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Todd Fields
2003-12-05, 10:45
I'd just like to not have to walk up to my SLIMP3 and
hold the remote six inches away. Remote control
issues are really the only frustrating thing about my
SIMP3 (other than the a random drop out here or
there.) Even when I hold it close I sometimes have to
hit buttons twice (and, yes, I've got a fresh set of
Energizer battaries in it.) I wish the unit had hard
buttons on it. I'd almost rather just walk up and
press a button on the unit itself. At least I'd know
they'd work.

Don't get me wrong. Overall I love it and wouldn't
trade it for any other MP3 player out there. I just
wish I'd gotten one that had the IR receiver mounted
flush up against the front cover (at least I'm
assuming that's the cause of my problems.)


--- matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com wrote:
> The showstopper for this device for me?
>
> IR remote.
>
> Maybe I'm being picky, but why would an *audio*
> device have a remote that
> requires line-of-sight. Why not do an RF, X10-style
> remote?
>
(http://www.mousehouse.net/ha-products-4xxx.asp?id=H4500&p=details)
> My stereo
> is in the living room but I'd prolly do most of my
> listening in the kitchen and
> dining room. I don't want to have to pop into the
> living room every time I want
> to skip a song.
>
> Apologies if this has already been discussed on this
> list, I scanned the
> archives and I didn't see it mentioned.
>

dean
2003-12-05, 12:38
Hi Todd,

If you have to hold your remote 6 inches away from your SLIMP3, then
there's something wrong with your SLIMP3 or your remote (or there's a
tremendous amount of ambient IR noise in the room.)

Is this really the range you are seeing?

-dean

On Dec 5, 2003, at 9:45 AM, Todd Fields wrote:

> I'd just like to not have to walk up to my SLIMP3 and
> hold the remote six inches away. Remote control
> issues are really the only frustrating thing about my
> SIMP3 (other than the a random drop out here or
> there.) Even when I hold it close I sometimes have to
> hit buttons twice (and, yes, I've got a fresh set of
> Energizer battaries in it.) I wish the unit had hard
> buttons on it. I'd almost rather just walk up and
> press a button on the unit itself. At least I'd know
> they'd work.
>
> Don't get me wrong. Overall I love it and wouldn't
> trade it for any other MP3 player out there. I just
> wish I'd gotten one that had the IR receiver mounted
> flush up against the front cover (at least I'm
> assuming that's the cause of my problems.)
>
>
> --- matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com wrote:
>> The showstopper for this device for me?
>>
>> IR remote.
>>
>> Maybe I'm being picky, but why would an *audio*
>> device have a remote that
>> requires line-of-sight. Why not do an RF, X10-style
>> remote?
>>
> (http://www.mousehouse.net/ha-products-4xxx.asp?id=H4500&p=details)
>> My stereo
>> is in the living room but I'd prolly do most of my
>> listening in the kitchen and
>> dining room. I don't want to have to pop into the
>> living room every time I want
>> to skip a song.
>>
>> Apologies if this has already been discussed on this
>> list, I scanned the
>> archives and I didn't see it mentioned.
>>

Robert P. Goldman
2003-12-05, 15:50
>>>>> "Todd" == Todd Fields <jtfields91 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> writes:

Todd> -- dean blackketter <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
>>> Is this really the range you are seeing?


Todd> Well that's a slight exaggeration.

Todd> I actually get very inconsistent performance from it.
Todd> My SLIMP3 is sitting on top of my television and is
Todd> about five feet in the air. When I am sitting on my
Todd> couch about eight feet away it sometimes responds fine
Todd> and other times I have to press a button several
Todd> times. Often I end up having to stand up and walk
Todd> right up to it (maybe not six inches away but fairly
Todd> close.)

Todd> It is also very uforgiving with regards to the angle.
Todd> Since it is so high in the air I usually have to hold
Todd> the remote a little above my head when I am sitting on
Todd> my couch to get it to work. Even when I am standing
Todd> fairly close to it I have to make sure I hold the
Todd> remote up and close to straight on.

Todd> I've posted this problem here before and from the
Todd> responses I got I came to the conclusion that it was
Todd> the way my IR sensor was mounted in the unit. I was
Todd> told that at one time it was mounted back even with
Todd> the display, as mine is, but that later on it was
Todd> mounted up against the cover. Mine was purchased last
Todd> May (2003) and I guess back then you guys were still
Todd> mounting it even with the display.

I have found the exact same problems with my remote. Fairly annoying.

R