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post #1 of 29 Old 08-19-2014, 07:28 PM - Thread Starter
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replacing URC R50

My R50 is starting to no longer register the play button, after 8 years of use.

According to Amazon, URC is discontinuing the R50? Thats unfortunate. The only device that is a consumer product that comes close to it in terms of number of remotes it replaces is the considerably more expensive Harmony One

Are there any other remotes that offer similar functionality at a similar price point? Is URC introducing a successor to the R50?

One other question:
The only complaint I have the with the R50, is in my new place, its a little 'weak'--meaning I have to almost get off the couch to get it to control the cable box. Suggestions? I actually just found an open box R50 for < $50, so I picked up a 'new' one... Should I have gone RF?

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You could try looking for used mx-450, the RF version of the R50. The R50 was replaced by the URC-R40.
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thnx!

Looks like the MX450 is also being discontinued...
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thnx!

Looks like the MX-450 is also being discontinued...
For the record, the MX-450 is still a current model on URC's website.

http://www.universalremote.com/produ...faces&p=MX-450


But it looks like the MX-450 the only remaining user-programmable learning remote they offer. I recently picked one up and while i like it, i like my R40 a lot more. The R40's button layout feels a lot more natural, it's hard buttons feel more solid, it has the four extra colored buttons that come in handy, and the screen layout is much more customizable. The only thing i like more about the MX-450 is the larger brighter screen but that's about it. I also like that it's at least still available

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What's the deal with this remote?? They're on sale over at Monoprice.


http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_i...50924_thursday


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What's the deal with this remote?? They're on sale over at Monoprice.l
They probably acquired some surplus inventory. That's a pretty good price and its a decent remote.


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They probably acquired some surplus inventory. That's a pretty good price and its a decent remote.


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Thanks you're thoughts, are they difficult to program for the average fellow

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Thanks you're thoughts, are they difficult to program for the average fellow Dan
Nah, it takes a bit of playing around with it and some trial and error at first but i was quickly able to figure out how to configure it, and there are some threads here at AVS and over at Remote Central that have useful discussion about it with tips and tricks etc.

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But it looks like the MX-450 the only remaining user-programmable learning remote they offer. I recently picked one up and while i like it, i like my R40 a lot more. The R40's button layout feels a lot more natural, it's hard buttons feel more solid, it has the four extra colored buttons that come in handy, and the screen layout is much more customizable. The only thing i like more about the MX-450 is the larger brighter screen but that's about it. I also like that it's at least still available
No matter how much you like the R40, the screen will eventually fade out and die. The MX-450 is basically a combination of the R40 and R50; it even has the same (old) code database. Checkout the thread I started on the MX-450 for other questions/discussions.

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No matter how much you like the R40, the screen will eventually fade out and die. The MX-450 is basically a combination of the R40 and R50; it even has the same (old) code database. Checkout the thread I started on the MX-450 for other questions/discussions.
Yeah, unfortunately i know all about it. I'm actually the first one to notice the OLED screen dimming problem on my own R40, and that it carries over to the MX-780 pro model as well. I complained about it in my Official R40 thread earlier this year. It's a crying shame cause the R40 is the best consumer grade learning remote of all time, but we have about 7 reports of dimming screens now, and i see even more dim screens on Ebay and Remote Central. If only it had an LCD screen instead.

But in a backhanded way that screen dimming issue ultimately forced me into getting an MX-890 which i like a LOT better, and it has the same core LCD screen as the MX-450 and R50 (but with fully customizable screen icons).

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Thanks you're thoughts, are they difficult to program for the average fellow
By the way, if you want to read up on the R50, here are a few links:

http://www.remotecentral.com/reviews/urc_r50/index.html

http://www.cnet.com/products/urc-dig...0/#reviewPage1

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They probably acquired some surplus inventory. That's a pretty good price and its a decent remote.
Well their $69 sale is over - the R50 went back up to it's previous $104 price and is not such a good price anymore


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Well their $69 sale is over - the R50 went back up to it's old $104 MSRP and is not such a good price anymore


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Yup that was quick, I just refreshed the page and bam price shot up!


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Looks like Monoprice dropped the price again Yayyyyy.

I bought one to give a once over and see if I like it..cheap enough..


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Looks like Monoprice dropped the price again Yayyyyy.

I bought one to give a once over and see if I like it..cheap enough.. Dan
And again this morning it's back up to $105 LOL

As long as you plan your configuration ahead of time and accept it's minor limitations while configuring it, once set up it's a good solild remote, even at $105.



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And again this morning it's back up to $105 LOL

As long as you plan your configuration ahead of time and accept it's minor limitations while configuring it, once set up it's a good solild remote, even at $105.



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Now they're just playing with our emotions . Well I'll report back once I get it, I'm really not that good at programming remotes and such, had a Urc mx-980???? and just did not get pass the software, plugging in the commands on the darn thing But hey I'll give a go as it appears to be easier.

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Like the OP, I needed to replace my URC R50, 8 years of continuous service/ failing buttons... I like the R50. I had to work hard and long to set it up but it was worth the effort.


I picked up a "lightly used" MX450 + MRF260 on eBay for less than $100 incl shipping. I'm stoked to set it up. I can finally fix the few things I could have done better on my R50.


I'm finding that I like my remotes to have RF capability. I have enjoyed years of perfect service from NextGen remote extender transmitters installed in the battery compartments of two bedroom remotes. The NextGen wouldn't work with my R50 though. The MX/MRF combo looks even more capable of control from other rooms.


