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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 Doug from Winnipeg, Canada.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 13 made on Wednesday January 10, 2001 at 12:10 PM.
Strengths:Backlight, breadth of codes, layout, price
Weaknesses:Text on smaller buttons is very, very small; would have liked a dedicated DVD button instead of AUX2 as other people now need training to know which it is.
Review:It's my first universal but I spent lots of time researching before my purchase. In a word, it's great! The memory is limited and I was quite worried that I would not be able to program in my Sampo DVD _and_ my GI/Motorola digital cable box. To my surprise, the remote is manufactured by the same company that makes the cable box's remote and there was full support built-in with no learning required beyond a couple of buttons!

Rule of thumb: there's just enough memory to learn ONE good-sized remote thoroughly. If you have more than one remote that you know would require extensive learning you might be out of luck.
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Written by Tim from NC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 12 made on Tuesday January 2, 2001 at 7:41 PM.
Strengths:Very Flexible
Excellent Price
Backlight with every keytouch or off your choice?
Great layout
Weaknesses:Could use more memory
Terrible manual but 800 number help!
Review:Hey guys,
I tried several much more expensive remotes including the URC 8800 and the Sony av2100. This remote is far better with the exception of limited memory. You can easily program each individual key and unlike some of the other remotes I have bought the buttons are all centrally located. Even if this remote was much more expensive it would be my choice. This thing actually feels like a remote as well as can be programmed to use every function of my Sony products. Absolutely Awesome for the $30.00 plus you can call there 800 number for help!! what more could you ask for?
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Written by Joe from Denver, CO.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 11 made on Monday January 1, 2001 at 8:51 PM.
Strengths:Incredible flexibility with advanced codes, macros, etc.
Hard buttons which are easy to navigate
The price--$30.00 at RS when on sale
Size--easily manipulated with one hand
Backlighting is good with a key press, but short
Weaknesses:Limited memory
Review:I own a Sony AV2100. While this marginally suited my needs, a new problem came up when I purchased a TIVO unit. While I knew I could "learn" the commands into the unit, the button layout on the LCD screen didn't make sense.
After reading the reviews on remotecentral, I decided to take the small risk of purchasing this cheap, cheap, cheap remote. Wow. I was able to program all the advanced codes I needed (like discrete on/off, and component select buttons on my Sony receiver). While there are no codes for TIVO, I was able to "learn" almost all of the keys into logical locations on the remote.
I can't say enough about this--I was happy to pay $130 for the AV2100 to eliminate the piles of remotes on my coffee table. But, after buying the 15-1994, I think I wasted my money on the AV-2100.
The only way this remote can live up to this review is to follow the instructions for advanced codes and programming on this web site. The owner's manual does not document most of these advanced features. I suspect this is because RS would rather sell the remote for $29.95 without having to support the advanced functions than to sell it for a higher price and get endless phone calls of questions from those who are not "home theatre savy"
Go out and buy it--even if you use it only to program a more expensive remote to use the advanced codes.
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Written by Winston from Georgia.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 10 made on Monday November 20, 2000 at 7:45 PM.
Strengths:Inexpensive, Button placements, Undocumented advance features
Weaknesses:Uninformative manual
Review:I got this remote in exchange for the 15-1995 which I had a hard time getting a few important buttons to work and not being a learning remote. This remote corrected it's shortcomings. This is a steal for under $30. If not for this very informative site , which I learned a lot of undocumented features of this remote, I would not even think about trying it. I am very surprised about how much this remote can do. This is not my main HT remote(SOny AV2100) and I only use it for my system in my room. This remote, I tried on my main system and it worked!! This could replace my 2100. Nah, although this remote can do whatever my 2100 can, the "show off" factor of the LCD screen just cant be beat. Nevertheless, I am very happy with it, and with me only using it in my second room in my system, it is overkill and i am only using about 15% of it's potential. For $29.99, hey, bring it on!
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Written by Pierre T. from Montreal, Quebec.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 9 made on Thursday November 16, 2000 at 11:48 AM.
Strengths:Very good price, improved on the OFA Cinema7 with comprehensive X-10 support and clearer button setup in my opinion.
Weaknesses:Memory limits, learning feature requires some getting used, undeserved Radio Shack stigma.
Review:I recently found a growing interest in remote controls after buying a straight-forward URC-4063 from OFA that served specific purposes very well. Seeing how simple it was to program, I gave it a shot on my home theater system with components from mutiple vendors and a recently-added Explorer 2000 digital cable box. Everything went kind of OK until I got to my very rare Surround Sound system (see my comments on ), I needed a remote with some learning capability.

In my hunt for info on the net, I inevitably tripped over this website that grew on me from a broad-interest public forum to a full-fledge obsession. After the sticker shock when looking into programmable LCD touch-screen models I was aiming for, I decided that the brick-size Sony RM-AV2100 could give me fair value for my money. I thought all was fine and dandy and that I could get my life back. But being my ever-curious self, I kept reading the comments about pros and cons of different models and the OFA Cinema 7 attracted my attention. But the comments regarding this particular model kept mentioning the RS 15-1994 being a clone/improved version of that OFA best-seller. After reading every single piece of information this website could possibly provide but the source code, I gave in, went out and crawled backwards to my nearest Radio Shack outlet to get this surprisingly unknown remote control. I followed everyone's advice by not paying attention to the ridiculous comments made by the notoriously unknowledgeable staff in the store, paid cash and was out of there in 5 minutes. I kept on following my carefully planned routine by throwing away the useless included manual and going straight to this website, the www.hifi-remote one and finally at OFA for the complete codes.

All proud owners of the RS15-1994 know very well that my problems are now a thing of the past, I reclaimed ownership of my coffee table real estate and can now watch digital cable TV, get the analog signal in my picture-in-picture screen, recenter my Surround Sound, fire up my VCR, and will soon dim the lights and shut the blinds, all from this 30$ wonder. I hope this addition to the numerous praises for the RS 15-1994 will avoid costly purchases for others and encourage them to read all this very useful site has to offer on the subject.

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Written by Ross M. from Texas.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 8 made on Friday October 27, 2000 at 3:08 PM.
Strengths:Advanced codes,learning, backlighting,ergonomics,inexpensive.
Weaknesses:Only 6 device,memory limits.
Review:This is a great remote discovered and discussed here at,1

This remote looks great, feels great and is an excellent physical design. It's advanced code support allows users to have remote control of functions not on the component's remote. It does support volume punch-through to the receiver. This is accomplished by simply copying your receiver's volume up-down-mute buttons to your other components.
It does support DVD codes, these are listed as LD in the poor documentation included. Go to the forum above to learn this great remote.
Neither Radio Shack employees nor the manual are much help. It's currently on sale for $29.99 at
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Written by Juanita Frick from California, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 7 made on Friday October 13, 2000 at 5:43 PM.
Strengths:Controls my Dish receiver. Great price. Programmable.
Weaknesses:I simply can't read the face of this remote - the contrast between the button labels and the case color is not enough, This was in a lighted room. When I turned on the backlight, it really didn't help too much and turned off way too quickly. My other remotes (all 5 of them, ugh) are not a problem this way.
Review:I just bought this last night on the recommendation of the alt.dbs.echostar newsgroup and was happy that the remote did support my Dish Network receiver (a recent other purchase did not) and had programmable keys that I could program to do a fast-forward, fast-reverse on the program guide. I really liked the way it could be programmed by pressing keys on the original device's remote. For the price, it suits my needs perfectly. It's just that I can't discern what the keys are even in room light (no, I don't have a sight disability). Unfortunately, I'm returning it this weekend.
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