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Universal Remote Control MX-500 10-Device LCD Viewscreen Remote Control with Joystick Operation (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.6 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews

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  • Controls up to ten devices
  • Preprogrammed for over 1,000 audio/video components
  • Learns up to 530 commands via infrared from device remotes
  • Send out multiple commands at once with the macro function
  • LCD viewscreen with 26 individual pages
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Universal Remote Control
  • Model Number: MX-500
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Weight: 1.15 pounds

Product Description

Product Description

Controls 10 a/v components including audio, satellite, catv, tv, vcr, dvd, ld, tuner, cd & aux ; lcd screen with 26 pages with customizable text ; favorite channel buttons (create up to 50) ;can be programmed to send up to 10 commands each; 2 types of macro operations: m1, m2, m3 ;buttons send out up to 20 commands each; easy to program using code library; bright el illumination on all buttons & lcd screen; built-in memory backup system ; 1-year warranty ; includes 4 aaa batteries.

From the Manufacturer

This preprogrammed learning remote control is designed to simplify your entertainment experience. The brightly backlit LCD view screen actually has 26 individual pages for operating up to 10 audio and/or video components. The component buttons are strategically placed around the LCD view screen and can be renamed, according to the actual components that your audio or video system may include.

The MX-500 is ergonomically designed and weight balanced to fit comfortably in one hand. The brightly backlit LCD view screen and buttons make navigation within a darkened home theater environment a breeze. To further enhance the navigation of the remote control, the MX-500 has incorporated a multi-directional joystick.

The MX-500 Punch Through feature enables control of one component while the remote is actually in another component mode. For example, you can adjust the volume of the amplifier while actually in the DVD mode, eliminating the need to toggle back-and-forth from the DVD screen to the amplifier screen.

The macro feature allows the remote control to be programmed to send out multiple commands at once. The unit has 3 dedicated macro buttons, a "Power" button and a "System Off" button that send out up to 20 commands each. For example, the MX-500 can be programmed to turn on all the components within the home theater system at just the touch of a button!

The MX-500 also incorporates a memory back-up system designed to prevent memory loss for up to one year, should the batteries be removed.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2 x 12 x 6.8 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer Universal Remote Control, Inc.
Item model number MX-500
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,644 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Remote Controls > TV Remote Controls
#9,088 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#13,951 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I highly recommend the MX-500 for anyone trying to control 4+ devices in a home theater system. You can program it to control almost any device with the built-in codes or use the original remote that came with your equipment to "teach" the MX-500 the necessary codes. I use it to control a Directivo, Zenith TV, Panasonic DVD player, Mitsubishi & GE VCRs, Yamaha CD player and a Sony digital receiver.
Customization is very easy, with the ability to edit button labels (on the LCD screen) with the names or types of your equipment, and the ability to program buttons for 50 of your favorite channels (a must if you have satellite or cable service of 150+ channels). The MX-500 also permits macro programming, i.e., the ability to execute multiple commands with one button. For example, the "Power" button can be programmed to power on all your home theater equipment; the "System Off" button can be programmed to turn it all off. Three other macro buttons are provided for other customized, multiple commands.
You can also teach it, like most higher-end remotes, to "push down" certain commands, e.g., the volume buttons can be set to manipulate the volume of your home theater receiver, regardless of which device you are using (DVD, VCR, TV).
The IR range of the remote is excellent: I've changed channels across the room pointing the remote at the wall !! Battery life is also top-notch (it uses 4 AAA batteries) and the user manual is well-written.
The one weakness with this remote is that the "select" button (the black center bezel) is a little awkward to use because it's almost too stiff. I tend to use the joint of my thumb rather than the pad to engage it because otherwise I was inadvertently hitting the up, down, or left/right arrows.
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I gave up on my Sony RM-VL1000 and got an MX-500, and am *very* happy with it. The remote is customizable in all of the ways I wanted. There are several macro buttons that you can hit on the remote without having to go through any menus. The volume buttons can be customized to pass through to your amp. It's got a nice joystick. I found the setup process to be very easy and intuitive (I don't think I'll have to reference the manual to tweak things in the future). There's good feedback on the LCD as you do things. It's easy to customize what's shown on the LCD for different buttons.
It's got a backlit display, and I like the rubberized feel of the remote.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.
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Finally! A remote that does everything it claims. We recently purchased a 55" HDTV set and my wife grew more and more frustrated with the multiple remote controls we've used for a while and even the cheapo "One for All" we've had that never quite duplicated all the functionality of our original remotes.

Take our audio receiver remote for instance. Our One for All 6131 had a code that controlled the volume, power, and several other functions. But it could not switch the input to DVD, although it could switch to VCR1, VCR2, etc. So we had to keep the original audio receiver remote handy. Same thing for the Tivo remote and the TV remote - the One for All could do most, but not all functions.

Well, the MX-500 takes care of all of that and more. Sure, it has built-in codes and those are a decent place to start. But the key difference about this remote is that it can LEARN from your other remotes. And before you think, "gee, plenty of other cheap remotes say that can learn as well" - they don't even come close to having the memory this one has. Some cheapo learning remotes can learn as few as 30-40 total functions, across all your remotes. That might be nice if you only had one or two devices and it missed only a handful of codes for each.

The MX-500 is nothing like that. It can learn several hundred commands - plenty to absorb every single function for all five of my devices with room to spare.

Not only can it learn all of your old remote's functions, you can assign them to virtually any key, including the keys next to the LCD screen that you can customize yourself.

If I sound excited about this remote its because I am - and the coolest thing - so is my wife!

The MX-500 also has awesome macro capabilities.
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I've had the remote for about 8 months now. It has been by far the best remote i've ever used. It looks really cool, feels great in your hands, and operates nearly perfect. I've bought other crappy, cheap, $30 and under universal remotes and always ended up not even using them and just using 4-5 remotes instead. With the ms-500, I've finally put the remotes away for good. Haven't used any of them since I got the thing fully programed.

There are just a few negative things about the remote, which don't really take away from it:

1. I've noticed that sometimes the volume on the tv mode won't read through fully and will take multiple hits of the button in order for it to work. These are the only buttons that do this for me, it may just be the TV itself.

2. This is really just a minar pet peeve that doesn't really bother me but it should be noted anyway. The numbered buttons (1,2,3 etc.) are located at the bottom of the remote as you can see in the picture. If you're trying to operate them you have to grasp the remote all the way at the bottom which feels awkward. Or you can use two hands.

Many people complain about the middle joystick portion, but I really like this feature.

Bottom line: If your looking for a suitable universal remote for 3+ devices, don't waste your money on a cheap one because you'll probably not use it in the long run and you'll regret the purchase most likely. Go with the mx-500 - you won't be disapointed!

Decided to re-visit my review and see how its aged overtime :)
As I write this it's 2/05 - i've now owned the remote for about 2 years, and it's still going strong and running perfectly!
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