Sony Learning Remote Control

TV - 32.81 ft, DVD Player, VCR, CD Player, Satellite Receiver, DVR - MPN: RMVL600
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Exciting and convenient, the RM-VL600 controls up to 8 components, and with the One-touch system control, synchronizing operational status on remote and alternate components is done with ease. Also a Learning function for programming from other remotes.
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Number of Controllable Devices 8
General Features Learning Function
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Sony RM-VL600
5 Star Review  testseek.com - Jul 23, 2014

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Outstanding for what I want in a remote
5 Star Review   By member skrhome - Apr 5, 2010   

Strengths: It saves my time from carrying 3 remotes around

Weakness: None that I have incountered

For the use of connecting my TV, Cable and DVD/VCR player together, it works wonderfully. My cable provider was not able to give me a remote that worked with my new TV. This remote "learned" my TV, my Cable and my DVD/VCR player. Now everything works good together on one remote. I love it.

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Better than nothing
2 Star Review   By member Dburrows37 - Apr 10, 2008   

Strengths: better than nothing

Weakness: not backlit and can only be preprogram for 6 inputs

My biggest beef with this remote is the limited number (six) of imput sources it can handle. I bought this remote because I have a Sony television along with a Sony dvd/surroud sound system and I thought; oh perfect a Sony for the Sony stuff. Well, almost; My TV is a bravia xbr4, it has 2 video inputs, 3 component inputs and 3 HDMI inputs, -and in that order, for a total of eight inputs. The preprogrammed order of the inputs is key because that is the order that the remote takes them in when one is trying to preprogram a sequence of commands. Wanting to get the most out of my television I have used the Hdmi inputs (with the exception of the xbox which is component). The first HDMI input has the Sony PS3, the second has the cable box and the third has the DVD/surround sound. So you as you can see if the remote only handles the first six inputs that leaves my last two HDMI inputs (# 7,8) not covered by the remote. What could be a really good remote for the money were it not for this rediculous design oversight on the part of Sony in the prioratization of their inputs is a pain for me.

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Definite evolutionary improved remote control
4 Star Review   By member ehovland - Aug 22, 2007   

Strengths: Light, solid build, large buttons.

Weakness: Although learning is better it is still kludgy and can take several attempts to get a button right if the remote is not already in the database of the remote

Very good remote. If you used either the VL700 or the VL900 you will appreciate this remote. It is a good evolutionary improvement to those remotes. The remote works as specified. It is low cost and can learn if given enough patience.

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Recommended
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to teach. Large memory. Macros. Good value.

Weakness: No preprogrammed code for my Sony DVD player! Had to teach it.

This is a great value. It was very easy to teach all of the commands from my other remotes. I could even mix and match remotes, so I could program my sound system to respond to volume commands when the TV is selected. The macro function let me turn on my satellite dish and TV, and set the TV input and aspect ratio with one button. There is no programming 'pause' function, but the workaround suggested in the manual did the trick.

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Does not have post sale support
2 Star Review   By member vitorbovo - Feb 20, 2007   

Strengths: Controls basically everything (as long as you're lucky to get it working).

Weakness: Operating Instructions are confusing and do not work. Sony Support is the worse ever!

Have it working for my TV, VCR, and DVD. The problem begun when I tryed teaching it the eject command signals from the original Panasonic unit. Instructions from the manual do not work and NO SUPPORT was found neither on a chat session nor through the telephone. Buy any other one, but a Sony!

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new remote
4 Star Review   By member raeverson - Nov 14, 2006   

Strengths: Integration with other remotes

Weakness: Kind of hard to use the "learn" feature, but I figured it out

I own mostly Sony products - 2 TV's, one sterio, and a dvd/vcr combo. Even though the dvd/vcr combo is a Sony product, there was no code in the guide book. I eventually got it, but not without some degree of frustration. However. the learn feature, once I had it down, is really cool. Other than realizing that this thing needs to be strapped to my hip as I move from room to room if I want anything to work, it's great.

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Sony Learning Universal Remote RM-VL600
5 Star Review   By member gasserd - Nov 4, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to program, Low cost, Ergonomic

I am using this remote to replace six others and it does the job perfectly. The learning function works easily and flawlessly. The remote feels good in your hand and actually works better than some of the remotes it replaces. I would recommend it highly.

