The Good The Caavo is a unique universal remote control and HDMI switching system that integrates all of the gear in your home theater. It supports voice commands both by talking into the remote and using Alexa. Its onscreen overlay allows you to access devices, apps and TV show and movie watchlists to easily get to what you want, regardless of where it is.
The Bad The Caavo's lack of support for HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos is unforgivable for a product this expensive. The remote isn't backlit. It can't perform advanced commands for smart TVs or audio gear, and customization isn't as deep as Harmony products.
The Bottom Line The Caavo does a great job simplifying the complexity of home theater, but this pricey system is fatally flawed by lack of HDR support.
Visionary universal remote falls short of HDR reality
Would you pay $400 for really nice universal remote? What if it made your system incompatible with today's highest-quality home video and audio formats?
If you answered "Hell, no!" to either question, the Caavo isn't for you. But if you don't mind the expense and don't demand the latest in picture quality, it could be the greatest thing for your home theater since popcorn.
Namesake of a Silicon Valley startup, the Caavo is a unique, ambitious product that does more to tackle the daunting complexity of modern home theater gear than any device I've tested. It effectively takes over your system, smooths over the rough edges and makes it all much easier to use. Unfortunately, it requires two big sacrifices.
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