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Why aren't receivers' remotes backlit?

So it's been awhile since I've looked for a new receiver. After looking for a bit it seems that receivers don't have backlit remotes... even at the higher price points. Is this something I just shouldn't expect? Have I been spoiled all this time by our Xfinity motion-activated, light up remote? Who wants to be in a dark basement searching for the right button while watching a movie?

Are AVR remotes just an afterthought? Do manufacturers assume we'll buy a 3rd party, advanced universal remote? I guess I'm just disappointed the remotes aren't commensurate with the AVR as you go up any manufacturer's price point.

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Most people are using third party remotes (Harmony for the most part). I've never run across a bundled remote that was worth a crap controlling other gear. Harmony works well and they are easy for the non tech-savvy household members to use.
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Interesting question, one I've given thought to as well. It seems that AVR manufactures save their backlit remotes for their flagship receivers. I've owned a several receivers in my days and the only ones that ever had backlight were the top of the line receivers. My current receiver is a Marantz sr8012 and it is backlit, but like Peter said, third party remotes are the way to go if you have multiple devices to control, which, if you have an AVR, you obviously have multiple devices connected to it to control. Logitech/Harmony is probably the most popular and most of their remotes are backlit and/or have LCD display-touchscreens.

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EZ to answer..
Almost every AVR brand today is not profitable or not well off financially... So they delete certain features that cost $, the illuminated remote is about $1.50 higher(FOB cost) than a non-illuminated version. For the higher end AVRs, typically the user will have some other master-type, more versatile remote control such as a Harmony so they likely won't use the OE version packed with the AVR...

Just my $0.02...
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My marantz sr7013 remote is backlit.
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