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MX-500 backlight green or blue
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Post 1 made on Friday May 3, 2019 at 13:08
beldar
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Hello.

I have owned several MX-500 remotes and they have always had a green backlight.

Now I'm starting to see MX-500's with a blue backlight. Did URC really change over to blue in the later versions.

Here's an example:  Click on the second pic where it's light up.

[Link: crutchfield.com]

thanks.
Post 2 made on Sunday May 19, 2019 at 21:52
RandyWalters
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On May 3, 2019 at 13:08, beldar said...
I have owned several MX-500 remotes and they have always had a green backlight.

Now I'm starting to see MX-500's with a blue backlight. Did URC really change over to blue in the later versions.

I've owned several versions of the MX-500 over the years (mostly URC, but some are the NXG and Lexicon versions). The first few i bought new at Circuit City, then later would randomly buy used ones on eBay.

While the original ones had the usual green screen illumination with black text, some of the used eBay ones i got would light up like a "negative" dark colored screen with light colored text like in your Crutchfield picture. We actually prefer that over the original green screen/black text as it's easier to see at night. The wife still uses the MX-500 in her Den so i keep the others in storage as spares for when hers wear out or die.

Last edited by RandyWalters on May 21, 2019 21:19.
Randy
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Post 3 made on Friday May 24, 2019 at 12:12
Daniel Tonks
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Mmm, I would say that's more a reflection of what the photograph was processed to look like, than what the actual, accurate backlight color is. Many photos used to show original Prontos with a baby blue backlight when they were all green to aqua green.

The "negative" illuminated version is how URC used to do their remotes, but they eventually gave up on the idea and went to standard black text / illuminated background. I think mainly because it makes the screen particularly hard to see in "dim" lighting conditions, where you want a bit of backlighting to help. There's no way to change how the backlight behaves on a particular remote, however.


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