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Great value.
4 Star Review   By member MCEscher - Oct 25, 2006   

Strengths: Learning remote. Up to 8 components. Easy to program.

Weakness: Large size. Buttons too spread out. Could use a few more buttons. Instruction manual. No dedicated skip forward and reverse buttons - use the channel up and down buttons for that.

Extremely good value if you can get it under $20. Bought this yesterday and programmed four components in: TV, vcr, DVD, and Windows Media Center. The TV and vcr had the codes. Some special functions of the vcr required learning. The DVD player is a Colby and there were no codes. Had to teach the remote every function but it was easy to do. Same for my MCE remote. Press and hold "Set" for 3 seconds+, press "DVD", press the key you want to teach, press and hold the key on the original VCR remote facing this remote. Wait a little bit for confirmation. That key is done. What the manual doesn't say is that you can continue to program the rest of the keys by pressing the next key on the Sony remote, press and hold the teaching remote's key, wait for confirmation, then continue on to the next key. Anyway, you will know what I'm talking about when you try to teach the remote. It very fast for this remote to learn all the functions you want. It has just enough keys to program in the most important functions. Very happy to have this remote!

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Sony RM-VL600 Learning Remote
4 Star Review   By member jjhwang - Oct 6, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to use, once you get everything programmed.

Weakness: I did not find the manual very clear.

It took a little while to program this remote because the instructions are not very clear. Once I figured it out, it was pretty easy to program. For those that have TiVo, the remote is not compatible out of the box and there is no program code. I had to do some creative programming to get it to recognize the TiVo remote.

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Sony RM-VL600 universal remote control
4 Star Review   By member mikhail_melnikov - Oct 3, 2006   

Strengths: nice rubber buttons. supports 8 components

Weakness: buttons are not lid

Got a great price on an excellent piece of electronics. It's been a long time since I purchased universal remotes and now I have problems with newer electronics (cable boxes, dvd, etc). This one is learing remote, so I guess it'll support most if not all no-name brand electronics out there.

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Description
Exciting and convenient, the RM-VL600 controls up to 8 components, and with the One-touch system control, synchronizing operational status on remote and alternate components is done with ease. Also a Learning function for programming from other remotes.
Quick Glance
Number of Controllable Devices 8
General Features Learning Function
Summary
Product Title Sony Learning Remote Control
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $24.99 from Sears.com
Power Score 4.5 | 16 Reviews
Physical Features
Range: 32.81 ft
Other Features
Battery Type: 2 x AA
Warranty
Warranty Information: 90 Days Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number of Batteries: 2
Included Components: Manual
Controllable Device Types: AM/FM Tuner, Amplifier/Receiver, Cable Box, Cassette Deck, CD Changer, CD Player, DVD Player, Satellite Receiver, Television, Tivo, VCR
Wireless Operating Distance: 32.81 ft
Brand Name: Sony
Macro Length (Number of Functions): 12
Frequency Band: Easy operation of on-screen menu for DVD and VCR Pre-programmed codes are compatible with most brands One-touch System control (12 macro functions) Functions: Learning function System Control function (macro) Memory back-up DVD menu Picture in Picture
Number of Batteries: 2
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Expert Reviews
Sony RM-VL600
5 Star Review  testseek.com - Jul 23, 2014

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Sony RM-VL600 and the average expert rating is 100 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Outstanding for what I want in a remote
5 Star Review   By member skrhome - Apr 5, 2010   

Strengths: It saves my time from carrying 3 remotes around

Weakness: None that I have incountered

For the use of connecting my TV, Cable and DVD/VCR player together, it works wonderfully. My cable provider was not able to give me a remote that worked with my new TV. This remote "learned" my TV, my Cable and my DVD/VCR player. Now everything works good together on one remote. I love it.

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Better than nothing
2 Star Review   By member Dburrows37 - Apr 10, 2008   

Strengths: better than nothing

Weakness: not backlit and can only be preprogram for 6 inputs

My biggest beef with this remote is the limited number (six) of imput sources it can handle. I bought this remote because I have a Sony television along with a Sony dvd/surroud sound system and I thought; oh perfect a Sony for the Sony stuff. Well, almost; My TV is a bravia xbr4, it has 2 video inputs, 3 component inputs and 3 HDMI inputs, -and in that order, for a total of eight inputs. The preprogrammed order of the inputs is key because that is the order that the remote takes them in when one is trying to preprogram a sequence of commands. Wanting to get the most out of my television I have used the Hdmi inputs (with the exception of the xbox which is component). The first HDMI input has the Sony PS3, the second has the cable box and the third has the DVD/surround sound. So you as you can see if the remote only handles the first six inputs that leaves my last two HDMI inputs (# 7,8) not covered by the remote. What could be a really good remote for the money were it not for this rediculous design oversight on the part of Sony in the prioratization of their inputs is a pain for me.

