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User reviews for the Radio Shack 15-1994 from Radio Shack.
Radio Shack 15-1994
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Average: 4.59/5.00
Median: 4.67/5.00
The Radio Shack 15-1994 6-in-1 Smart A/V Remote features both preprogrammed & learning capabilities along with macros and a backlit keypad.
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Written by Bruce Bates from Kelowna,CAN.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 20 made on Thursday February 22, 2001 at 11:26 PM.
Strengths:Great layout, backlighting, Macros, Codes are extensive, excellent learning, cost, wife and kids don't have ask for help to watch a DVD or VHS or surf the net with sound or Play MP3's.
Weaknesses:I haven't figured out how to get it to open the fridge and bring me a beer.
Review:This remote has finally done what all others have failed to do...its the only one on the coffee table.
Proscan 36500-code 0047 gave me all the functions off the origional except OK and ch-ctrl which it learned with no problem(even the Guide plus works great).
Sony STR-DR930 reciever - first set aux1 to code 0010 and use the advanced code 141 on the Surr button. This puts the reciever in 2-channel sterio or DSP mode. Then reprogram aux1 to code 0158 (The Surr button stays with the origional code from 0010). I had to learn the RM-Lj302 remotes cursors and cursor mode keys onto the 15-1994's cursor and menu key. This gives you the ability to control balance, surround volume, bass/treb etc. that are all in the cursor mode. The Surr button allows access to DSP modes and the up and down cursors cycle through the modes.
Creative Encore DVD in computer using infared keyboard. The keyboard controls the DVD functions normally but I managed to program the 15-1994 through learning the signal from the keyboard for Play, FF, Rew, Pause, Menu etc...amazing.
I also have a Hitachi VHS - default code works great.
I programed S1 to change the TV's video mode to TV under TV, VCR under VCR, DVD(svid1) under AUX2, and Computer(svid2)under AUX1. I then programed S2 to change the reciever's audio mode for each the the above source's(code 0158 under AUX1 sets the number 1-9 to the different audio sources) I used the copy key feature to copy the audio source from the receiver under AUX1.
Then I programed a macro to hit Power, S1, S2 and saved it under S4.
Now to watch TV(TV,S4), VCR (VCR, S4), DVD (Sat, S4), Computer(AUX2, S4)....this will put the receiver and TV in the right modes for each dif source.
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Written by David from NC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 19 made on Tuesday February 20, 2001 at 11:35 PM.
Strengths:Did work on Sony CD player, Toshiba SD-2200 DVD and Mitshibishi TV. Nice layout. Good feel. good back lighting. Go to for through instructions to use this remote.
Weaknesses:Would not work on my NAD T760 receiver.
Review:Returning remote because it was not compatible with my NAD T760. go to: to confirm device codes for your equipment..I failed to do so before purchasing. If anyone has a solution for the NAD T760, please reply back to me.
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Written by Ivan W from New York, NY.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 18 made on Monday February 12, 2001 at 3:02 PM.
Strengths:Yep, another happy customer. Got rid of the remote clutter...all five!!! Excellent price. Good design and button layout.
Weaknesses:So far none. I knew what to expect after reading the other reviews and for the price, what do you expect?
Review:I must admit I was a bit skeptical...a learning remote w/macros for $30. Too good to be true. Was I wrong! Thanks to the other reviews and sources I decided to go for it.

I have a Jerrold cable box, Mitsubishi TV and VCR, Pioneer DV-333 DVD player, and a Kenwood VR-407 A/V receiver. The 15-1994 handled them all! I did, however, have to learn all the imporatant Kenwood VR-407 functions. The learning feature is very easy, as well as the macros. I gave a weak attempt at trying the advanced codes.

My original intention was to get a touchscreen remote but decided to save a bunch of money. I can get that when I get a high-end home theater (I will keep this one just in case those high price toys don't it quite right!)

Bottom line is that this remote does what I need and I am very satisfied.
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Written by LL from Alexandria, VA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 17 made on Thursday February 8, 2001 at 5:27 PM.
Strengths:Great price, ergonomics, good button layout, good button size, smooth casing, low profile look, powerful functions if you know how to use it.
Weaknesses:User's manual badly written, but an excellent replacement is available on
Review:Most people who use this remote probably don't realize the full potential of this economical and well-designed remote control, and that's due mostly to the badly written user's manual.

Forget the manual. Forget the specs listed on Radio Shack. Go to and learn more about this remote. It is much more powerful than what you had thought. In a few hours, I was able to transfer buttons from 3 remotes to this unit.

Some features that are not listed on the manual: 1. Macro capability (can be assigned to any buttons), 2.Learning capability can be assigned to buttons other than the 4 smart buttons, 3. Copy button (e.g., enables volume control locked to your receiver, TV/Video switching locked to the TV, toggle receiver effect in all modes, etc), 4. Advanced code programming to access certain features of your device directly, 5 Shift key, allowing one key to have dual function under the same device mode.

