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RF Universal Remote Control Review: TX-1000 Medius

by August 18, 2006
  • Product Name: TX-1000 Medius RF Remote
  • Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: August 18, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 499 + $99 for MRF-250 Base Station

TX-1000 Medius

Frequency : 418 MHZ
Memory : 8 MB of Flash Memory (for user configuration)
Range : RF - Up to 100 feet when used with MRF-250 or MRF-300 RF Base stations, IR (line of sight) - Up to 50 feet, depending upon environment
Capability : Macro - Up to 255 steps each, however nesting is allowed, Learning - Standard frequencies (15kHz to 460kHz)
Power Source : Four (4) AA batteries (included)
Dimensions : 6.46 " x 5.39 " x 1.66 " (H x W x D)
Weight : 31.4oz (with batteries)
Warranty : 1 year parts & labor when purchased from an authorized dealer  

MRF-250

Frequency:   418 MHz
Range:  RF - Up to 100 feet, IR (line of sight) - Up to 60 feet with the front IR blaster ON    Approximate range will vary depending upon operational and environmental conditions
Power Supply:  9V 300mA/110V 60Hz (included)
Dimensions:  5.125" x 3.5" x 1.25" (4.5" with antenna up)
Weight:  4 oz (Mounting bracket and six emitter/flashers included)
Warranty: 1 year parts & labor when purchased from an authorized dealer

Pros

  • Exceptionally cool
  • Works well
  • After training, easy to modify

Cons

  • Big and Bulky
  • Pricy
  • Requires some training

Introduction

When I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing a universal remote, I said what I always say, “Sure, send it.” But honestly, I had mixed feelings. There is something empowering in having a pile of remotes that only you can decipher. It is somehow satisfying to have your wife call you on the cell and being able to fix the problem with a few words. There is a sense of serenity in knowing your in-laws won’t be able to control your system without you so you don’t have to worry about them hogging your home theater for an I Love Lucy marathon. On the other side, a universal remote is really the ultimate in cool. If you want to impress your friends and they’ve already seen your 65” plasma, a fully configured universal remote controlling everything via RF is the way to go. You’ll be able to change the channel from the garage. You’ll be able to press one button and have all the appropriate equipment turn on, all the rest turn off, the lights dim, and the popcorn maker start… well maybe not that last thing but the rest…

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About the author:

As Associate Editor at Audioholics, Tom promises to the best of his ability to give each review the same amount of attention, consideration, and thoughtfulness as possible and keep his writings free from undue bias and preconceptions. Any indication, either internally or from another, that bias has entered into his review will be immediately investigated. Substantiation of mistakes or bias will be immediately corrected regardless of personal stake, feelings, or ego.

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