Advantages Huge stock of replacement remote controls
Disadvantages Still not cheap
I recently ‘inherited’ a ten-year old mini-hifi system that was so well built that it actually still worked.I’ll just hang on a moment or two to allow you to collect your composure after swooning in disbelief………
All OK now? Good, I’ll continue.The system in question was a Sony CMT-SD1, which first came to the UK market 11 or 12 years ago, back when, according to certain pundits, “Sony used to build good stuff”, which I know will annoy all of their existing TV owners, but we’re talking hi-fi here, not video.
The one thing it lacked, or rather my daughter couldn’t find, was the remote control, which was a pity since many of the systems functions like presetting radio stations or setting timers needed the remote.
Armed with that knowledge, I set about finding cheaper alternatives – after all, working the system might be, but it’s a tad past its warranty expiry so expansive, nay expensive gestures were not on the agenda!It was somewhere during an evening of trying this site and that, that I tripped upon www.remote-control.info, advertising a replacement version for 29.90€ posted to anywhere in Europe including Switzerland for that exact net price including postage, with delivery in 48/72 hours or so they reckoned.
OK, it didn’t look like the original, but a quick perusal of my operating instructions showed me that it had ‘all the right buttons’ even if they were in different positions. This is the advantage of this site – they actually show you a picture of what to expect, tailored to your needs, so you’d be well advised to check against your instructions just to make sure that their replacement is going to do the job.I tried it with a few other bits of home audio/video, and waddya know, they could replace the remotes for them too, all except my Panasonic Blu-Ray player which curiously had a remote control part number not a million miles from that of my Panasonic plasma TV, so I knew the format of what I was typing in was right as it only differed by the last three digits.
If you use their search facility, only to draw an initial blank, all is not lost.Remote-Control.Info have a second line of defence, offering you the facility to send in a facial scan (Of the remote, not you silly! Save that for the office party), from which they will create the same range of buttons, combined with what they already know about the signal codes used by different makers.
Alternatively, you can actually send them your existing remote, which of course is only any good if you’ve actually got one! I don’t suppose it has to be a functioning version though, after all, why would you need a second one? I’m guessing that this is just for those with no scanner.If these latter alternatives sound a bit ‘iffy’ to use the vernacular, you’ve got little to worry about since they offer a full money-back warranty if it doesn’t work.
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