I thought Id write a guide for the Sony RM-MC40ELK which is quite popular with people buying the Sony NW-HD range. Im sure many of you that have the remote already have worked out how to do everything, but I thought Id write this anyway as a reference. This may also answer some queries about the functionality thats available from the remote whilst the unit is buried in your pocket/bag. Its not a cheap item, so may help you decide if you want to get one. N.B In this guide, the Scroll wheel is the one to the right of the LCD display, where-as the Rocker is on the lower side of the remote (used for play/pause/forward/back). When in a list of items, it is the middle item (on the 3 line display) that is affected by any commands. General Playback (included for completeness!) Play - Push in the rocker and the unit will continue where it last stopped. Stop Press the stop button (also labelled cancel) Pause Push in the rocker Skip Forward Track Use the rocker and flick to the right. Fast Forward within track- Hold the rocker to the right (if you pause first, fast forward will go quicker but no audio) Skip Back a Track Use the rocker and flick to the left twice (first one returns to start of track, second will go to previous track). Fast Rewind within a track - Hold the rocker to the left (if you pause first, fast forward will go quicker but no audio) Force a Switch-off hold the stop button. Bookmarks You can add or remove the current playing track from the bookmark list by holding in the rocker until it is registered by the unit. (It does take quite a few seconds) Track Navigation Other than the simple skip track forward and back described above there are more track navigation options. 1) Whilst a track is playing, if you move the scroll wheel up or down the LCD will display the current track list - from there you can move up and down the list (using the scroll wheel), to play a different track from the list, either push in the rocker or push in the scroll wheel. 2) Whilst in this list, move the rocker to the left and you will move up a level in the hierarchy ie Group/Others/Artist/Album/Genre (or subset thereof). From there you can move up and down the list using the scroll wheel. If you want to view the details of something (go down a level), you can select it by pushing in the scroll wheel or moving the rocker to the right. Once at track level, you can start playing the track by pushing in either the scroll wheel or the rocker Alternatively, pushing and holding scroll wheel will return you to top of your current mode (Group/Others/Artist/Album/Genre). You can cycle through each of the main sections with each push and hold of the scroll wheel. Then navigate as above using the scroll wheel and rocker to move up and down levels as desired. Playback Options Display Button - pressing this repeatedly cycles through various information of the current track in the following order, starting with the default. Displays Track Number, Track Time elapsed and Track Name (default) Displays Track Number, Track Time remaining and Track Name Artist, Album name, Track (if any are longer than the display, they will scroll, one at a time, starting with the Artist) Track Number, Play-mode (ie normal/shuffle etc) Track name P-Mode Button pressing this repeatedly cycles through play-modes, starting with the default. Normal 1Track Play Unit Track Shuffle Unit Shuffle Holding in the P-Mode Button this cycles the repeat function on and off Sound Options Sound Button (basics) pressing this button will cycle through the main groups Off V-SUR group - this will select the last option used from the group (Studio/Live/Club/Arena) Sound EQ group this will select the last option used from this group (Heavy/Pops/Jazz/Unique/Custom1/Custom2) Digital Sound Preset this will select the last option used from this group, either Custom3 or Custom4 Selecting Alternatives within a Sound Group If you wish to select one of the options contained within one of the main groups (V-SUR/Sound EQ/Digital Sound Preset) simply hold down the Sound button whilst the current choice from the desired group is on the LCD. The LCD will flash the current option within that group (eg. Studio, Live etc). Use the rocker to cycle through the options left and right and select the desired option by pushing in the rocker. Adjusting Custom Levels When the custom sound options are flashing (Custom1-4) when you push in the rocker the first bar in the EQ band can be adjusted, moving the scroll wheel up and down to adjust the level. Then using the rocker you can move to the right (or left) to adjust the remaining bands, again using the scroll wheel to make changes. Once youre finished, press in the rocker and the changes you made will be saved and selected for playback. N.B. For Custom1 & Custom2 you can adjust each of the 6 bars, for the Custom3 & Custom4 the range is split in half, adjusting the left three bars and the right three bars. This guide is based on using the remote with the NW-HD3, this may differ with the HD1 and HD2 - I dont know I dont own them as well! I hope this helps some people if not, at least it kept me busy for a while and gave me an excuse to play with my HD3! PS If Ive missed anything, (which I probably have) feel free to add!