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Definite evolutionary improved remote control
4 Star Review   By member ehovland - Aug 22, 2007   

Strengths: Light, solid build, large buttons.

Weakness: Although learning is better it is still kludgy and can take several attempts to get a button right if the remote is not already in the database of the remote

Very good remote. If you used either the VL700 or the VL900 you will appreciate this remote. It is a good evolutionary improvement to those remotes. The remote works as specified. It is low cost and can learn if given enough patience.

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Recommended
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy to teach. Large memory. Macros. Good value.

Weakness: No preprogrammed code for my Sony DVD player! Had to teach it.

This is a great value. It was very easy to teach all of the commands from my other remotes. I could even mix and match remotes, so I could program my sound system to respond to volume commands when the TV is selected. The macro function let me turn on my satellite dish and TV, and set the TV input and aspect ratio with one button. There is no programming 'pause' function, but the workaround suggested in the manual did the trick.

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Does not have post sale support
2 Star Review   By member vitorbovo - Feb 20, 2007   

Strengths: Controls basically everything (as long as you're lucky to get it working).

Weakness: Operating Instructions are confusing and do not work. Sony Support is the worse ever!

Have it working for my TV, VCR, and DVD. The problem begun when I tryed teaching it the eject command signals from the original Panasonic unit. Instructions from the manual do not work and NO SUPPORT was found neither on a chat session nor through the telephone. Buy any other one, but a Sony!

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new remote
4 Star Review   By member raeverson - Nov 14, 2006   

Strengths: Integration with other remotes

Weakness: Kind of hard to use the "learn" feature, but I figured it out

I own mostly Sony products - 2 TV's, one sterio, and a dvd/vcr combo. Even though the dvd/vcr combo is a Sony product, there was no code in the guide book. I eventually got it, but not without some degree of frustration. However. the learn feature, once I had it down, is really cool. Other than realizing that this thing needs to be strapped to my hip as I move from room to room if I want anything to work, it's great.

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Sony Learning Universal Remote RM-VL600
5 Star Review   By member gasserd - Nov 4, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to program, Low cost, Ergonomic

I am using this remote to replace six others and it does the job perfectly. The learning function works easily and flawlessly. The remote feels good in your hand and actually works better than some of the remotes it replaces. I would recommend it highly.

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Great value.
4 Star Review   By member MCEscher - Oct 25, 2006   

Strengths: Learning remote. Up to 8 components. Easy to program.

Weakness: Large size. Buttons too spread out. Could use a few more buttons. Instruction manual. No dedicated skip forward and reverse buttons - use the channel up and down buttons for that.

Extremely good value if you can get it under $20. Bought this yesterday and programmed four components in: TV, vcr, DVD, and Windows Media Center. The TV and vcr had the codes. Some special functions of the vcr required learning. The DVD player is a Colby and there were no codes. Had to teach the remote every function but it was easy to do. Same for my MCE remote. Press and hold "Set" for 3 seconds+, press "DVD", press the key you want to teach, press and hold the key on the original VCR remote facing this remote. Wait a little bit for confirmation. That key is done. What the manual doesn't say is that you can continue to program the rest of the keys by pressing the next key on the Sony remote, press and hold the teaching remote's key, wait for confirmation, then continue on to the next key. Anyway, you will know what I'm talking about when you try to teach the remote. It very fast for this remote to learn all the functions you want. It has just enough keys to program in the most important functions. Very happy to have this remote!

67% of readers found this review helpful.

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Sony RM-VL600 Learning Remote
4 Star Review   By member jjhwang - Oct 6, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to use, once you get everything programmed.

Weakness: I did not find the manual very clear.

It took a little while to program this remote because the instructions are not very clear. Once I figured it out, it was pretty easy to program. For those that have TiVo, the remote is not compatible out of the box and there is no program code. I had to do some creative programming to get it to recognize the TiVo remote.

