I am currently using a Sony AV-RX4000 which does everything I want it to do. The buttons are starting to get worn, but I have not found anything that can replace it. I noticed Amazon has the AR18 for $54. I was wondering if AR is coming out with new models after the CES show in January and will the AR18 perform the same functions as my Sony? I have a macro set to watch a blu-ray, to turn on the blu-ray player, turn on the Parasound processor and set the input to blu-ray and then set the TV to the correct HDMI input. It also will switch the TV speakers off so the sound operates through the processor. When I am finished watching the movie, I press another macro button, and the remote will lower the processor volume, switch the input back to FM, then power the processor off, stop the blu-ray player, then switch the TV back to the TV input and switch the TV speakers back on. (pretty confusing isn't it?)
The low price on the AR makes me wonder if they are closing it out. Also does the LCD screen show some of the function buttons depending on the device? I have read good reviews on it on Remote Central.
So far on all the remote sites all the information they show is how their units turn equipment on and off with a single button press. Thanks in advance