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Denon Remote Control App for '11 Series First Look

Denon Remote Control App for '11 Series First Look

We'd love to tell you that you could (theoretically) throw away your Denon remote if you have a "Network 11" receiver but that just isn't the case. The app is free and it works over your network (which is cool) but it has only very basic functionality at this time. If you have a AVR-4311CI, AVR-A100, AVR-3311CI, or AVR-991, download it now (update your firmware if it isn't working on the latter two). If you are on the fence about a purchase of one of Denon's newer or older receivers, this shouldn't really sway your decision. Likely as not you'll still be using the remote from time to time.

The Denon app is free and it works over your network but it has only very basic functionality at this time. If you have a AVR-4311CI, AVR-A100, AVR-3311CI, or AVR-991, download it now.

— October 11, 2010 02:10 in Universal Remote Reviews

Philips Pronto TSW9500 In-wall Control Panel First Look

Philips Pronto TSW9500 In-wall Control Panel First Look

Philips Pronto previewed its new TSW9500 in-wall control panel. The TSW9500 is the first in-wall solution offered by Pronto and has been designed to utilize the same configurations that have already been created for the TSU9800 and TSU9600. With the TSW9500, integrators now have the option to add a stationary in-wall Pronto control panel to their systems, which is ideal for home control solutions such as AV equipment, lighting, IP-based cameras and shades.

Philips Pronto previewed its new TSW9500 in-wall control panel. The TSW9500 is the first in-wall solution offered by Pronto and has been designed to utilize the same configurations of prior remotes.

— September 25, 2010 20:00 in Universal Remote Reviews

NextGen Remote Extender Genius Review

NextGen Remote Extender Genius Review

NextGen is shipping their remote Extender Genius, an upgrade over their original Remote Control extender in that it offers all the reliability of our original extender, plus allows for expanded control of up to five same brand components independently. I'd like to think that I came up with teh name, because "GENIUS" is how I described the first Remote Control Extender, for which I have been quoted extensively by the company! The Remote Extender Genius allows you to go from room-to-room and control your components from over 70 feet away.

NextGen is shipping their remote Extender Genius, an upgrade over their original Remote Control extender that offers all the reliability of their original extender, plus allows for expanded control.

— August 31, 2010 06:05 in Universal Remote Reviews

Hotech VoiceMe II Home Control System First Look

Hotech VoiceMe II Home Control System First Look

Hotech's VoiceMe II is a voice-activated and controlled universal remote. At first we thought you'd have to have IR flashers running all around your home but that doesn't seem to be the case with the VoiceMe II. Instead, you put the unit in the room and it blasts the IR signal in multiple directions. The VoiceMe II can be programmed with up to 120 commands and can recognize four different users and claims a greater than 95% accuracy for voice recognition. Up to 10 operations can be activated by a single command. The VoiceMe II has the ability to delay commands as well which is important so that multiple commands to the same device aren't ignored if the device isn't ready. Now if they could get someone that sounds like Majel Barrett-Roddenberry to do the voice....

When we saw what Hotech's VoiceMe II could do, we were understandably excited. VoiceMe II is a voice-activated and controlled universal remote that emits IR to all the AV products in your room.

— August 23, 2010 14:25 in Universal Remote Reviews

Sanus ELM501 IR Repeater Kit First Look

Sanus ELM501 IR Repeater Kit First Look

While the Sanus ELM501 IR Repeater Kit isn't the cheapest on the block, it isn't overly expensive either. We really like the holster idea for the IR blasters and think that this feature alone might be worth a bit of extra cost. Add in the discrete tabletop and hole mounting options and we think Sanus just might have a winner on their hands.

With the Sanus ELM501 IR Repeater Kit we really like the holster idea of the for the IR blasters, the discrete tabletop and hole mounting options, and the filters for sunlight and plasma TVs.

— March 31, 2010 02:15 in Universal Remote Reviews

Universal Remote MX-450 Remote Control Review

Universal Remote MX-450 Remote Control Review

Universal Remote has delivered PC free programming in a beautiful and solid package. With minimal time invested, a typical setup can be programmed in a matter of minutes. With little more than a couple of preferential problems, we can't help but recommend this as a great remote for the installer who requires on-site programmability without the use of a laptop.

Universal Remote has delivered PC free programming in a beautiful and solid package. With minimal time invested, a typical setup can be programmed in a matter of minutes. With little more than a

Frank McCaulley — February 11, 2009 10:26 in Universal Remote Reviews

Amulet Voice-Enabled Remote Control

Amulet Voice-Enabled Remote Control

The Amulet Remote is the "first voice-enabled remote control" designed specifically for Vista Media Center. Those of you who don't use Vista won't benefit from it, but it's still an interesting product that offers a different take on remotely controlling your media PC. It allows consumers to record and watch TV, listen to their favorite music, and view DVDs, videos and photos – all using simple voice commands. The remote works with any Vista Media Center system, and replaces the standard media center remote control.

The Amulet Remote is the "first voice-enabled remote control" designed specifically for Vista Media Center. Those of you who don't use Vista won't benefit from it, but it's still an interesting

— January 09, 2009 03:45 in Universal Remote Reviews

Logitech Harmony 1100 RF Touchscreen Remote

Logitech Harmony 1100 RF Touchscreen Remote

At CES Unveiled yesterday, we got a sneak peek of Logitech's newest touchscreen remote, the Harmony 1100. Of course, we weren't allowed to report about it until today. The new remote differs from the original Harmony 1000 in a number of ways. First, it's black, not two-tone silver. Second, Logitech promises it won't randomly freeze up like the 1000 did (though I'm not sure that's something that was ever actually admitted to...) A customizable, 3.5-inch full-color touch screen adorns the front and hard buttons are limited to Volume, Channel, Mute, Replay and Navigation controls (less than the 1000). This remote is more configurable than the 1000 in that Logitech is claiming users can do more to customize the LCD screen and arrangement of buttons and controls.

