Sony, JVC, Akai, Onkyo, Marantz, McIntosh, Harman/Kardon, Denon, NAD, Nakamichi and Bang & Olufsen to name a few are manufacturers of hi-end quality home entertainment electronics. Most are not your typical brands seen in most homes due to the higher cost. With that being said, there are still a large number of users of these brands world wide.
Whenever servicing is required on one of these hi-end products, parts and labor costs can also be very expensive. If you lose your remote control or damage the remote control, replacing the remote control is the less costly option. Repair centres would just replace the circuit board,outer casing or the silicon pad anyways.
Recently I ran into a problem when my remote for my JVC RX-6030V surround sound stereo system was damaged due to dropping. I went to the JVC website and found a replacement JVC remote at a cost of $25.26 USD. Before making the purchase, I had noticed a 5 in 1 Universal Remote at my local dollar store. I had used different universal remote controllers before and found them very useful. Typically though, universal remotes from unknown manufacturers where limited in the third party brands and models they supported. I took a look at this universal remote just for curiousity sake. I was certainly surprised to see Akai and Bang & Olufsen listed. Going further down the list, I noticed JVC, Sharp and Sony which are the brands I currently have at home. I jumped at the opportunity to try this remote control. This was a win, win situation since the cost for this remote was only $2.00.
Not only did this universal remote control support my JVC surround sound receiver, I had access to all the functionality including the setup features missing from many earlier universal remotes I had used. For only $2.00, I can now access my TV, VHS, DVD, Surround Sound Receiver units all from one universal remote controller.
These are some of the added features this remote has which my previous universal remotes do not have.
- PIP (picture in picture)
- Default brand supported with configuration: SONY
Another great reason for switching to this universal remote is that it takes AA batteries instead of AAA batteries which some of my name brand remotes take. Though the instructions indicate that rechargeable batteries ae not recommended, I have had no problems with rechargeable batteries at this point. I can save a few dollars over the years by using 2 AA rechargeable batteries instead of buying alkaline AAA bateries for 2 of my name brand remotes and older universal remotes every few months.
The item I purchased:
RM-V301 Universal Remote for $2.00.
Could be the OEM (original equipment manufacture) version of the SONY RM-V301. Same model number and the unit also looks identical. Retail price: $10.00 – $20.00 USD. Check out your local dollar store once in awhile for some great electronic products at great prices.