The layout of the button is very good and intuitive, while the overall shape is ergonomic. The backlight lights up ALL buttons and has a low-glow for comfortable use in a dimmed room.

I have transferred ALL buttons from my Yamaha receiver, Sony Wega and Sony DVD player. All effects and setup buttons on the receiver is accessible, and on the DVD, all transport controls (including close/open) and player menu (in addition to DVD menu) have been mapped. There appears to be some still memory available (plan your mapping in advance, and you won't waste memory by mistake).

This unit has similar electronic to All-For-One Cinema 7 and Cinema 7 IQ (all device codes are identical). For comparison, I first used this unit for a few days along with RCA RCU810 and AFO Cinema 7. The 15-1994 beats those other two units hands down. I have no doubts that it will also beat other more expensive units.

Button placement and labeling is intuitive. I taught my electronic-shy wife how to use the buttons and she was comfortable with it righ away.

Try this unit for a few days (using the manual in URL above) and you'll love it.
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Written by Keith from Ottawa, Canada.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 16 made on Monday January 29, 2001 at 4:12 PM.
Strengths:Learned all of my devices (TV, VCR, digital Receiver, DVD player, CD player etc) and actually added functions that weren't available on my original remotes!
Easy to overcome limitation due to the large number web-sites with user codes etc.
Backlighting is awesome.
Weaknesses:Manual SUCKS big time. I've never seen a manual worse than this one!
A dedicated DVD and Receiver button would have been a good thing...
Review:As I mention in the strengths, this remote has taken over all others that I used to have scattered on the table. It's easy to use, relatively easy to program and the number of extra codes available on the net makes this thing a real powerhouse. I managed to punch-through the volume controls to my recevier, I've fully programmed my receiver and DVD player and have done so without spending alot of money. I was originally prepared to buy the Marantz or Pronto remotes until this one was recommended to me. It does all of what the Marantz would do for $300 cheaper!
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Written by Steve from IL, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 15 made on Monday January 29, 2001 at 11:54 AM.
Strengths:Learning capable. Reasonable key layout. Good toll-free support.
Weaknesses:Limited memory & audio codes that just plain don't do anything for my Harmon Kardon equipment.
Review:I noticed that this puppy had codes for HK equipment. Usually when such codes exist, they do the trick. This isn't the case. I have an AVR300 receiver and a DVD5 DVD player. The codes won't do anything for them.

The code for my television (a Sony Wega 27fs12) worked fine except there was one button that it didn't transfer over that I wanted operational--the picture mode button. So, here's where I began testing the learning features of this remote. They were as easy as can be. I put the picture mode button on the 15-1994 button labeled for PIP and I'm happy with that.

So what of my audio components? Well, I decided to try transferring some buttons from those remotes with the learning feature and see how far I got. As others have reported, I got about 25-30 buttons into it before it refused to take anymore.

Does this spell the end for our $30 friend? Is he going back to the Radio Shack from which he came? Perhaps not. I decided to make a list of functions that I considered "essential" and put them in first, perhaps add a few more, then take her for a spin and see if it's worth keeping.

I'm going to ask my wife to help me judge that, but at this point I'd say that it definately is worth keeping.

It won't totally replace the other remotes (except MAYBE the TV) because there are certain functions that I might need from time-to-time that had to be sacrificed due to memory constraints. However, I was able to mix the buttons for my DVD5 and AVR300 on the same AUX1 device mode. So, when watching movies, I have a backlit remote (of my other 3 only the DVD5 remote was before) which can control all the essential functions of movie watching and power the whole thing down before I waddle-off to bed in the dark.

With a little creative use of the learning features, you can make this remote well worth it's $30 price tag. If you have several components you may want to put your pennies in the piggie bank and hold-out for a Pronto or something.

With a little more memory, this could be a serious contender for remotes between the Pronto-priced models and the cheap-O under $50-range products. I haven't tried the Home Theater Master SL-9000, but that looks to me to be the next step up at $120!!! If I'm wrong about that, let me know...I am new to this universal remote universe.

(Hopefully the 15-1994 has enough memory left to run x10 modules when I get them...shouldn've be a problem because that should already be programmed in there, right?)

BTW: I've owned this less than a week, but 1-3 mos. was the lowest.
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Written by Tom Starks from Ann Arbor Michigan.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 14 made on Tuesday January 23, 2001 at 8:26 AM.
Strengths:Able to control 6 devices, light non slip coating.
Weaknesses:only 4 program buttons, owner's book very week, contrl can be limited to on /off function. Programming the AUX buttons a real pain.
Review:Wanted a remote that would talk to:
Sony DVPs360 DVD,
Technics sa-ex320 Reciever,
Sony kv-20s20 TV, and
Panasonic pv-4862 VCR

After reprograming AUX 1 button to act like the VCR button (a hard task) I was able to have basic DVD control.

The Technics reciever codes did not work for my reciever so I had to use the Technics amplifier code. The result was that I was limited to on/off and adjust volume. The 800 number could not help.

End result was that I returned the remote for a refund.
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