A universal remote control is an essential device for your home-theater system. These days you can unify everything, even smart home devices, in one ergonomic tool for managing your home. We use top of the line URC remotes in our installs because they are more intuitive than the competition and we can easily back up all of your presets so even if the dog gets the remote or someone breaks it – we can load the programming onto a new remote control in a matter of minutes.
Universal remotes were first introduced to the market in 1985. These programmable remotes were developed to manage the increasing amount of electronic devices that consumers were using in their homes and businesses. The same dilemma holds true today as consumers are juggling even more devices from TVs, streaming and cable boxes, Blu-Ray players, game consoles in addition to any audio equipment they might have. We always suggest a universal remote during our installations to make life easier and your entertainment most enjoyable. Here’s why:
Benefits of a Universal Remote Control:
- Control your entire entertainment center and smart home technology with easy-to-use control – audio, video, door locks, lighting and more.
- No more drawer full of remotes, just one remote for everything.
- We can name different rooms and/or components to make it simple and to get quickly powered up.
- Some URC remotes include a charging cradle so you never run out of batteries.
Some of the most frequent objections we hear from clients is that they are slightly intimidated to use home theater equipment because there are so many controls. They are quickly reassured once we walk them through their new URC remote control and see how easy and simple it is for anyone to use. We are expert programmers and we have a few favorite URC devices that we recommend for a seamless experience:
The MX780 provides control over a single-room and is ideal for home theater equipment, kitchens, and bedrooms. At $299, the remote is equipped with a 1.5” color LCD screen that displays up to 48 different devices.
The MX890 has all of the same features as the MX780 but includes a slightly larger 2” screen. Our clients like this feature because they want the screen to be as large as possible. At $499, this remote also comes with a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and tabletop docking station so you never run out of batteries again.
The MRF-350 base station works hand in hand with a universal remote so you don’t have to point the remote right at the TV or device. The signal can be received through cabinet doors that are closed or even in another room altogether. For $250, the base hub is the perfect addition to your home theater setup by providing even more convenience to the user.
If you are looking to add a universal remote control to your system or already have a remote control that needs to be reprogrammed, no worries, we can help. We support many clients with new programming, all it takes is a consultation for us to review your equipment to get started. Contact us today at 704-287-3334 or find us at Audio Video Charlotte.