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By Jonathan Derda, ListenUp Colorado Springs Sales Consultant/System Designer

How can you get everything you have down to one remote? How can you control your components even if they are in a closed cabinet or not in your line of sight?

You have a cabinet full of all the equipment in your house and how do you control it all? Well, you could have 11 remotes on your coffee table, or you can use a universal remote control and only have one! As an example, you can use a MX450 – about $249. It has a color LCD screen, all backlit buttons, and we can program it to control six different devices. The best thing about having a universal remote is that you can turn on and control your entire system with just with one remote. So instead of fumbling around for your TV remote, DVD remote, receiver remote, everything is on this one piece right here.

The next best thing about a universal remote is radio frequency. Most remote controls require line of sight. Meaning you have to point the remote directly at the component for it to operate. With this remote control and many others you can buy an optional radio frequency base station, running between $100 and $300 dollars. This is what allows you to control everything without pointing the remote at it. You can be sitting in the kitchen and turn down the volume on the movie your kids are watching in the other room.

Another nice features about these universal remotes, aside from cleaning up the clutter on the coffee table, is the concept of  macros, or activities. With the push of one button you can turn on the entire system to the source you want to watch. Touch the Blu-ray button and the remote  turns on the TV, home theatre receiver and the Blu-ray player.  Or you can hit the Xbox button and the system will switch everything over for you. Now you can easily control your system with the touch of a single button!

Come down to ListenUp today and one of our highly trained professionals will help you find which universal remote control is best for you.

Check out the Tech Tip video here.