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Preset codes are included for analog cable boxes, CD players, digital cable boxes, DSS receivers, DVD players, digital video recorders (TiVo and Replay), MD/DAT decks, mini systems, receiver/amplifiers, tape decks, televisions, TV/VCR combos and VCRs. Codes for lighting devices, such as Lutron and X-10, are not provided.

If a code does not work or none are listed for your brand, the remote also features a code search function. Instead of entering a specific number, alternate between pressing the [Power] button and [Channel Up] or [Channel Down] keys. If something ends up working, press the [Enter] key to save. The selected code will flash back twice on the numeric keypad for reference.

As mentioned, Sony’s code repertoire isn’t particularly extensive, and little has been done to improve it since the previous generation of RM-AV remotes. Despite rapid database development between earlier generations, the RM-AV2500’s code list has been left essentially unchanged. Particularly conspicuous is the omission of a code set for Sony’s latest A/V receivers, which have defaulted to a secondary “AV2” command mode since 2002. Most of the higher-end models can change both the receiver and original remote back to the standard “AV1” mode as supported by Sony’s universal remotes, but many mid-range receivers can’t change their remotes – and many low-end models can’t change either and are permanently stuck on AV2.

It’s in these situations where users should turn to Sony’s extensive learning capabilities.

Sony RM-AV2500
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“In case of missing codes...”
If you used one of the preprogrammed codes and found a few important functions were missing or couldn’t find a code to your device, the quickest solution to the problem is to learn those commands from the component’s original remote control.

From reading numerous emails and forum posts, I’ve discovered that many remote owners are loathe to teach commands even if the original remote is available. They would rather spend hours hunting for a non-existent unpublished code – or even buy a different universal remote! Either the whole learning section in the manual has somehow been overlooked, or they’re under the impression that the process will take hours to complete. The truth is, learning codes is fast! An entire device should take no more than five to ten minutes, even less once you get the hang of it.

When learning codes, the remote’s LCD will start to flash with all buttons available for that device. Once a key is selected to learn on, every other key will disappear and a “Learn” icon will start flashing in the upper left corner of the screen. Aim the original remote at the front of the RM-AV2500 and then press and hold the source button until the RM-AV2500 beeps. Don’t just hit the button briefly, as the remote will not capture a proper repeating code (such as for volume and fast-forward/rewind). If the remote beeps five times and flashes “NG”, that means the code was not learned. The learning troubles exhibited by many RM-AV3000 remotes, where the remote would often give the “NG” error instantly upon entering learning mode, was not an issue during testing.

The RM-AV2500 doesn’t skimp on memory and has enough learning space to teach a command on every potential button. That’s up to 528 learned functions!

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