Sony RM-AV2100 Remote Control

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Price Paid: $160

Purchase at: Circuit City

Strengths
Macros, Learning features, compatible with every device that I have, including my Samsung TV, which I’ve had problems finding a universal remote to operate.

Weakness
Cannot reverse disc skip tracks with my 300 disc player; no LED read out of song titles and radio stations as with the LMj301 which comes with the Sony ES receivers. I was hoping this feature would be available. The backlighting should have been automatic; better illumination for the keypad as well; the faint noise when the light is executed can be a little annoying; unable to rename keys, or even create new LED selections on the touchscreen. But then this thing costs less than $200, so we shouldn’t hope to rule the world with it. And for the guy with little hands, I have fairly large hands and the remote still seems a little bulky to me. Oddly enough, it’s growing on me though.

Comments/Review
Short and simple: if you’re not expecting this to be the great lever that moves the world, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the features that the RM-AV2100 offers. Read the manual and then read it again. Each time you’ll get something more from it, as it deals with the remote from an application standpoint. Yes, you will find yourself looking at your HT system and wondering, “Wow, it would be cool to add that command sequence into the system control.”

I can’t speak to any concerns for those of you who do not have all Sony components. There may very well be some areas where the remote fails. But up until last week, I’ve been climbing into bed every night with 3 remotes — one for the DVD player, the second for the TV, and third for the amp. It’s so nice to have just one remote that controls everything.

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