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Simple, classy remote

MonkeySting

Novice Member
I'm obviously some kind of heathen.

I'm looking for a simple, classy, stylish remote to replace the three for my plasma, DVD player and amp.

The various Harmony remotes certainly enjoy an excellent reputation, but I find them to be too much of a gadget in their own right. And many of the others I've seen look too much like a PDA. In fact, some of them are getting to the stage where you think the remote might need to come with a remote of its own...

So... has anyone seen a simple, classy remote that could control three devices by IR? Something that looks like it came from a high-end piece of AV equipment?

Cheers,
 

GreenBars

Active Member
I recommend the URC-200 from Univeral Remote control Inc. I've had mine for over a year and am 100% satisfied.
 

contraste

Novice Member
MonkeySting said:
I'm obviously some kind of heathen.

I'm looking for a simple, classy, stylish remote to replace the three for my plasma, DVD player and amp.

The various Harmony remotes certainly enjoy an excellent reputation, but I find them to be too much of a gadget in their own right. And many of the others I've seen look too much like a PDA. In fact, some of them are getting to the stage where you think the remote might need to come with a remote of its own...

So... has anyone seen a simple, classy remote that could control three devices by IR? Something that looks like it came from a high-end piece of AV equipment?

Cheers,
How about the new Philips SRU9600?

http://www.press.ce.philips.com/apps/c_dir/e3379701.nsf/0/80283981D34D0814C125711F0037B75E?opendocument
 

MonkeySting

Novice Member
No specific budget in mind. If it's good, it's worth paying for.

That Philips SRU9600 looks pretty cool, I gotta say. Simple. Clean.
 

hornydragon

Well-known Member
havent used a URC9600 may have a play if i can get one cheap enough the internal set up looks OK CNET have decent peice on it from CES 2006 the point bout the harmony is you never need to select a device mode (when configured properly) its all done from activity mode and hard buttons (touch screens are not as useful as they first appear
 

MonkeySting

Novice Member
Well, I've given up on the Philips SRU9600, after too much hassle trying to find a stockist.

Any other ideas anyone?
 

stoobie

Novice Member

stoobie

Novice Member
No don't need anything except the Pronto, it works directly with B&O (built in database) or learns all the B&O codes.
 

stoobie

Novice Member
Yup,
 

stoobie

Novice Member
And what is also good about the Pronto is that it works direct with x10 in the uk too, no need for IR/RF converters
 

hornydragon

Well-known Member
I have used Prontos before and used to sell B&O and i am amshamed to say i did not know Pronto would work B&O without additional hardware......so can you use all of the Beo4 functions on a pronto?
 

stoobie

Novice Member
Yup,

It takes a little time and patience because you need to learn the possible use of each button, but there are loads of guys out there working with prontos.

Have you seen www.remotecentral.com ?

That's where I started. I began with the mono Pronto and last month got the latest colour one. Fantastic.
 

stoobie

Novice Member
I sold my original mono Pronto (Marantz RC5200) last month.

I have learnt the codes from a Beolink 1000, 5000 and BEO4
 

jasper_mccrea

Active Member
One of the other threads on this site says Selfriges on Oxford st do the philips remote. £80. Or buy from france for 80 euros. It does look good - great even - but I'm not convinced of the efficacy of remotes with touchscreens instead of hard buttons.

I don't understand your aversion to the Harmony - I think the range looks quite good. It's extremely good at what it does. I like mine. Well, I'll admit that the initial set up was troublesome, and I find the odd niggle here and there, but it's nothing that you can't live without. I have the 655, one of the cheaper ones.

I find functionality more important than looks, though. I used to have a pronto, and it was next to useless as far as I was concerned, because of the lack of hard buttons.
 

MonkeySting

Novice Member
Indeed. And as you'll see from the other thread, I tried to order from the French site, but they insisted they required copies of personal identification which I am not happy to provide to a company I know nothing about. Oxford Street is not an option.

I find the Harmony cluttered and ugly, simple as that. I don't expect anyone else to agree with my opinion, but then I don't expect anyone else to pay for the items that I choose.

