Cheapest remote with full learning capabilities?

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  1. HienD

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    I looking to buy a new universal remote with full learning capabilities on all buttons. It's for a DVD, VCR, CD, RECEIVER and SAT. I have a this RCA remote right now and it only has 4 learning keys. I want the cheapest remote with learning function on all keys. I have a non brandname dvd player that won't work with the rca. Max I wanted to spend is $100cnd. Any recommendations?

    I was thinking this one from Sony


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    Go to remotecentral, here: http://remotecentral.com/features/clicker.htm and use their "Clicker Picker". Then read the reviews, both formal and user reviews. Based on a quick look, the Sony RMVL900 might be a better choice for you than the 700.

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    In canada, they don't sell the 900, just the 700. Also, looks like the 900 series has some reliability problems. The buttons seem to die fairly quick. I've seen the kamaleon 8 advertised for $100cnd everywhere. I was thinking of this one but don't know how many buttons are programmable.
     
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    The Kameleon can only learn about 20-25 buttons. Everything else is done with the large database of codes and upgradeability available. The biggest problem is that you cannot change the button layout of any screen.
     
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    I've been using the VL900 for about a year now, and couldn't be happier with it. The database of codes is pretty good, but the learning function is outstanding! Don't like what a button does? Change it!

    The learning function is quite slick, and once you get used to it (it took me about 3 or 4 times to get the process down), you can program all the functions for a device in a couple of minutes.

    I'm using it right now to control an HK AVR525, Sony DVD, Motorola Cable Box, Panasonic VCR, and a pathetic 27" Samsung TV...which is next on the upgrade list, by the way. [​IMG]
     
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    They used to sell the 900 in Canada-- we bought a couple from the Sony store as gifts. On their website they now only have the 700 and the 1000 so I am guessing the 900 is being replaced, at least in Canada.

    So I would call some Sony stores and see if they have any left; maybe they will even be discounted! If I recall we did pay about $100.

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    Thanks Eric. I'll call all my local sonystore and see if they have any left in stock. I also saw a zenith 7 device remote with learning capabilites. Didn't see any dedicated learning buttons, so I'm asumming all the buttons are programable. Philips also has one similar. Both list for $25us. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on one of these. Hopefully they have enough memory to hold learned codes for all buttons on most devices.
     
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    I also vote for the VL900. Mine has lasted for three years, just have one button that started to act up, had to press harder to make it work. So, I replaced it with another VL900. Since it has training capabilities, I was able to just transfer all the functions to the new remote by aiming them together, and setting up the transfer. You should be able to get them online at a good price.
     
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    The Radio Shack 15-2116 is $30 and far outperforms most other remotes I've used in terms of durability, feel, and usability. The JP1 connector on it is invaluable.
     
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    See my thoughts about the very same topic:

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