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Best bang for the buck
I only gave this 3 stars for reliability because I have owned it just a few days. Based on the look and feel, it appears to be a solidly built product. The buttons...Read complete review
I only gave this 3 stars for reliability because I have owned it just a few days. Based on the look and feel, it appears to be a solidly built product. The buttons have a nice rubbery feel, and it even has a rubber strip running around the center of the remote body to give it a little extra gripping power.With 60 or so usable buttons X 8 devices, and I believe all buttons can be learned if needed, that's a total of over 450 commands that can be learned, on a remote under $30! Plus 12 macros, although it takes a little too long for macros to execute on the component buttons when you hold them down. Luckily the macros execute instantly on the 1-4 system control buttons. Most people will only need 4 main macros anyway.This remote controlled my new Sony Blu-Ray player after I put the batteries in it, no code input, learning or anything, and worked with the very 1st codes I tried for my non-Sony TV and receiver. Although it doesn't have dedicated PIP or Aspect buttons, you can learn them (or any other command) onto any other key you want. Once you do the programming procedures a few times, it's not really too bad, but still might be tedious enough to frustrate some non tech-savy users. Chances are if you can't figure it out yourself, you can get help online somewhere or have a techie friend easily do it for you.I stayed away from Sony remotes in the past because of poor button layout, but it looks like they have steadily improved this with each new model. A lot of the keys are now easy to find by feel, making it easier to use the remote in the dark.Yeah it would be nice to have backlit, or at least glow in the dark keys, and it would also be nice if the A-D keys were macro capable. But at this price, I'll take it!
Most Liked Negative Review
Does an ok but not great job
We have an all Sony home theater set up (except for the satellite receiver) and this remote, after programming, will turn on all the right components and set the inputs correctly only about...Read complete review
We have an all Sony home theater set up (except for the satellite receiver) and this remote, after programming, will turn on all the right components and set the inputs correctly only about two thirds of the time. Frustrating for the less tech savvy members of the family. However this is marginally more accurate than a much more expensive Logitech programmable remote.
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By Ezy Beezy
from Pedricktown, NJ
About Me Practical
Comments about Sony Black Learning Universal Remote Control:
I've been using the Sony RM-VL600 for a couple of years and it works great. This model is even better.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Stereo M
About Me Tech Savvy
This unit replaced an older Sony universal remote that simply wore out after several years of hard use. I liked the old one so much, I bought the current version. I have had to customize a few buttons but this unit controls all the features of my TV, Cable Box, DVD, VCR and high-end Stereo Amplifier and CD Player. It took some time to set up but was worth the effort. My only complaint is that once I turn my cable box on, it takes a minute or two for the remote to fully sync with it. It works immediately with all other compoents. For the I paid price versus remotes costing many times more, this is an outstanding value even with the odd sync problem. When this unit eventually wears out, I will look at Sony again for my next replacement.
Service and delivery comments:
excellent remote upgrade from the old on
from woodland hills, ca
new tv replacement
got here faster than planed
BEST PURCHASE EVER
from BROOKLYN, NY
GREAT REMOTE. COULDNT GET CODE FOR MY JENSEN CD/RADIO PLAYER OR AUDIOVOX PORTABLE DVD PLAYER. TAUGHT REMOTE WITH LEARNING, CAN CONTROL BOTH OF THEM NOW. (HAD TO TEACH EVERY BUTTON THOUGH ONE BY ONE). USING TO CONTROL 7 DEVICES.
Excellent service and quality
from Fullerton, CA
Although no special handling was requested the remote control arrived one day later. The ease of prgramming and operation was as expected from Sony
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great Remote Next Version will be amazing
from Farmer City, Il
The remote is great, I bought it after buying my home theater system. Took a little bit to learn how to program it but after getting the concept it took only 10 minutes. Currently have it controlling tv, set-top box, home theater. Wish it had bluetooth functionality so that it could also control my PS3 system.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect for Controlling Everything
From this one control, I control a cable box, television, DVD/VCR combo, BlueRay player, DVR, and 400 CD music changer. Easy to program but follow the instructions carefully, particularly "press and hold the Device Select button you want to program for more than 3 seconds". If you do - perfect, If you don't - failure, but you won't understand why. Ideal product, well designed with good instructions.
from Columbia, SC
Works well except for two devices: the only Sony device I have, a CD changer, and a fairly rare Daewoo DVD changer. The Daewoo was somewhat expected by the Sony device where the Remote claims to work for out of the box is disappointing. To lean commands you definitely need brand new batteries in this remote and in the remote you learn from. Even almost new batteries will not work, only brand new.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Learning does not work
The other review that mentions this made me laugh - because it's completely true. I am generally tech savy but could NOT make this work at all. I even wondered if they had their codes messed up in the manual and tried all the other codes but NO! Nice remote but if you want a remote that can learn button functions look elsewhere.
Learning Doesn't Work at ALL
from St Louis
Hold Set for 3 secPress Select and SetEnter 9 - 8 - 8Press BDAt this point you would press something on your other remote to teach the Sony, but the Set button just flashes a couple times and then quits.So aggravating. I know this thing was cheap, but there are 6 pages in the manual which are completely pointless.Try with new batteries: checkTry in a pitch black room: checkTry in a room with no other devices: checkGet super mad: checkYell at plastic remote: checkWrite bad review on Sony site: check
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