URC Remote Base Station Model MRF260
Remote base station for taking the command signals from your remote. IR receiving station is for line-of-sight IR signals and works up to 100-feet distance.
Universal Remote Controls are readily available with many prices and features so differences are more difficult to determine between manufactures; however, our choice remains with the URC brand (Universal Remote Controls, Inc.). The criteria for our universal remote is PC based programming, Radio Frequency (RF) and Infra-Red (IR) signal transmission for “hidden” components, macros for true 1-button component operation and hard-button selection controls. Our two candidates differ in personal preference – simple text based display (Blu-ray is “Blu-ray”) or color icon display (Blu-ray is a colorful icon).
We like the URC brand (formerly named Universal) which is one of the most widely adopted remotes with the most extensive model line-ups available. Our selection from URC’s models includes only remotes with Radio Frequency (RF) signals to operate components “hidden” behind cabinet doors and can be programmed from a PC data base with macros to allow true one-button touch operation for any event; i.e., touch TV and the TV turns on, the audio receiver starts up, the cable or satellite box starts and the correct inputs are selected – all in a millisecond. Just lean back and enjoy.
All models show MSRP pricing which is discounted when included with our Home Theater packages. Programming remote controls with macros – which takes a considerable amount of time regardless of what the advertisements indicate – is available for $225.00 and includes all components in your system.
Universal remote systems have 2-components, (1) the handheld remote and (2) a receiving base station connected to tiny “emitter” nodes placed over each components IR (Infra-red) pickup eye (hard to see but all components with remote controls will have a pickup eye somewhere on the front panel). The base station can receive the remotes signal by line-of-sight IR or by RF (radio frequency) – great for components hidden be behind closed doors of if do not like to aim your remote toward the components.