Originally Posted by JHBrandt
I hope you're not spending $15 on CR2032 "coin" batteries. They're like $7/pair at Target, and Target's battery prices are high.
But I agree - the Sony universal remote is a very good substitute, and it uses ordinary AA batteries (which makes it compatible with my remote extender). It looks nearly identical to the (non-learning) RM-VZ320, except it has one more device button (the 620 splits the DVD & BD buttons, while the 320 combines them); the 620 also has four "system control" buttons at the bottom (ideal for multiple-device macros). The only problem I've found with it is that, to make room in the firmware for new features like learning and macros, they removed several codes; so I had to "teach" it how to work the Philco converter box that the 320 had a built-in code for.
Also, I had some frustration teaching it the DVR+ remote codes. I found the most reliable technique was, at the moment of learning, to press the button on the DVR+ remote for one second, release it, then press it again. I don't know why it has to be done this way, but it's the only way I could get the Sony to reliably learn the DVR+ remote codes.
Anyway, once that chore is done, it works fine. Most DVR+ buttons have clear equivalents on the Sony but naturally, there are a few without obvious equivalents. Here's how I mapped them (feel free to alter these according to taste):
Aspect: Enter (based on their common position under the 9 button)
Home: Options (this is just a shortcut to the apps in the DVR+ guide)
CC: List (doesn't sound like it makes sense, but it's consistent with how the Sony maps my TV's CC button)
Color buttons: A, B, C, and D
Of course, if you have 124R, CC/List and Audio/Sleep do the same thing, so you may prefer to make List a macro that emulates the 114R CC button instead.
Thank you very much for All your suggestions, settings and tips for using my RM-VLZ620 with the DVR+
That green '30,000+' code sheet with my 620 only has Philco listed for TV's VCR's and DVD's. It has DirecTV and Echostar under Satellite and DirecTV under PVR which looks most promising, but I've not tried anything DVR+/620 yet. For me it's mainly getting it able and ready for backup, I've no problem keeping track of many Remotes.
I want to thank you and the other members for providing the battery warning and tips on how to save on purchase.
I've not seen any reports here about remote battery life, my TV's Bluetooth "Smart Remote" is on its second set of 2xAA's in less than a year, but Bluetooth is worthwhile to feed. TV has an IR 'Blaster' but no "Teach" of IR Codes, hope to find a compatible in it's STB, BD/DVD or HT options that might do some of the DVR+ functions. It gives you at least six choices for many 'Brands', but does not list Channel Master or *ES* yet.
My original Delphi SkyFi XM radio's Remote used One CR2032 coin cell which lasted many years. SkyFi was used in the airplane and then just "placed" in a 'package' console cubby in my MINI. Access was awkward, meaning I relied completely on the Remote. After twelve years and on second 2032, drove home and saw the Remote sitting in a cup holder which was now half full of coffee. Took battery out and dropped into a jar full of distilled water for a few days and then a couple weeks to completely dry it out. Worked fine again, but battery quickly died, paid nearly $7 at Walgreens for one CR2032 and it was quickly dead as well. So, I bought a Brand New (10 year old) SkyFi-2 and its Remote takes two AAA's. Also fitted the 'car-kit' Dash Mount in my MINI Cooper. I do have a couple Garage Door openers that use the 2032 as well.
Samsung Bluetooth Smart Remote does most everything, but only just the 'basic' buttons. It will operate Play/Pause on DVD, but for the "Commercial Jump" button, you need the dedicated Remote or the 620. But of course, the Bluetooth will control from bathroom or kitchen, never mind LOS.
Originally Posted by DeOlMan
You might check fleabay. Major brands can be cheap with free shipping as well.
My next Amazon Prime order will include a pack of 2032's (or if it's eBay sooner).
As far as Firmware 124R, you must recall the flurry of my posts and getting all the expert help from wonderful experts on this Thread to help me do a Router Block preventing that Firmware Flash or its Nag Screens. I would never want to use any of the features added by 124R and would miss what it takes away from my current version.
I love that super slim flat remote working as it does pre-1024R, my 115R has never shown the "Freezes" users of 114R have mentioned.
It has the ability to record (or add) a Program (from beginning) that a Tuner had in the queue. As I recall, 114R did not have this ability and it will even record back more that the Two Hours you see in the queue to hold a pause limit. I have no idea what other improvements it has over 114R but there's no download for 115R. I do have 114R & 124R USB file's downloaded, but hope I never have to use them.
I cut four 1/4 inch circles from scrap Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape (the thick, soft spongy double-stick) and placed them over the dots on bottom and it holds the Remote to the Palm Rest of my Tablets Keyboard. I never even need to pick it up at all, just press the buttons I need to use and it never ever misses the DVR+ IR Window.