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Home Theater Master MX-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Home Theater Master MX-500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Remote Controls for all reviews. Reviewers really like the controls and size. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability, while many are negative about the durability and design.

usability, price, size, controls

design, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Remote Controls the Home Theater Master MX-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 34 reviews)

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Expert review by: Remote Central (

Expert Review


If you're up to designing your own layout - learning all buttons for all devices exactly where you want - you'll quickly find a minor problem in that you can't 'delete' a button. If a preprogrammed command is assigned to a particular button to start...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Stewart Wolpin (

Home Theater Master MX-500


The MX-500 may not look very futuristic or cool, but it can control every function on every piece of gear you own.

Large, well-spaced buttons ; 10 keys accept two custom commands each ; Editable labels ; Distinct transport and menu-navigation controls

Bulky, bland design

The MX-500's primary drawback is in the looks department: the control's big, bulky body won't win any beauty contests. But cosmetic considerations pale beside the MX-500's impressive feature list and ease of use. This is a great value and a top-notch...

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: jman0 (

Perfect universal remote, suitable for anything


I definitely recommend it. In just two hours, I had set up my TV, DVD, Hi-Fi, and even a remotely contolled electrical heater, to work with this remote, so substituting 4 remotes with this one was a breeze. I still have to mess a bit with macro...

Nice desing and plenty of functions and customizable options. The learn method is awesome. Thanks to it, I now control my TV, DVD and Hi-fi, and it even learnt the codes from my portable heater's remote, so I have one remote for everything at home

A bit heavy, but not a very big issue, since it also feels sturdy and very well built ; An updatable code list would be plus, since my TV (bought just a month ago) was just partially detected, and the code was not any of the ones listed for its brand

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: (

Home Theater Master MX-500


This is the life saver for those with many components. I just added a DVR, which meant another remote to learn and have hanging around the tv room. This one does it all, Cable, TV, VCR, DVD, amplifier, CD player, you name it. Haven't used it for the...

Does it all, lights up at night, easily programmed

A bit large, not the most stylish available

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: natureboy92135 (

"love this remote"


I would recommend this remote to anybody as l... 

good price, great features

no online set up

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: (

Home Theater Master MX-500


I would recommend this remote to anybody as long as you are willing to take some time to set it up right. Completely customizable and it is pretty easy to figure out once you get into the set up menu. Learns very easily from other remotes so you never...

good price, great features

no online set up

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: jgoehring (

"Excellent basic remote"


The first thing that caught my attention with... 

Well spaced buttons, easy to program, highly programmable

BULKY, display can be hard to read when not using the LIGHT feature

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: pfastfoot (

"Everything I Could Want in a Remote"


I love this remote (and so does my wife). I'... 

Real buttons combined with LCD screen

No PC connectivity

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: vegcrow (

"Easy to use, fully customizable, even controls my lights!"


I used to own the Sony remote that looks more... 

Good backlight, comfortable to hold, tons of memory

Too powerful when batteries are fresh, no ability to turn the unit off, "up" button wearing out after 2 years

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Does it all, easy for all to use


Easy to configure, easy to customize, pleanty of programmable buttons that match all my remotes (tivo, cable, satellite, HD,tv,dvd,audio). Easy for the wife to understand. Works in the dark

Somewhat large, not very sleek looking

Feb, 2005