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User reviews for the Marantz RC9500 from Marantz.
Marantz RC9500
RatingsReviewsMSRP (USD)
Average: 4.00/5.00
Median: 4.00/5.00
2$1199
The RC9500 is Marantz' version of the Philips ProntoPro TSU7000. The RC9500 features a 16-bit full-color TFT LCD screen, USB interface, 48 megabytes of memory, a total of 18 hard buttons, tilt sensor, optional RF receiver and much more. With the Wizz.it 9 software, the remote's interface can be completely customized.
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Written by VB_novice from New York, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 2 made on Friday May 20, 2005 at 4:10 PM.
Strengths:The RC9500's flexibility is the first thing to come to mind. Its macro capability give the user the ability to make "hot buttons" for the most common multiple tasks such as turning a DVD player on and setting the TV to the right input - all with the push of a custom-labeled button. In addition, top panels for each device can be populated with the buttons most often used and not what some engineer wants.
These aspects make this model one that is easier to use and more reliable than the less expensive alternatives.
Its ability to work with an RF extender gives it multi-room capability.
The PC-based programming makes the 9500 a dream to set up.
Weaknesses:Sometimes an "error downloading the time" makes it necessary for the owner/programmer to unplug and replug the battery. This can be quite annoying.

Also, if you aren't willing to program the 9500 yourself, be prepared to spend up to an additional $400 for programming.

Buying a new component down the road? Dig deep into your pockets to have that component programmed into the 9500.

At $1,100 list, this unit is a bit pricey for most.
Review:If you are a do-it-yourself type or have a complex home entertainment center, the 9500's strenghts make it compete favorably with the more expensive high-end alternatives (read:Crestron).

On the other hand, in terms of price and features, it's simply overkill for most consumers.

Given that the cheaper universal remotes are either unreliable, difficult to use or both; the choice is to either spend the $1,100 or juggle remotes.
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Written by Jordan from Los Angeles.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 1 made on Monday February 21, 2005 at 12:51 PM.
Strengths:Ive been programming these for over 3 months now and have grown to love them. I recommend the 9500 over the pronto 7000 for many reasons. First of all its a very classy looking remote. Dosent have that video game look to it like the pronto. The screen is much easier to see. Also when manually programming any extras into it you have the option to do single buttons and not just entire devices. This is a big deal if youve already shut down and packed up your laptop and came across a single button that isnt functioning correctly. The battery life is excellent and is very easy to access with an easy latch in the back. Also the USB port is on the side so it can be programmed while sitting in its charger.
Weaknesses:Rarely it locks up when it is tampered with while uploading, but we all know not to try and make it function while uploading, its a small computer. Also if it is shaken, there is somthing inside of it that rattles. Some people hate that.
Review:Im getting one and I have the choice of any remote I want. This remote not only works great, but it comes with immediate pimp status.
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