|Marantz RC9500 Universal Learning Remote|
|Home Theater Remotes & System Control Remotes & System Control|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Tuesday, 01 March 2005|
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Although this is an amazing remote, there is always room for improvement. First priority is the battery. This battery runs out after a couple of hours of moderate use. It currently has a 600mAh NiMH battery and, in my eyes, needs at least a 1000mAh Lithium ion in the next revision. Lithium ion batteries last longer, recharge faster and have no memory, so you do not have to deplete them entirely before recharging. If my $150 cell phone has a lithium ion battery, then so can a $1,100 remote.
The pick-up sensor sounds like a loose plastic ball rolling around in the remote. This may annoy some, but it is part of the design. We are used to things feeling solid. yet other than changing the design to a liquid-based switch, it is something we will have to live with.
This remote could use some rubber feet and some bumpers, since it is small enough that it may likely be dropped. This would serve to protect your furniture and your remote alike.
The Wizz.it 9 software has some quirks. When I rename a device tab like the “numpad” to “joystick,” it does not change this in all the views for the device. This means I have to rename the label for each tab I may have, which adds up to a lot of extra effort when you have four or five tabs per device.
Although the addition of this remote to my home theater has not improved the sound or picture of my system, it has won over my friends who try to use my theater. My tech-adverse father can totally figure out how to control my system when he visits, thanks to the macros on this remote. I have a little more comfort with letting my roommate use my system, knowing the macros will power up and down all my components in the correct order and not damage anything. Best of all, the themes allow for this remote to be completely personalized to your taste and that of the whole family. Indeed, the price is steep for this power; however, if you consider the level of customer service that you get and the cost of the big boys, this is very affordable. This remote has definitely made an impact on the wow factor of my system. The Marantz RC9500 will make you the undisputed “coolest kid on the block.”