Universal Remote Control MX-980 Reviewed

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URC_mx980.jpgHigh Points
• The MX-980 is very easy and intuitive to use, compared to other remotes in its class.
• This is part of an amazingly flexible and intelligent control system that can perform many, though not all, of the functions of a home automation system.
• The open programming architecture allows for easy modification and customization by the programmer or savvy consumer.

Low Points
• The MX-980 is best when programmed by a professional.
• You will need to have someone re-program your remote when you change out gear, much like clients do with a Crestron, AMX or Control 4 remote or automation system.
• The LCD screen eats up battery reserves more than did other remotes I have used.

Conclusion
The MX-980 by Universal Remote Control is a powerful and versatile piece of equipment. I think it is overkill for a small and simple system, but is just the ticket for a larger system whose control benefits from automation and macros. In the past, one would need to spend thousands of dollars to get this type of control and versatility. A MX-980-based control system can be set up to control most theater systems with smart macros and basic automation for $1,000 to $2,000. While this might seem like a lot of money for a remote, it is a bargain. The remote control is the central interface between the user and your system. No matter how good your theater sounds or looks, what good is it if your significant other or guests need an owners' manual in order to turn it on? The MX-980's sensors, triggers and intelligent macro capability lets anyone walk in and use your system with a few simple keystrokes.

Additional Resources
• Read more remotes and system control reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Find an AV receiver to pair with the MX-980.
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HTR Product Rating for Universal Remote Control MX-980

Criteria Rating

Performance

4.5

Value

5

Overall

5

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