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Universal Remote Controller on the Cheap

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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.

  • Menu
  • Guide
  • 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. 

Store: Dollarama

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.

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5 comments for “Universal Remote Controller on the Cheap”

  1. thank you so much , i just find this remote yesterday at dolarama but i wonder if it work with my topfield tf3000fi recicever ,i mean is that remote work with only the brand that listed on the pocket or i can use it other brands?
    thank you again.very useful :)

    Posted by yusur | April 6, 2011, 1:59 pm
  2. When your particular device is not listed, you have two options.

    1: Go to the manufacturer directly by phone or online and find out which listed device might also be compatible to your device.
    2: Try all the codes listed in your category and see if one of them well work for you.

    Sometimes a lesser known make/model is also compatible to a well known make/model.

    Good Luck


    Posted by Bob Katayama | April 6, 2011, 2:56 pm
  3. hi again , can you tell me exactly what the steps that should i follow ,cause i follow the steps on the remote but there is no light turn on or any sign shows that the remote work ? how can i know that the remote is working before i program it ?!! please tell me the steps from a to z . i will be grateful.

    Posted by yusur | April 13, 2011, 11:49 am
  4. As indicated in my previous reply, your best bet is to contact the manufacturer for additional instructions since not all universal remotes are created equal. The steps you will get from the manufacturer will be specific to your device.


    Posted by Bob Katayama | April 13, 2011, 12:00 pm
  5. You can buy various universal remotes through most electronic retailers and dollar stores.

    Posted by Bob Katayama | February 8, 2012, 11:01 pm

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