Are Universal Remotes for You?
Home theater systems are on the rise, and with the waves of new technology for digital cable, DVR, HDTV, DVDS and CDs consistently flooding the market, it can be hard to keep up with which devices are right for you and your home system.
Keep in mind that each of these different gadgets come with additional new gadgets that operate the original gadgets. That means your new system may come with three to six remotes you need just to turn everything on. These remotes might manage a whole host of operations spanning from programming your cable box to record selected shows to turning on movie subtitles and adjusting the volume.
Considering how difficult it can be to remember which device has to be operated first in order to start the next one or even which remote correlates to which device, you may find that this whole system doesn’t work for you. After all, it was hard enough for plenty of home theater owners to keep track of one remote, now you have to make sure six separate ones don’t get lost in your couch cushions.
That’s why a universal remote has become so handy in our current electronics market; universal remotes make it possible to consolidate the functions of multiple remotes into one. Some do this by having all the buttons you could possibly need, while others keep it simple. Some even have touch screens. They even tend to be larger than your industry standard remote, making it a lot less likely you’re going to lose it in your couch cushions. That and the glow-in-the-dark features/buttons common to the system’s design will make it possible for you to operate your remote even if the lights have been dimmed for ideal movie watching.
What can universal remotes control? There’s a whole variety of devices that they’re made to operate, including satellite boxes, cable boxes, climate controllers, light controllers, computers, game consoles, tape decks, amplifiers, laserdisc players, CD changers, and DVD/VCRs.
You may be wondering how such an important remote will fair with the tough tech circumstances of a family or your home life. Most universal remotes come with a battery backup feature that make it possible for you to save your programmed information (like which devices you have chosen for the remote to operate) even if the battery dies. You can also use a charging cradle that commonly comes with the device to ensure that these kinds of issues don’t come up.
If you’re feeling pretty sold on the universal remote as an appliance, the next step is to figure out which kind you want. There are many different kinds, from extremely basic models to ones that can operate your microwave. What you really need to know is that there are two major types: Multibrand and Learning.
Multibrand universal remotes come preprogrammed with codes that allow you to operate a number of standard electronics. That means you don’t have to take the time to carefully program complicated codes yourself.
Learning remotes go beyond these remotes, meaning they have the ability to learn the functions of basically any remote simply by holding the learning remote head to head with your original remote and allowing infrared signals to transmit across the devices.