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User reviews for the One For All URC-7800 (Cinema 7) from One For All.
One For All URC-7800 (Cinema 7)
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Average: 4.01/5.00
Median: 4.33/5.00
The Learning Cinema 7 is a popular replacement remote control with a great built-in code library and capability to learn up to 28 codes from your existing remote controls.
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Written by Paul Doman from Northern California.
The reviewer has used this remote control for more than two years.
Review 17 made on Thursday May 23, 2002 at 3:22 PM.
Strengths:Small size feels very good in hand.
Learning and programable.
Weaknesses:Lost programing and shorted out twice.
Review:I have C-band satellite and this has been the only remote that i have found that can learn the functions that I need. To make the most of the memory you need to learn to program it using the extended codes. Help is available on the web (not from the maker however) Using the extended codes uses less memory so that every function doesn't need to be learned. I have owned three of these so far and hope they stay in production.
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Written by Lee from MASS.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 16 made on Sunday January 27, 2002 at 11:33 PM.
Strengths:Small,Will program any button,
Weaknesses:Volume control will wear out--
Review:I got this remote and loved it at first. It will control anything I have and if it does not you can program it to. My only problem was the volume control won't work. I took the remote apart and the board will work the volume and it you put the pad on different control buttons the volume works. So I need a new face pad already. Well I dont think so so I got a rca 810 new for 30.00. Lets see how long that last.
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Written by Paula Moore from Ky.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 15 made on Saturday July 28, 2001 at 7:19 PM.
Strengths:Works everything on your T.V. Good size and lasts longer than the other universal remotes I have purchased.
Review:I have tried other remotes and they don't last as long or have as many features as the Cinema 7.
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Written by R Fowler from Fla.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 14 made on Thursday July 19, 2001 at 11:38 PM.
Strengths:Does 99% of what I need
Weaknesses:Can not copy the guide-info function to read the description of the movie (or?)
Review:Very happy with this. I have TV, Cable VCR and Receiver(audio) units to control.
I can sequence all items to turn off, or on. I do not use this for VCR as I do not use the VCR too much.
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Written by L from Alexandria, VA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 13 made on Thursday February 8, 2001 at 6:13 PM.
Strengths:Nice features and small size.
Weaknesses:No backlight, toy-like look. Has similar electronic as Radio Shack 15-1994, but not as good.
Review:This unit has the same inside as the Radio Shack 15-1994, which has more buttons and backlight that lights up ALL buttons.

Given the similarity in the features (and more such as channel scan, etc) and prices, I would recommend trying both the 15-1994 and the Cinema 7 at the same time (return the one you don't like). I was also comparing the two with the popular RCA RCU810.

In my case, it was an easy decision to go with 15-1994. Its rich and powerful features, combined with the quality build, backlight, and intuitive button placement and labeling give the 15-1994 a big leap over the Cinema 7.

For instructions, tips and tricks, read the pages at This website exposes the hidden features of the Cinema 7 and the 15-1994.
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Written by Jim Cruickshank from BC, Canada.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 12 made on Friday February 2, 2001 at 10:45 PM.
Good user community on web
Can Learn to Any Key
Advanced Codes
Good Code Library
Weaknesses:Only enough Memory for about 35 advanced keys and 30 learned keys plus a couple of macros
No dedicated chapter skip buttons (uses volume up and down)
Review:This remote is amazing for $25. It does way more than the manual suggests - like learns on any key, macro's on any key, key can have a shift function and the advanced code feature lets you program all sorts of functionality.

I totally remapped the CD layout as the number pad was picking the disk number by default. Since I have a five disk changer and don't use this that often I changed it to track numbers instead.

Took awhile to set up the way I like - other than the CD my other components were about 90% there before I made any changes.

If you get one be sure to read the variuos fan sites on One for All remotes to find out how to use the undocumented features and then even if you don't like it - how many times have you spent $25 on a CD or DVD you didn't like? You'll be much happier with the Cinema 7.
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Written by baldbull from Anaheim, CA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 11 made on Tuesday January 30, 2001 at 5:20 PM.
Strengths:Learning for any button
Advanced codes
Only $30
Weaknesses:Not backlit
Not enough memory
Doesn't properly control RCA DSS
Review:The best value of any remote. If you're looking for a complete and inexpesive solution for your home theater, I can't think of a better way to go than the URC-7800. I bought this because my URC-8800 (which is more than twice as expensive) could not control all the features of my new DirecTivo receiver. The 7800 was able to control my TV, receiver, DVD player, VCR, and two DirecTV receivers without a hitch (except for my RCA DSS, which I had to teach it some commands). And don't pay any attention to the manual - you can learn a code on any button, not just the four L buttons. And you can also assign a macro to ANY button, not just the two macro button. I taught it all the transport functions (about 10 different functions) of my DirecTivo receiver with no problem.

I think it is ergonimically excellent, however there is no backlight. And even though there is limited memory, I have taught it about 20 different commands and programmed three lengthy macros and haven't maxed out yet.

Most importantly, however, is this remote's ability to use advanced codes. Basically, with advanced codes you are able to program buttons to do things that not even the factory remote for your device can do (such as discrete power/input selects). Using advanced codes, I was able to go directly into the service menu of my Toshiba TV. Even with my Toshiba remote I was not able to do this without also pressing buttons on the actual TV.

Overall I don't think you can go wrong with this remote. Sure, more expensive remotes will have more memory and will be backlit, but this one gives you the most bang for your buck, guaranteed. And the advanced code ability even lets it do many things that much more expensive remotes still will not do. Highly recommended.
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