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Sony RM-VL600 universal remote control
4 Star Review   By member mikhail_melnikov - Oct 3, 2006   

Strengths: nice rubber buttons. supports 8 components

Weakness: buttons are not lid

Got a great price on an excellent piece of electronics. It's been a long time since I purchased universal remotes and now I have problems with newer electronics (cable boxes, dvd, etc). This one is learing remote, so I guess it'll support most if not all no-name brand electronics out there.

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I'm returning this one
2 Star Review   By member komarek - Oct 2, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to enter codes

Weakness: Missing standard DVD/CD keys

This remote is not appropriate for a person who operates an audio system. The unit lacks "skip to next track/skip to previous track" keys. DVD users will also need to program the up, down and side arrows -- at least if using a Toshiba DVD player. You can probably work around all this by learning commands and assigning them to other keys. It should just be easier than this. In addition, this remote would not operate my Sherwood RX-4100 receiver. I can't use the "learn" function because I lost the Sherwood remote. Code Search did not locate a code for the unit. When I tried using this on my Onkyo receiver, the power, volume, and source selector keys all worked. But I could not adjust the tone/balance/source or digital signal processing unless I programmed the keys. Finally, I believe that a remote that includes built-in codes should at least operate the up, down, left arrow, right arrow, menu and "ok" buttons of the supported components without additional programming. The keys on this remote would not operate these functions on my Panasonic TV, my Onkyo receiver, or my Toshiba DVD/SACD player.

71% of readers found this review helpful.

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Sony RM-VL600 Learning Remote Control
4 Star Review   By member tcramm - Sep 20, 2006   

Strengths: This remote works great. It is very easy to learn how to operate right out of the box.

Weakness: None so far.

I like this remote because it has the Macro Functions to turn on my TV-AMP and Directv dvr box all at once.This remote is very light and the buttons are easy to read and use.I paid $25 for this remote.

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SONY RM-VL600
4 Star Review   By member A2CGUY - Sep 8, 2006   

Strengths: Quick Learner. Great price. Does the job.

Weakness: Didn't recognize it's own brand TV. Takes some practice.

Well, I have it working and I'm satisfied to this point. I found it odd that it didn't recognize my brand new Sony TV. Reading the booklet, I found that it doesn't recognize all Sony's, but there are no codes for Sony in it's code list. I thought that was ironic. So I put it head to head with the other Sony remote as well as my Directv remote, and after a couple of tries I got the hang of it and, like magic, it learned everything I wanted it to learn. I would recommend it if you only have two or three components to command. I think if had more than that, I might spend some bigger bucks on something like a Logitech Harmony. I figured for twenty bucks I couldn't go wrong and I would do something with it if it didn't work and then buy the Logitech.

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Powerful Yet Simple
4 Star Review   By member drstrange - Aug 15, 2006   

Strengths: Comprehensive learning including macros, transmitter, price

Weakness: Aesthetics

This not an overly complicated remote but is about as powerful as you can ask for without being gimmicky and really only limited by the effort you put into programming it. Codes certainly work for the essentials but of course going beyond those is required to really make using all your components as simple as possible. Having also owned its predecessors the 710 and 700, it can objectively be said that the features of the series keep improving while the price keeps going down. Perhaps subjectively the appearance and feel of the case have suffered but the layout and button tactility remain fine. I would ask Sony's design team how the ideal shape could possibly change from year to year -functions yes, but ergonomics other than adapting to minor layout or button additions, no. Still, functionality rules and at that it shines so I can easily recommend it.

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Excelent learning remote
4 Star Review   By member borysr - Jul 6, 2006   

Strengths: Learning feature is working great. Almost each button can be programmed for each of the 8 devices!. It works with any remote I have. Macro sequences of the commands also plus.

Weakness: Little bit pricy.No LCD display. Buttons are not back light for night time. Missing codes for some devices (Direct TV, Panasonic theater) and missing few buttons for some functions from other remotes

Have this remote for few days. First impression was not very good. Missing codes for DirectTV receiver and Panasonic HT, programing procedure is little bit confusing. Had to read Manual completely ( I rare do that :) It took awhile to program all the buttons for two not supported devices (considering missing few buttons for some functions from other remotes). I was surprised to see how easy it swallowed all the code in learning mode. (Comparing to my old AllInOne remote which has a very limited memory for learning). Now I have one remote "rule them all".

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