I have very simple requirements in terms of functionality. I don't need or want the superior degree of flexibility offered by the Harmony, and would prefer instead to use something with a clean and fuss-free design.

Remotes are a very subjective, almost emotive accessory, much like keyboards on a PC. I found a UK supplier offering the ARC7 for £120 so I'm going to give that a whirl. My thanks to those who helped out.
 

jasper_mccrea

Active Member
ah, sorry, I wasn't keeping track of usernames there.

The ARC thing does look fuss-free and simple - hope it works out for you.

Cluttered and ugly!??!?! TAKE THAT BACK... sniff..
 

contraste

Novice Member
MonkeySting said:
Indeed. And as you'll see from the other thread, I tried to order from the French site, but they insisted they required copies of personal identification which I am not happy to provide to a company I know nothing about. Oxford Street is not an option.

I find the Harmony cluttered and ugly, simple as that. I don't expect anyone else to agree with my opinion, but then I don't expect anyone else to pay for the items that I choose.

I have very simple requirements in terms of functionality. I don't need or want the superior degree of flexibility offered by the Harmony, and would prefer instead to use something with a clean and fuss-free design.

Remotes are a very subjective, almost emotive accessory, much like keyboards on a PC. I found a UK supplier offering the ARC7 for £120 so I'm going to give that a whirl. My thanks to those who helped out.
Look forward to reading your thoughts on the ARC7 when you had it for a while.
 

SP00KY

Active Member
Same here - will be interested to know how you find the ARC7.
 

MonkeySting

Novice Member
I thought I'd provide a quick update now I've been using the ARC7 for a few days.

The quality of the unit is excellent. It's made from a single piece of aluminium, and consequently feels very solid. The buttons have a very positive action, and overall it feels likely to be around for quite some years. The buttons aren't backlit, however.

Programming the unit was simple enough, if fiddly, no doubt as it is with all programmable remotes. You can program the unit either directly, by pointing your source remote at the ARC7 and telling it which button to store the code under, or you can use the included software which communicates with the remote via USB.

The software is a bit clunky, but gets the job done. Pre-made code files are included for several manufacturers, although I chose to make my own.

I programmed each of the device keys (TV, DVD, amp, etc) with the appropriate codes for my equipment, and then programmed the keys in the AUX1 setting to be a 'hybrid' of those I use most frequently, i.e. pressing the power on button turns on my TV, DVD and amp simultaneously; the volume keys are programmed with codes for my amp; the play/stop/etc and cursor keys are programmed with codes for my DVD.

Overall, I'm quite happy with it.

I'm sure something in the Harmony range would offer more functionality, but the only improvements I could suggest for the ARC7 would be to add backlighting for the keys and improve the PC software.
 

stoobie

Novice Member
MonkeySting said:
The buttons aren't backlit, however.
The blurb says : 42 blue backlit button remote with support for up to 7 devices.

Maybe you have missed something! Otherwise I'm glad it sounds as good as it looks!

Stoobie
 

stoobie

Novice Member
Alex,

How are you getting on with your ARC7 remote? Was it back lit after all? What is the PC programing like? How has it been as far as reliability goes and finally, is the build quality still standing up to everyday use?

My B&O remote is looking a bit worse for wear and I want to replace it. I use a Pronto 990 mainly, but upstairs I use the B&O remote and it will be handy to have a programable one for when I use the B&O link system for watching DVDs or listening to music on the TV.

Stoobie
 

stoobie

Novice Member

contraste

Novice Member
have any of you used a Philips RC9800i? Is it any good? Looks nice....
I've had one and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are happy with the absolute minimum of customisation.

You are stuck with Philips' button and screen layout and you have to scroll through up to six screens to access all the functions for any one device. It drives you crazy and you cannot delete, add or rearrange any of the buttons on the touch screen.

This is a RC that is crying out for user configuration ability to make it the 'classy remote' we are searching for. The wifi ability is cool but a little flakey in operation and you have to be careful about which version of Philips Media Manager you install, later versions are likely to freeze on a regular basis.

To make matters worse, Philips seem to have forgotten all about software updates for this model and have chosen to ignore all the comments on the Streamium Cafe forums (for Philips wifi based products) pleading for bug fixes and updates.
 

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