annoying at first if you are trying to eliminate a remote that doesn't have a corresponding code, but once things are programmed into the remote you can lock it so you don't mess up your mappings.
This is one of the best universal remotes I've ever used, in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, functionality, and range.
The set up procedure was more difficult than the Sony RM VL900 and I missed the ability to have one remote learn all the settings from another, same model remote - we had 3 of RM VL 900 remotes, when we got a new one it only took a couple minutes to copy everything from the older remote. I did find it ironic the Sony RMVL610B remote did not work with our Sony 400 disk DVD player, and had no listed codes for any Sony products. I had to use the learning function to get it set up. At times it was frustrating trying to get these things programmed.
I still rate these these remotes pretty high, because they look good, are cheap and most importantly, do work once you get them set up. Having different colors is nice to keep track of which remote you are using at the time. At Amazon prices I recommend them to anyone that wants a good working learning remote. I could have purchased 3 Sony RMVL610B remotes for about the same amount you would buy just 1 Sony RM VL900.
We tried some of the LED display remotes that cost a lot more, but found them too difficult to read, a younger person with good eyesight probably does not have these types of problems.
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