At CES Unveiled yesterday, we got a sneak peek of Logitech's newest touchscreen remote, the Harmony 1100. Of course, we weren't allowed to report about it until today. The new remote differs from the

— January 08, 2009 12:10 in Universal Remote Reviews

GreenPeak RF/IR Remote Technology Runs on a Watch Battery... Forever!

GreenPeak RF/IR Remote Technology Runs on a Watch Battery... Forever!

GreenPeak, a Netherlands-based fabless semiconductor company, announced the launch of a new RF wireless radio technology for home theater remote control devices. Where they bring down the house (in terms of their claims, anyway) is that they have developed a set of reference designs for a new generation of RF remote controls that will run nearly forever without requiring a battery change for the expected life of the remote or device.

GreenPeak, a Netherlands-based fabless semiconductor company, announced the launch of a new RF wireless radio technology for home theater remote control devices. Where they bring down the house (in

— January 07, 2009 02:17 in Universal Remote Reviews

Niles iC2 Remote Control Review

Niles iC2 Remote Control Review

The Niles iC2 remote control offers an option for those of us who prefer hard button remotes over the sea of touchscreen-based remotes that have flooded the market. For years, the original IntelliControl remote from Niles was a reference standard for higher-end tabletop remotes. But as TiVo, DVR's, Satellite and Cable became the norm in most home theater setups, the venerable IntelliControl began to show it's age (and weakness) as it ran out of buttons for the new features found on the remote controls belonging to this new breed of electronics. Last year Niles introduced a completely reworked version of the IntelliControl, appropriately called the iC2, which answers the call for a bulletproof, hard-button remote control.

The Niles iC2 remote control offers an option for those of us who prefer hard button remotes over the sea of touchscreen-based remotes that have flooded the market. For years, the original

— December 12, 2008 14:22 in Universal Remote Reviews

Philips Prestigo SRU8015

Philips Prestigo SRU8015

Philips is well known for their Pronto line of remote control products, but they also make a rather large lineup of handheld universal remote controls. The new Prestigo line represents Philips foray into the consumer remote realm where PC-based programming is discarded in favor of preset codes and on-screen prompts. Where the new SRU8015 remote deviates is in its ability to guide the user through programming with a full color LCD screen - and without the aid of a real instruction manual. The remote is elegant, but a bit lacking in its ability to handle custom programming requirements.

Philips is well known for their Pronto line of remote control products, but they also make a rather large lineup of handheld universal remote controls. The new Prestigo line represents Philips foray

— September 25, 2008 07:29 in Universal Remote Reviews

Logitech Harmony One Remote Control Review

Logitech Harmony One Remote Control Review

When a new Logitech Harmony Remote arrives on the scene I like to review it to update readers on the latest models in the line-up. With the introduction of the Harmony One universal remote I felt that Logitech had finally completely usurped the original Harmony design and replaced it with a "from the ground up" approach that reflected Logitech's penchant for svelte devices. In case you were still navigating through that last bit of pontifical text, I was giving them a high compliment. Logitech's Harmony One remote is quite possibly the most beautiful remote control I've ever held.

When a new Logitech Harmony Remote arrives on the scene I like to review it to update readers on the latest models in the line-up. With the introduction of the Harmony One universal remote I felt

— September 21, 2008 22:40 in Universal Remote Reviews

Universal Remote URC MX-450 First Look

Universal Remote URC MX-450 First Look

Universal Remote Control, Inc. released the new MX-450 a stand-alone IR/RF programmable remote control with 2-inch color LCD screen. Custom installers can program and set up the remote in minutes without a PC or Internet connection and URC's MacroEdit firmware allows for full macro editing on the MX-450’s LCD screen. The point of the MX-450 seems to be getting a PC-free remote into the hands of custom installers who may not be apt to bring along a laptop to the jobsite. The MX-450 also provides an advanced, GUI-driven macro programming and EDITING interface, something that is new to the remote control world.

Universal Remote Control, Inc. released the new MX-450 a stand-alone IR/RF programmable remote control with 2-inch color LCD screen. Custom installers can program and set up the remote in minutes

— August 18, 2008 13:50 in Universal Remote Reviews

Universal Remote KP-900 Keypad

Universal Remote KP-900 Keypad

Universal Remote Control, Inc finally released the embargo on its new wireless, dual-use KP-900 Wireless Keypad which will be debuting at this Spring’s EHX (Electronic House Expo) in Orlando in March. We were given a super-secret private introduction to the product back in January at the 2008 CES and felt that this has the potential to be one of the hottest custom install products to hit the market in a long time. The KP-900 is a RF/IR wireless keypad remote that controls all audio and video equipment in a home. It can be mounted on a wall AND used as a handheld remote, making it ideal for retrofitting into homes with existing entertainment systems, as well as for new homes.

Universal Remote Control, Inc finally released the embargo on its new wireless, dual-use KP-900 Wireless Keypad which will be debuting at this Spring’s EHX (Electronic House Expo) in Orlando in

— February 06, 2008 12:43 in Universal Remote Reviews