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User reviews for the Sony RM-AV2100 from Sony Electronics.
Sony RM-AV2100
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Average: 3.86/5.00
Median: 4.17/5.00
Sony's RM-AV2100 LCD touchscreen remote is an upgrade of their previous model with twice the memory for learning, five times the macros, a better built-in code library, greater customization and many more improvements.
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Written by James Willis from Alabama.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 37 made on Wednesday January 9, 2002 at 1:42 AM.
Strengths:Controls all of my only-sony system.
Programming was a cinch, about 2 hours and it was mastered.
Weaknesses:Lack of ability to change preset names.
Wish it was a little skinnier.
Light needs to come on when any button is pushed.
Review:When I told my wife I wanted to buy a new remote, she just about threw all 6 of mine at me, but when I said it'll replace all of them, she happily said yes...until we got to the store and she saw that it was $180, then she picked up store display and hit me on the head with it. But once I got it home and programmed she was content on spending 1 months worth of groceries on another "gadget". One thing my wife doesn't love is the fact that the TIVO functions aren't labeled correctly, which is ok by me because she never touches the thing and gives me full control. While reading some of the other reviewer's complaints, I had to chuckle--an eject button?what is the purpose of an eject button, you stil have to get up off your tush and take the tape/cd/whatever and physically put in a new one any way. The hum? I didn't even notice it until it was completely silent and even then it was faint, I suggest to the reviewer who had problems to turn his hearing aide down. After paying what seemed like a king's ransom to me and seeing some of these reviews, I wished I had shopped online, oh well, at least my wife won't know. I didn't that have that much to "program" consider I had all Sony equipment, with the exception of TIVO, in it's case I only programmed the necessary buttons, which was about 2 or 3. I did have problem getting the power situation, but it was nothing about 5 minutes of working on couldn't fix. I do wish that it was able to connect to the PC and program there but oh well, maybe next time.
Overall, I'd say this is a dern fine piece of equipment and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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Written by Ken from VA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 36 made on Friday January 4, 2002 at 12:27 PM.
Strengths:Powerful IR, Learning, Configurable, Macros
Weaknesses:It would be nice if you could easily learn and use discrete on&off codes for non-Sony equipment. You can learn them in devices that you 'hide' and use them in macros, but for my Onkyo receiver I had to search for a power toggle code with an HP48 to program into the RMAV2100 since the Onkyo remote sent discrete codes.
Review:The remote is great. It takes some getting used to, and don't expect your family and friends to be able to operate your equipment the first time they pick it up. It took me days to figure out the most optimal method of programming the unit so that I could control everything.

In particular the softkey labels are confusing if you intend to operate funky devices - if I put the remote down for more than a few days I have to play around with it to remember which keys to use to operate my ReplayTV. I also wish the user could hide learned functions in the simple mode, as has been expressed in other reviews.

The display is big, hard to read in some cases but overall not bad - easier for me to use this than the Pronto. I find that I need the backlight on all the time to read the LCD; and while it does make a slight humming sound when the backlight is on, it's barely noticeable and this is something inherent to an EL light (my cellphone does the same thing.) I have to hold the remote up to my head to hear the hum and even then I cannot hear it when my audio equipment is on. The person who commented that he could hear it over his TV must have a dog's ears.

I have been using this remote constantly for about a year. For guests etc. I was able to program the power/input select functions of the TV and Receiver into the Replay remote since it's a OneForAll.

For what it's worth, the Onkyo receiver (a recent addition) came with a nice learning remote with macro functionality with a much simpler design than the Sony. After about a week of setting it up, I now use this remote as often as the Sony, and visitors are able to operate the Onkyo remote with only a minimal introduction.

This is a complex device. If you don't have patience, don't like to read instruction manuals, then perhaps this device is not for you.
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Written by bilbo from ca.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 35 made on Friday December 14, 2001 at 4:38 PM.
Strengths:Controls many devices (duh)
Weaknesses:same key mentions as all the other posts (light, button names, size, cannot see device buttons in the dark, crummy display, etc). As well, the device does not even have key control features. For example, no slow motion option (unless you learn it onto the button...but then what do you call the button?). Also, in the DVD section, there are FF and RW buttons, but not Skip >| or skip Back |< buttons. Those are basics for skipping chapters! Again, you can learn them into the remote, but what do you call them to know what the buttons are?
Review:I will be returning this device.

It does not have a lot of user selections possible for the names of the buttons. Each button has at max 4 choices for names. That is not good enough as how does one describe "slow motion" with the number 4? Also, you should be able to move buttons around. They need to use the Palm OS in this device to really make it user friendly and customizable.

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Written by Beau from Minnesota.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 34 made on Sunday December 9, 2001 at 7:32 AM.
Strengths:Easy programing
Weaknesses:Didn't realy like at all
Review:Owned for a week, returning. Theres better remotes for the money ($180). Can't have custom buttons. Forget were you put mis labled buttons(family members and my self). Should of researched better!!!
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Written by jonwells from So. Calif..
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 33 made on Monday November 26, 2001 at 7:25 PM.
Strengths:Flexibility, easy to train.
Weaknesses:Display too hard to read, in any light.
Review:I was delighted to find a universal remote that I could easily train on my Tivo as well as the other components.
The IR is quite strong, not touchy about pointing exactly at the receivers - nice.
The whine when the backlight is on, is annoying - but worst of all, I have trouble seeing the display at any time: in dim or bright lighting, with the backlight on or off. I need to tilt it to a critical angle to see any contrast. So, it's going back. Very disappointing.
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Written by Nic Romero from Sacramento, CA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 32 made on Thursday November 15, 2001 at 12:46 AM.
Strengths:Programability is cool.
Weaknesses:Shape - not very ergonimic. Can't hold it in one hand easily an flip channels.

Can't save the programs. Whenever I reconfigure my AV equipment, change my TV or VCR, I spend the better part of a weekend reconfiguring the remote to handle the new configuration.

Can't save programs!! I had the misfortune of losing the controller memory once. Had to manually re-enter all of the coding. Reminds me of the days of the ancient Atari 800 without a cassette tape ... have to _write_ down all of your programs. Ugggh!
Review:It's nice. It's cool. It works very well. However, the ability to backup the programs on another medium (such as a PC) would make it almost perfect. Being able to program the remote using a PC would make it _absolutely_ perfect!
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Written by ruprect gern from san antonio. texas.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 31 made on Sunday October 28, 2001 at 11:25 PM.
Strengths:I have 6 remotes and this covers them all.
it's nice to have a large lcd pallete to view the commands.
Weaknesses:Hey sony... Did you forget something???
NO EJECT BUTTON!!!!! (i used the +10 command in dvd and vtr1 and vtr2)
every component that is capable has a eject button on the remote...
the backlite should come on when you press any button. i did set it to turn off in 60 seconds and that extends it but, a little intelligence would have been nice.
more than three macro command buttons (system control) would have been nice
Review:i like it!
This is a great remote
The previously mentioned things are all i have to crap about
with all it does it's worth what i paid for it [not 179.00]

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