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Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Remote Controls for all reviews. People really like the controls. The reliability is also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the size and price. Views are divided on the design.

usability, reliability, controls

price, size

On average, users rate this product 53/100 and experts rate this product 81/100.

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Acoustic Research ARRU449 Universal Wi-Fi Remote


This pricey remote is innovative, but it's not without flaws.

Color LCD screen, built-in Wi-Fi ; Automatically updates programming guide

Programming it can be time consuming ; Missing a backspace key

As with all universal remotes, you must teach the AR Remote to talk to your various devices. Start by selecting the device type (TV, DVR, and so on) and manufacturer, then cycle through the infrared control codes for each piece of gear until you find...

Jan, 2008

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Good try, but not quite


Great idea, but less than useful follow through.

Works on just about any device. Was able to get it to control multiple DirectTivos in the same room. Some of the Wifi features are cool, like the weather report. Just about any button can be customized independently for each device, or even assigned to...

Those well positioned buttons in the center of the control are for programming the remote and have nothing to do with operating your devices which of course is what you want to do 99% the time you are using the remote. For that you will have to use the...

Nov, 2009

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Not perfect, But pretty darn good


I dumped cable and get my HDTV over the air, so even though I could see what was on I needed to fire up my PC to look up what is on later. Not anymore, now I just check the remote and can even set a reminder so when what I want comes on it lights up...

Only Wi-Fi remote out there, great guide on the remote, even can send and receive email. Nice bright easy to read screen, buttons light up nice and bright, works just as advertised. Scroll the listings, get info on your show and if that's what you want...

A little time consuming to program, but most universal remotes are if you want them to do every function, buttons are on the small side. May be to complicated for the gadget novice.

Feb, 2009

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Support Not Good


Watch out for poor AR product support. It takes days for them to respond. When they do it's not helpful. And once porduct is out of warranty forget talking to them. They recommend buying a new one if yours breaks.

Looks nice

It's AR product

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Offering a unique combination of sophistication and simplicity, the Acoustic Research Smart Universal Remote controls a myriad of entertainment products and uses the home Wi-Fi network to deliver an Electronic Program Guide and personalized news, weather and sports headlines to the color LCD display. The ARRU449 from Audiovox Accessories functions seamlessly without wires and without a computer. The Smart Universal remote operates as "command central" for controlling a virtually unlimited number of entertainment components including DVRs, DVD players, cable and satellite receivers, DVD recorders, CD players, sound systems and more. When not in use, the remote rests in a custom-designed charging cradle that keeps it ready for operation at all times.


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:2.2

Display (Projector)

Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acoustic Research

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Amplifier / AV receiver / CD player / DLP / LCD / plasma TV / DVD/DVR/VCR / Projector / Satellite or Cable / TV
Type:Universal remote control