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So I did it my way!
Although it’s possible to move and copy buttons (as we’ll cover later), neither of those options will allow users to quickly swap positions. So, what you’ll probably do is what I did – learn over them. Accessed from the setup menu, the "LEARNING" option allows you to navigate the remote and select any button you’d like to learn a code over. Full on-screen instructions guide you through selecting a button, holding and releasing the code, then (as is also done on the SL-9000) holding the button a second time for confirmation.
I found the MX-1000 to be a fast and reliable learner. It even handled those awkward Sony input macros (which I have mentioned in other reviews) well, successfully learning the very first command (but not the rest). The MX-1000’s learning range is from 10kHz to 100kHz, which covers most of the equipment out there. Exceptions would be high-frequency devices such as Bang & Olufsen, some Kenwood and Electrohome, older Pioneer Elite, et cetera. The manual claims the remote can hold up to 780 learned signals, placed on any buttons except [MAIN] and [PAGE]. Erasing a learned signal is accomplished by holding the button for three seconds, although this procedure will not remove it from view. (A button must be completely deleted to be removed from view.)
There’s more than one place to put "AUD. CAT.".
Now that you’ve learned a number of signals, the next logical step is to label them properly. The MX-1000 allows for labels in one of two font sizes on any size button, with up to two lines of text. You may access the "text edit" function through the "EDIT BUTTONS" system menu. Once a button is selected, cursor position is changed with the channel buttons. The selected character is modified with the volume buttons; you may hold them to fast-forward. Characters include upper case letters, numbers and traditional typewriter symbols; however, no extended transport or system symbols are included. A character may be deleted with the [PLAY] button. Font size is selected with [POWER], while the selected line is changed with [PRE CH]. Changes are saved by depressing the joystick.
Editing buttons will present you with the first on-remote editing problem: labels are not automatically centered. If you take an existing two-character label and change it to four-characters, you’ll find after saving that the label now hangs off the right side of the button. How do you fix it? With the joystick! Moving the joystick up, down, left or right while in editing mode changes the position of the label in relation to the button. You must do this for each label modified and if two lines are used, each line must be positioned separately. Folks in a rush (or not blessed with manual dexterity) could end up with a remote that looks like a cut-and-paste collage project.