The layouts of these remotes are identical but the MX450 buttons are very different from those of the R50. The MX450 buttons produce an audible click at the bottom of the stroke. The R50 only gives some initial resistance at the top of the stroke.
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The RC 50 is now $59.99 with free shipping at Monoprice. I don't how long this sale is supposed to last.

I'm kind of sorry I don't need a new remote.

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Like the OP, I needed to replace my URC R50... picked up a "lightly used" MX450 + MRF260...


I have had a month with the MX450. I regret not moving-on sooner from the R50. The positive button action is a relief. Also love having USB to back-up my work on my laptop and download updated IR codes.



I'm making better use of Macros than I did w/the R50. Each device/source has a macro on the"off" button that turns off all associated equipment and returns the TV to my wife’s HDMI input and leaves the MX450 on its Main page.



In all devices my "ENT" button (lower right corner) has a macro that returns the TV to HDMI from the DVR and turns off the amp. This is just another way to make sure she can always press the same button one time to switch the TV to the video input from the DVR and turn off my amp.



My favorite new-to-me macro is turning one button into a two choice toggle-switch. The button gets a single learned code, like for switching the TV to video input-6 (DVR). The same button gets a delay-macro w/ a TVpower-"on" + video input-8. I can select either input by just pressing briefly or pressing and holding for a half second. I also have a toggle-macro in the Receiver device to use one button to select internet-radio or HD FM. This uses less page 1 buttons and is quite slick to use.



The only thing that isn't doing me any good is the macro editor. I never could understand how to work it. I just erase macros and try again. But it is handy to use the macro editor to see all the steps of the current flawed macro so I will know how to make it better.

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The only thing that isn't doing me any good is the macro editor. I never could understand how to work it. I just erase macros and try again. But it is handy to use the macro editor to see all the steps of the current flawed macro so I will know how to make it better.
The Macro Editor is actually pretty easy, just bring up the macro button that you want to edit, then scroll down to a step and hit the Select key to highlight it - a little menu will pop up giving you the options Move, Add, Delete, Delay, Go To, and Cancel. From here you can say add a command to your string, then move it up or down the list if you need it in a different sequence. You can add delays, or delete a command etc.

Just play with it a little, maybe create some "test macros" on page 3 of your screen and do some experimenting and practicing. Editing the macro is much quicker than re-creating the macro from scratch.


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This just seems to be a rebadged MX450.

Here are some user reviews;
http://www.remotecentral.com/ureview/148.htm

Amazons offering is here;
http://www.amazon.com/URC-Universal-.../dp/B001KC08AE

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This just seems to be a rebadged MX450.
Well the housings come from the same mold and they share the same LCD screen, but the MX-450 has hard short-throw buttons with better tactile feel, where the R50 has soft gummy long-throw buttons.

There are some functional differences, with the biggest being the MX-450 has the ability to edit macros where the R50 cannot, and the MX-450 has Archiver software so you can save your final setup, or revert back to a previously saved setup. The MX-450 is a Pro remote intended for the professional custom installer industry and is not factory authorized to be sold at retail, but there are plenty of good used ones on Ebay and new ones on Amazon etc.

I much prefer my MX-450 over the R50 i had previously.

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Interesting, but all of that at a price.

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Does the mx450 work with USB or is it still that dumb serial port like their older remotes??
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Does the mx450 work with USB or is it still that dumb serial port like their older remotes??
It has a Mini-USB port under the battery cover, like on the MX-780 and MX-890.

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Randy I'm coming from a mx850, its programming is done on a PC and it only connects to a PC with an old serial port.

What is your current favorite remote?

Are the urc remotes these days programmable from the remote, or only the PC like my remote?

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The less expensive ones are done from the remote. All the others are through a PC without using an Internet connection which AFAIC, is a huge advantage.
I use the older MX900. My three biggest issues are the need to always activate the backlight at night (it doesn't light up like most automatically when you press the keys), the limited number of digits in each line on the LCD display & the short battery life (thought it doesn't use a proprietary battery pack which partly makes up for that).
You should be able to get one off e-bay for around $100.

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Randy I'm coming from a mx850, its programming is done on a PC and it only connects to a PC with an old serial port.
I still like these older models. The wife still uses her trusty MX-500 (direct learning remote) in her den, and a long time ago i had an MX-800 in a bedroom (programmed via PC-Editor like the MX-700 and your MX-850) but i gave it to a friend who's MX-700 had died and he refused to try anything different (he reminds me of the wife). These old remotes are basic simple workhorses.


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What is your current favorite remote?
Oh the MX-890 for sure - it's light, well balanced in the hand, the short-throw buttons have a great tactile feel, and the button layout is perfect for me (especially the four colored buttons that are so popular on most devices now).

Before i aquired the MX-890, my favorite remote was the MX-780 and it's consumer counterpart the R40 learning remote (exact same button layout as the MX-890). Before these i briefly had an R50 and before that an MX-880 but i did not like those.

I'm now interested in the recently-announced and soon-to-be-released MX-990 which appears to be a blend of the MX-980 and MX-890. But i already have too many remotes


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Are the urc remotes these days programmable from the remote, or only the PC like my remote?
URC has pretty much abandoned the DIY retail market, instead focusing on the Custom Installer (CI) industry to sell/program their remotes. Their only remaining direct-learning remote is the MX-450 which is their low-end Pro model (it's not a DIY retail item). All the rest are programmed via their proprietary CCP software which is only available to authorized CIs. Some DIY-friendly CIs will supply you with the CCP software if you buy the remote from them, but most will not (as is their right).

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Thank you Randy! I appreciate the info and your thoughts.

I guess I need to take a look at the 890, and find a dealer that will allow me the software.

Stay tuned, I'll report back on my decision of which remote I decide on and how I like it...
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