URC Home Theater Master SL-9000 review: URC Home Theater Master SL-9000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Backlit buttons and LCD; easy to use; good manual.

The Bad LCD and some buttons are small.

The Bottom Line Programming this remote can be intimidating for beginners, but the SL-9000 is a solid performer.

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Universal Remote Control's Home Theater Master SL-9000 finds the middle ground between the insufficient universal remotes that come packaged with home theater components and the overwrought, high-end remotes with LCD touch screens and PC connectivity. It easily takes command of up to eight components, regardless of brand, with 55 good, old-fashioned buttons. Universal Remote Control's Home Theater Master SL-9000 finds the middle ground between the insufficient universal remotes that come packaged with home theater components and the overwrought, high-end remotes with LCD touch screens and PC connectivity. It easily takes command of up to eight components, regardless of brand, with 55 good, old-fashioned buttons.

Push-Button Ease
Buttons are certainly a matter of taste. A big touch-screen remote is good for impressing your friends, but it can't be used without taking your eyes off of the TV screen, and smudges of popcorn butter from greasy fingers are more noticeable. The sole purpose of the SL-9000's five-character LCD is to identify which component you're controlling. The LCD is on the small side, but it does the job admirably.

The well-placed buttons make the remote immediately intuitive to use. The SL-9000's buttons and LCD are all backlit, making it easy to command your home theater in dim light. However, in order to make the remote small enough to fit comfortably in one hand, some of the buttons are rather diminutive.

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URC Home Theater Master SL-9000

Part Number: SL9000
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  • Supported Device Qty 8
  • Supported Devices home control
  • Features macro function
  • Type programmable remote control