URC R50 Digital Universal Remote Control for up to 18 Components (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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
- 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
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- Brand Name: URC
- Model Number: URC-R50
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Width: 7 inches
- Display Height: 1.5 inches
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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?
|How Many Components Can It Control?||Up to 3 |
TV and DVD Components
|Up to 6 |
|Up to 7 |
|Up to 10 |
|Up to 18 |
|Up to 18 |
|MacroPower Single Button Control|
|Pre-Programmed and Learning|
|Fast & Easy "Quick Setup"|
|SimpleSound Total Volume Control|
|Backlit Keys|| |
*device keys only
*device keys only
|"My Favorites" Channels||4||4||4||48||48||48|
|Built-in Display||Backlit LCD||Color OLED||Color LCD|
|"Barrier Free" RF Control|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
2) With the Harmony software comes certain limitations.
Using the Harmony software means you have to follow their rules. Don't get me wrong, I like the simplicity of the Harmony software, but I never felt like I had complete control over what is displayed on the remote. The URC R50 isn't a perfect solution, and it too has limitations in what it will allow you to do, but in my opinion, being able to modify my remote configuration without having to turn on my computer is nice. All my macro setup and testing was done in my living room so there was no running back and forth from my computer to my entertainment center to test the remote's configuration. It may be a bit more time intensive to setup the URC R50, but the pay-off is worth the time investment.
3) Hard Buttons vs. Soft Buttons.
This is a personal preference issue that you won't know you have an opinion on until you've used a remote for more than a year. But I learned after using the Harmony 880 for four years that I really HATE hard plastic buttons on remotes. The Logitech remote may look very sleek and stylish, but in your hand it's just a button mashing device, and those hard buttons aren't finger friendly. The URC R50 has soft rubber buttons the conform more the interaction with the human hand. The surfaces aren't smooth and sleek like the Harmony, but it gets the job done. After a few years of using the Harmony 880, I also discovered that hard plastic buttons don't "wear" well over time. After three years many of the buttons no longer triggered their programmed function. I don't know about the longevity of the R50, but Universal Remote Control has a stellar reputation for making good devices. I guess I'll know more in three years.
4) The weaknesses in the URC R50:
-- The R50 doesn't come with verbose instructions or a detailed manual containing a code library. All configuration is done on the remote full color LCD display. There are tips and hints built into the remote, but the lack of comprehensive instructions might be challenging for the average user. As a tech savvy user, I saw this as a challenge which ultimately I over came. If you are stifled by a lack of detailed instructions, this may not be the remote for you.
-- Because there is no Make/Model code guide, you have to run through a series of trial and error to test which code works best with your devices. The good news is that this process is relatively painless, but as I said before... it can make setup a bit time consuming. My advice: Don't accept the first code that comes along and happens to work with your device. Keep testing until you find one that is a really good fit for all the features and functionality of your device. This can mean reconfiguring the remote a number of times until you find the "right" code kit, but it's not difficult to make a change, so there's no reason not to play with the settings until you find some that you really like.
-- Macros require that you know all your desired device settings prior to intitiating the "Recording Mode" for setting up a new macro. Essentially you start the Macro setup process, then run through the process of clicking the functions you want executed as part of the Macro. When you're finished you click the "Done" button, and the functions you clicked are saves as a Macro. This can mean multiple attempts to setup of a particular Macro if you have fat fingers, or make a mistake half way through. I didn't find it too difficult.
-- Unlike the Logitech Harmony remotes, the URC R50 does not have "last state memory". It simply executes macros as you programmed them. This means that if you have 2 s-video inputs on your television, and two different devices are hooked up using S-video from your receiver, when you use the macro to switch between the two devices you will switch inputs on your TV from S-video 1 to S-video 2... (or any duplicated input on your display). I solved for this by simply putting a source selection button configured into every device on my R50. If the incorrect input is selected, I can correct it with my pre-programmed source select button. Harmony wins on this point because they have a built in "Help" feature that will auto-correct issues for you. That was a very nice feature, but with the solution outlined above, I don't feel like I will miss it.
-- The above lack of "state memory" also applies to power state. This means that when you switch from your Xbox360 to your Blueray player, your Xbox may not turn off without programming that into your macro for the switch. Otherwise you will have to turn off ALL devices before you switch to a new device. This is a configuration issue that can be resolved with clever macro programming, but it is a bit tiresome.
After all these consideration outlined above, I still think that the URC R50 is a great device that, with the proper amount of patience and clever macro configuration, can result in a powerful remote that can control every device in your entertainment center. It has a very powerful IR blaster that works really well under almost every living room condition I've thrown at it. At the end of the day I prefer the R50 to my old Harmony 880.
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.