DTC-9.4 CHAD Remote
This remote control is excellent if you like LCD remotes. It is quite similar in features to the Philips Pronto TS series of remote controls (it has less tactile buttons than newer Pronto models so nearly everything must be controlled using the LCD touch screen). With the optional RF kit and docking station you can control all of your devices from adjoining rooms and without line of site. I'm getting a reputation as a remote control critic, but I have found several that I really like. The downside to LCD remotes is that you spend more time looking at the remote than you do with a remote having tactile buttons that can be "felt". Nevertheless, some people swear by LCD remotes and love the complete customization that they can deliver - and for those people, the CHAD will provide an excellent experience.
As expected, the remote comes configured with everything you need to run the DTC-9.4. All other functionality will need to be programmed from the internal database or learned from existing remotes. Because none of the CHAD's 12 Mitsubishi TV codes could operate my Diamond 55" HDTV, I got to learn both methods very well (a third method is via free CHAD Edit software downloadable from their website.) The internal database was sufficient to start me off with my Yamaha DVD player and Scientific Atlanta cable box. I was able to quickly learn a few missing commands via the "Learn" function of the CHAD. If you want to actually move icons around or design custom button screens, you'll want to download and install the CHAD Edit software. It's fairly intuitive, but like any complex application it will take some time to get used to. The CHAD comes with an RS-232 (serial) cable that you will need to connect the remote to your PC (Windows only).
- 500 device internal database
Clear backlit display easy to view in total darkness
- Similar to Philips Pronto remote
- Very few tactile buttons
- Cumbersome PC software for reprogramming custom buttons or functions
- Several key buttons in difficult to activate corners
BCC-5 Docking Cradle
- RFR-5 RF Receiver and Distribution Block