When you want to switch from operating device #1 to operating device #2, you like to press a mode key on a universal remote. I'd rather change remotes. Neither of us is wrong, and neither of us has to convert the other to his own point of view.
You selected a handle for AVS Forum based on your given name. I selected one based on my surname. Neither of us is wrong, and neither of us has to convert the other to his own point of view.
Originally Posted by videobruce
That wasn't all the remotes fault, it was yours.
Where does the concept of "fault" come in? There's no fault here, nothing to blame on anyone. You have your preference, I have mine.
Sitting in a completely dark room is bad in the first place, especially for you eyes.
The room is not completely dark (for one thing, there's a television glowing), but neither is it brightly lit enough for reading the buttons on the remote all the time, since after all I don't want room light to overcome the TV picture. It's also uncomfortable on the eyes to watch television in too bright an environment. One can learn the layout of the remote's buttons by feel but one has to look at the remote to check which mode it's in. Feeling for the button to select the desired mode isn't enough; you need to look at the remote to see if your mode-selection keypress took before you press the next key.
Also, if that remote was not back lit, it was the wrong choice, especially in that situation.
Agreed, but one still needs to look at the remote to find out which mode it's in. Perhaps if the current mode could be found out by feel, I'd drop that point.
A pre-programmed remote is not the answer. A "learning" remote is.
That's just what I said:
Originally Posted by dattier
for those of you who like a single multi-device controller, a learning remote is a must
yet you speak as if you were correcting me.
Have you tried any learning remote??
Yes, and the experience was disappointing for an unrelated
reason; but that's irrelevant here, because in my previous post I was praising
learning remotes, not tearing them down as you somehow imagine. Read it again.
Another consideration is explaining the concept of modes to others in the household who would use the same remote. In my case, there's one who never could get it and, whenever she accidentally changed the mode and then a subsequent keypress didn't accomplish the intended function, she would scream for me to come immediately and replace the batteries. Is there anyone besides you who uses your universal remote, and if so, are any of them like her that way?
I'll give universal remotes another try when someone sells a learning remote at a price I can afford where the current mode can be found out by feel. Being in my sixties already, I don't expect to live that long.