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Sony's New RM-AV2500 & RM-AV3100
Sneak peak of two new touchscreen remotes
Posted by Daniel Tonks on March 23, 2004 at 1:00 AM
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Quietly and without any sort of official press release, Sony has recently “announced” two new touchscreen remote controls: the RM-AV2500 and the RM-AV3100. The RM-AV3100 is nearly identical to its RM-AV3000 predecessor, but features upgraded software with several new features. The RM-AV2500, on the other hand, is a completely new physical design that is functionally similar to the older RM-AV2100. Both remotes are not yet available, but should be shipping shortly.

Here are the details available for now (updated March 24th):

Sony RM-AV2500
RM-AV2500: Click to enlarge.
Sony RM-AV2500:
  • Controls up to 12 components
  • Blue LCD backlighting
  • Glow-in-the-dark component selection keys
  • Menu cursor hard buttons
  • Full code learning
  • Updated preprogrammed codes & Sony discrete codes
  • 24 macros with up to 32 steps each: 12 system macros and 12 component select macros
  • Channel macros
  • Key aliasing
  • Beam Interval: prevent accidental key presses
  • Duplicate remote-to-remote
  • Locks for remote operation or settings
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.5” x 7.0” x 1.5”
  • Weight: 8.64 ounces (without batteries)
  • $149 MSRP
Sony RM-AV3100:
  • Micro macros have been expanded into a fully supported feature!
  • Updated preprogrammed codes
  • Key aliasing
  • Beam Interval: prevent accidental key presses
  • $199 MSRP
Also, a note to those of you eagerly awaiting the new Sony Navitus RM-NX7000 color touchscreen remote control: it’s coming!

[ Talk about Sony remotes! ]

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