Author Topic: Universal remote control cheap alternative for Logitech Symphony  (Read 6229 times)

January 29, 2010, 01:17:24 AM
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3dxr

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Hello I have just ordered two different models of universal learning remote control.
My old WDTV remote control is old and some buttons are clicking and sticky. This is time for exchange.
After one year of intensive use it is time to choose a new and multifunctional remote control.
Back button is over pressed because it is used in most of GUI screens. Multifunctional is also required with learning mode / remote have to be able learn my exotic TV RC codes :)/ and learn the WDTV control codes as well.

After a short search I found those models. Price limit was 25$ because we are looking for cheap unit!


Price: Amazon.comfrom $26 upto $40 in December/2010 Homepage
This remote is my new candidate after using DealExtreme model (its good but 3batteries)
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Model A Emgeton C1 8 in 1

Price: in Europe is 13.30 to 18.20 in January/2010

+ Cheap learning unit with good placed buttons 800 learning codes & 8 modes for 8 devices
+ Easy programming mode with some praxis learned in 30-40sec/2but/speed
+ Soft rubber buttons and easy to remember and colored this is important for teletext or for future (other NMT GUI player :p)
+ Possible in single mode learn/assign codes from more devices(TV/WDTV/AV) this is providing the ability to have control volume on TV and other button control WDTV without switching between DVD/TV modes
+ 10 macros and ALL-OFF function single button turn off TV/WDTV/AV etc
+ Backlighted LCD single blue LED is there but lighting is weak but usefull. This is possible to deactivate
- Biggest negative is size is terribly long/tall whatever loooooong 2.1x bigger then WDTV's rc 22,3cm/8.77inch
- 2nd negative is side edges and low part of RC is like BOX oval is there better solution here is too sharp
- Missing good manual some features are not in the manual!





Price: DealExtreme 17.17 in February/2010
I have it at home now - testing and sharing my experience firt impression is very good I can recomend this model is much better then EMGETON!
+ Good rubber buttons some buttons has special shapes for easy to know where are you fingers :)
+ Nice blue backlighted LCD
+ Alarm,Clock,Temperature is able turn on Aircondition
+ Similiar buttons like has WDTV remote control
+ Automatic or manual seach code mode easy learning for unknown codes / Tested only learning mode upto 4minutes I was ready with WDTVrc codes
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Price: PriceGrabberfrom $17 upto $24 in January/2010
This remote has good price Sony has good materials and play/stop FF/REW are near navigation buttons this is really good - I found it too late :(
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Price: BestBuy.comfrom $17 upto $20 in January/2010 Reviews
This remote has good price Sony has good materials and play/stop F/REW are near navigation buttons this is really good - I found it too late :(
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this is alternative to previous DX RC
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4571
« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 08:16:41 AM by 3dxr »

January 29, 2010, 02:07:00 PM
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How much did they cost each?


Let us know how they work!

WDTV LIVE with current official FW > HDMI > DVDO > Sony CRT Projector 150" 16/9 screen.  Toslink audio to Yamaha DTS receiver. No Network set up yet.

January 31, 2010, 06:40:58 AM
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Emgeton C1

+ positives working :P
- negative is tall/looooong 2.1x longer then WDTV remote control
  wife said is longer then.....  for men hands is acceptable
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+/- hard to say mode button is blinking on RED so long as IR code is transmitted
hard to say if this is an advantage or not ( I have it only one hour at home)

I am using learn function to learn all the codes from my 4 remote controls ( WDTV/SAT-REC/TV/AV DTS)

Emgeton remote control is like scanner/recorder. It is able remember code/codes from any IR
but.... when you learning/pushing too long the learned code is also too long
It is very important to know that some codes are short and some are transmitted more times than the device is accepting

for example POWER OFF on TV is required hold longer and in Emgeton Learning mode is required find how long press button on TV RC down.
Other example Channel button num 1 is required send from remote only 1 time - in Emgeton learning mode it is required to press shortly 1xtime normally.

My first codes saved in learning mode take 4second - that means 4 second sending Channel 1 :D

because some Universal remote control devices need hold button here not only so long as is required for DEVICE (DVD/TV...) this important information was not in the user guide
(Emgeton has a small booklet not a manual but in this company think they have smart customers :D )

+ positive I found way how to learn mixed codes in one mode ( 2 device codes in one operation mode)
I am using DVD button as mode for WDTV Live/WDTV old will also work
When I am in DVD mode Emgeton button are programmed for WDTV arrows etc and volume button sending codes for TV this is good is not required switch back to TV mode change volume and switch back to DVD(WDTV) mode


I hope in one week I will receive Universal remote from DealExtreme then I will see which is better

« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 12:43:16 AM by jayallan »

January 31, 2010, 06:57:14 AM
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January 31, 2010, 06:58:54 AM
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I am updating first post becouse I found howto have picture and text on side (tables) blee but result is fine :) I hope someone add also something interesting with short review
« Last Edit: January 31, 2010, 12:41:16 PM by 3dxr »

December 14, 2010, 08:15:43 AM
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New model added to first post chech One-for-all model
I am using more then year DXmodel working fine but has 2 negatives
-  3 baterries and their life is maximum 6months
-  second disadvantage is only one button for changing TV/SAT/DVD modes in cycle

No other disadvantages found. I am now looking for remote with learning
function RC5/RC6 codes maybe Sony and NEC IR codes support.
6 direct modes buttons and same button design as have DX or One-to-All models :) this is very fine.

December 14, 2010, 07:07:47 PM
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WDTV LIVE with current official FW > HDMI > DVDO > Sony CRT Projector 150" 16/9 screen.  Toslink audio to Yamaha DTS receiver. No Network set up yet.

December 14, 2010, 10:53:17 PM
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Yes, thanks for this grate post.
For multifunctional remote is important to have Discrete ON and Discrete OFF codes.
I have GEN1 and Nevo remote and have too match problems witout discrete power code.
If anybady whants i will serach and post all codes in HEX format.
Is not very good idea to learn them.

Regards,
drvdr