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The best URC I have used!
13 October 2008
The Sony RM VL600t is the best Universal Remote Control I have owned, all previous models I have used have had flaws of one sort or another but this Sony has done all I have asked of it so far. The illustration currently provided by Amazon is of the RM VL600, which is the version for the U.S. market; the "t" suffix is the European version and has extra features such as colour coded buttons. If buying from another seller be sure to get the correct version - Amazon themselves supply the European model.
The device looks like a proper Sony TV remote control with VCR function buttons and is solidly constructed. It has selectors for programming up to eight devices and comes preset for Sony products as may be expected. It comes with built in codes for many other manufactures and devices and is very easy to set up from the list provided. Many more codes, especially for DVD players, are available online - search for Sony RM VL600 or 600t codes.
If a suitable code for a device cannot be found the remote can "learn" the functions of another remote control by a fairly straightforward process of point and shoot from one to the other. Additionally, if some of the functions from a pre-programmed code do not work, or additional features are required, individual buttons can be made to learn the missing functions. After about ten minutes playing with the remote control the programming functions will become second nature - it is a very intuitive device to use.
It requires 2 AA batteries which are NOT provided. My son gave me a couple which he thought were new - they weren't! Everything worked fine - except the learning function. I was on the verge of returning it to Amazon as faulty when I thought to change the batteries - everything was then OK! So beware, the learning function needs good batteries even if all other functions are working well.
It comes with codes for Sky and Sky+ built in, if using Sky+ press "tools" also if using colour buttons! I have used it for TVs, DVDs, WiFi Radios, Lights and Sky boxes all with perfect results. It has twin LEDs and works over a good distance, it looks and feels like a real remote control and is highly recommended.