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New Sony RM-AV3000 Learning Remote

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by ]|EGG|[, May 25, 2002.

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    Guys anyone know where to buy oneof these in the U.K. please?

    I've searched through many online retialers that specialise in remotes and most seem to be in the USA and none seem to ship to the UK :(

    The cheapest I've seen the remote advertised online is $107.00 which I thought was a bargain considering Sony UK quoted me as it being £200 when it was released over here!

    Any words of wisdom greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Myself, and another guy (from the net) were both trying to get hold of one of these beautiful things. Every retailer in the US I emailed said they wouldn't ship here.

    www.techtronics.com have it on their website, but it's listed as not available yet. Note, the price is ex vat. You'll have to search their site for universal remote.

    Personally, I wouldn't order from them, after reading many negative posts.

    I seem to remember someone saying that Sony UK had indicated a launch date of around August. I bet the greedy so-and-sos will price it at £199.99.

    Anyway, I couldn't wait, so I bought the RM VZ 950T. I am absolutely delighted with this. I paid £10 more than techtronics was charging for this, but I was buying from a company I'd used before.
     
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    Just bought a Sony RM-AV3000 on eBay. I took the risk and did a buy it now for £115. He has had so many orders that he is waiting for more stock at the moment but I should get it in a week or so.

    I'll let you know how I get on and if he can sell direct at that price, but I suspect it may go up, due to supply and demand!


    Before that the cheapest I found was $99 but they wanted $120 to ship to the UK!

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    Thanks Dave, Hope you receive it soon, Please keep us posted:)
     
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    If anyone is interested there are a few of these on ebay at £119 plus £20 P&P. They ship from the states.

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    The remote arrived this morning, I shall have a bit of time to play this weekend and I'll report back on Monday. Looking through the book it will control Tivo but I'll have to teach it the Sky+ and normal Digibox codes, which is a bit of a bummer! It controls all Sony stuff "out of the box" except of course the Sony Digibox!

    Is anyone else interested at the price I paid? I'd like some idea of figures before I get in touch with the seller.


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    I have a US version of the RM-3000 and I have to say I love it.

    It does all my old 2000 did with lot's of lovely hard buttons (the reason I never got on with my Pronto). Setup was easy but the manual is really badly written.

    In summery, looks great, controls everything I have (with the exception of my IRDA TeleWorst cable box) and now supports some custom labels for the soft buttons.

    Considering it set me back £110 you would have to drag me kicking and screaming away from it.

    For info I am running 12 devices + IR lights and X10 over several 'panels' and ‘macros’ and even the Girlfriend finds it a joy to use (and she is very picky about remotes). The other nice thing is it supports all the commands for my 300 CD Sony jukebox out of the box :D and all the Sony discreet power codes ;).
     
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    I managed to find a bit of time yesterday to have a look at this in earnest.

    I didn't like the Tivo keys provided by default so I decided to teach it all the codes from scratch and allocate it to the STB hard button. Being an American product it didn't support the Sky boxes I have so I had to teach it those codes too. Along with the Panasonic DVD reorder I thought this would take a lot of time. Good job I've a Sony TV and DVD!

    Anyway once you have translated the manual into plain english it's a doddle to teach it. Once in teaching mode all the available keys flash and as you go from one to the other they stop flashing. It's simple to reset it if you make a mistake. Basically, choose a key, send the code from the original, choose another key, send and so on.

    So after 20 minutes or so it was done. The only complaints I have really is that it doesn't have enough "Hard Buttons". I'd have liked the usual Red Green Yellow and Blue for example. And, with my fat fingers, it can be difficult to touch the correct botton on the screen!

    I think I shall learn to love it. I'll have to put the other remotes in a draw though. It's far to easy to pick one up and push that nice friendly button!

    So, I'm afraid, if you want to buy one, you will have to go to eBay and search under the "Buy It Now" section. The guy won't sell direct. I don't think it matters much though, judging by the response to my survey!

    DaveP
     
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    I received my Av-3000 from the states last week and think it's great.

    I too ordered from E-bay but ordered using the option of items available to the UK.

    The dealer is called Mr. Niceguyonline and really is good. There is a buy it now option and he normally has a thousand of the things selling at any one time.

    I paid $136.98 inluding delivery via bidpay and requested that he mark it down for me. When I received it I paid £9 duty off the postie and the value had been marked down as $50.

    All in all I worked out that it came to £100. If you buy it from the UK sellers I think you'll pay an extra £25 all in.

    My way was risky, but I wanted to pay the least amount possible.

    As for the remote it's great, I have a Sony TV and video so that wasn't a prob. All I need to do is program in teletext and create some macro's. Only thing I couldn't find the code for was my telewest analogue cable.

    I reprogrammed the stb codes and made it learn my remote. Worked like a charm...

    Apparently the European one will have stuff in it like teletext and perhaps digital cab/sat. I don't know how much they're going to charge though...

    2nd post phew...
     

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