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Thinking of upgrading to MX-3000
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Post 1 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 09:28
Ralph P.
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Greetings,

I currently have a Philips ProntoNG TSU3000 and am considering upgrading to the MX-3000. I am used to working with the Philips editing software and ccf. I was wondering if any of my current files/configurations would be of use if I moved to this remote? Is working with the MX Editor software similar?

Thanks in advance.
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Ralph
Post 2 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 10:31
wire pulling monkey
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goto www.universalremote.com and get the software, then you can play around with it and see, you can open pronto files with the universal browser

here is a link to the 3000 and software
[Link: universalremote.com]

call tech support if you have questions thats what they are there for..Helping people
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Post 3 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 10:46
Ruben
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dont waste your time buy a 950 much better
Post 4 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 10:47
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Ralph, you can get the software from the link above, but make sure you buy from an Authorized Dealer so you get a warranty. make sure you read the manual carefully and read the programming manual as well

For questions you shoukd call the dealer you purchased it from and they should be able to help, or ask here as most of the people here are willing to help out

if you are still looking to buy one Call Damon at www.proremotes.com, he is an authorized dealer and offers programming services as well

yes you can use the universal browser to import codes and such, but the software will import most codes for the devices you have, then you will need to set up some macros and should be close to what you want
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OP | Post 5 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 11:42
Ralph P.
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Greetings,

Thanks very much for your replies. I will download the software and have a look at it. I like the customization of the Pronto however I am looking for a color based touchscreen. I considered the TSU7000 but for close to the same money this unit is a serious consideration.
Regards,

Ralph
Post 6 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 13:31
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Glack: thanks for the post! :)

Ralph:

I think you will really enjoy the MX-3000. The software is fairly easy, especially since you have a background with Pronto.

You can import learned commands from your Pronto, but not your entire configuration, such as macros, etc. To be honest, it's probably faster to use the preprogrammed database in the MX-3000 Editor software.



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Damon DG
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Post 7 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 14:40
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And don't forget that Damon over at ProRemotes.com has a couple of really nice templates for the MX-3000 that you can purchase. I recently bought the gemstone template and can't say enought abut it. Great looks and easy to use.
Post 8 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 16:47
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I prefer the layout of the MX3000 over the Pronto. IMO it looks cooler and the wide screen format makes it easier to fut buttons that are actually large enough for my sausage-like fingers.
Post 9 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 17:05
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Jim,

HAHAHA! I love how everyone calls it "widescreen". :)

I do agree with you about the ergonomics. They hard button layout is much better than the Pronto. Everything is right where it needs to be and is not too cluttered or too close together.



Thank you,
Damon DG
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Post 10 made on Friday March 3, 2006 at 23:25
Vincent Delpino
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Dont buy URC. Get a Marantz
Post 11 made on Saturday March 4, 2006 at 00:39
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Vincent,

Marantz?! LOL Let's not completely lose it. :) The MX-3000 is great for the money.



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Post 12 made on Sunday March 5, 2006 at 10:30
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The MX-3000 is a great piece of equipment. I love mine!!! I would doubt anyone with a MX-3000 would trade it for a 950.
Post 13 made on Sunday March 5, 2006 at 12:34
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We have had people trade them for 850s actually.

As to the inital question... the 3000PCF can not be imported to the MX3000. the Universal browser works with CCFs most of the time. But it can ot straight import PCF info.
Post 14 made on Sunday March 5, 2006 at 19:15
kstheater
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If you are still reading this post. I wanted to throw my two cents in. I recently bought an MX-3000. I also wanted to upgrade to touch screen full color remote. I learned of Damon at ProRemotes after my purchase but utilized him for the programming. I would have bought the remote from him if I had found him earlier. I was very happy with the experience. Damon not only programmed it but helped teach me more about the remotes capabilites. I love my 3000. Give it a go.

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Post 15 made on Friday March 31, 2006 at 12:33
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I'm posting this as part of a response to: [Link: remotecentral.com]

I realize this may not be the correct forum but I feel I had something to say regarding the ongoing debate of professionals and consumers. To me it comes down to supply versus demand. I believe that demand for integrated remotes/HT/home automation will increase as technology improves, price points decrease, and economies of scale increase. As price points decrease and ease of use increases, I think consumers will increasingly demand the ability to "program" themselves. That being said, there will always be a market for the services of setting up, programming, and technical expertise that many of you here provide. In almost every consumer driven industry there are people who do it themselves and people that provide service.

Of course, I have read strong opinions and arguments from both sides of the debate and I openly admit I am more biased to the consumer point of view as I do believe in the free market system. No one has been able to stop demand and where there’s demand there’s supply. Being protectionistic of the distribution channels and/or software simply creates a black market. After all everything is for sale at a certain price.

Hardware procurement: If I were to purchase something off ebay and not from an authorized distribution channel I know I am risking warranty and support. For some people this is an acceptable risk, for others the security of knowing the person/place they purchased an item holds more value. Personally, I am more in favor of the latter. From a market perspective there's room for all channels. If I was a professional installer, the more remotes out there, the better chance someone is going to need my experience and expertise to help them. I would think most installers make (lose) their profit from their time not selling their hardware. Fortunately or unfortunately, one has to accept where they can and cannot compete. Ultimately, it is up to the person buying the item not the person selling the item how they purchase the item. If a product is only supported through a professional installer, what happens when the installer closes business or sells out? At the end of the day, the manufacturer is accountable to the consumer and I believe those channels should be wide open.

Service: Knowing ones core competencies is the key to success. I think the greatest asset I've seen/heard about through this website is the dmx-3000 software. I have a lot of respect for Bracken Baker (BBB) for his value added service/software. Now there's an example of a professional capturing a "demand" and satisfying it. Regardless of where the potential profit from the remote was made, there’s profit to be made in the programming/servicing of home installs that can/could be very lucrative. I’ve seen several value added services because of RC (guifx, prontowizard, and BBB to name a few). If I attempt to program my future remote, I have absolutely no problem paying someone if I can’t solve the problem myself. However, I have a hard time stomaching not allowing me the opportunity to challenge myself within the “legal” confines of manufacturer/dealer relationship (RTI, Control4, et al). In my opinion, this industry was founded on consumers’ demand for consolidation and automation that AMX and Crestron (et al) originally provided (and continues to provide). At that time much of the automation was pioneering which was far beyond any reasonable consumers’ ability. However, like the first computers that required computer language skills to operate, I strongly believe intellectual business models (and gui’s) that made Apple and Microsoft famous can and will be applied to home automation.

URC: I understand the value of a quality product - especially one that meets or exceeds its marketing promise. Although as a consumer I do question the current reliability of URC, I do give them very high credit for their effort to make appearances on RC. How many companies have you seen that are actively out there providing damage control, responding to questions, providing personal lines of communication, and seeking your input? My props to Jeff Wagner and Eric Johnson (a VP no less) to make such a valiant effort. In my opinion, RTI may currently have the superior product but URC has the better overall business model (hmm Apple vs Microsoft again?!?).

Thanks to all at RC! The combined opinions, expertise, and willingness to share your talents on this website is a credit to your industry.
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