|AMX MVP 7500 Touch Screen Remote|
|Home Theater Remotes & System Control Remotes & System Control|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2004|
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When my remote sits all day waiting for me to return from work and crank up my system, there is a delay from the “sleep” state to an active state. This delay can last 20 or 30 seconds, which for this Type-A personality is too long.
While the size of the remote is a definite advantage because you can fit more on each screen, the fact that you can’t really manage the remote with one hand is something of a bummer. My solution is to keep the remote on a table near my theater seating. I recommend to anyone building a dedicated theater that you think about where you want their remote to be placed when you are in the design phase of the theater room. The AMX MVP 7500 with the kick stand option can be flipped down and operates nicely when laying flat. I use the remote this way when watching football games in HDTV or Food Network cooking shows, as it allows me to easily fast-forward through commercials, thereby reducing a 30 minute show to 22 minutes of viewing time.
Cost is never permitted to be a “downside” in Audio Video Revolution reviews, but in this case it is important to at least note that you should expect to pay between $100 and $150 per hour for programming on such a sophisticated system, in addition to the hardware cost. The number of hours of programming needs would be at least eight and could be upwards of many dozen in the case of a whole-home automation system. This is less of a downside and more of a way of setting your expectation for the cost of such an investment. Your touch screen remote system fully programmed will cost as much as one of your best components in a high end home theater – and it is worth it.
With the help of Simply Home Entertainment and Oliver Pemberton, we have successfully tamed the beast. My fairly complicated home theater system jumps through hoops like a champion. Some components were easy to tame and others, like my ReQuest Fusion 250 music server, have taken more effort. I can say, as I have cut the checks, the effort is worth it. My systems is not just more in control, it is more enjoyable. In the past, HDTV was a pain to watch, so I rarely watched it. Thanks to HD TiVo and a killer control page on my AMX MVP 7500 remote, I can move through HD and NTSC channels with ease, so I watch more TV in high definition.
Thanks to my AMX system, my girlfriend can navigate nearly every feature of my system without any fear of “screwing anything up.” If she were somehow to get into trouble or get confused, all she has to do is to hit the “I’m Done” button and start over. Thanks to system stability and excellent programming, it rarely ever comes to that. While my AMX system was an expensive investment, I don’t ever question it. In fact, I wonder how I ever lived without it.