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Get your home theater system under control

Forget having to sift through a pile of remotes just to watch TV. With the R40 from Universal, you can control up to eighteen different components with just a single remote. This versatile clicker lets you string together several commands into a one-button operation known as a "macro" — such as having one command that turns on your TV, DVD player and surround sound system, all in the proper sequence to watch a movie. The remote's SimpleSound feature lets you control the volume for your entire system with one command — even if some of the components have their own volume control.

User-friendly design

The UCR-R40 is ergonomically designed, so it fits naturally in your hand. Plus, the control buttons are grouped to make operation simple and intuitive. The bright OLED display makes it easy to read and scroll through your command menus, and you can even customize the text labels it displays.

Make TV viewing easy again

The remote can remember up to 48 TV channels. Four color-coded button group your favorites by sports, music, movies and news. Within each category you can have up to eight groups each consisting of up to six channels. So your favorite channel is never more than a few clicks away.

Simple setup

The URC-R40 comes preprogrammed with thousands of remote codes from different manufacturers. An on-screen setup guide helps you step-by-step through the process. This is also a "learning" remote, so you can copy commands directly into it from your old remotes into it.

Product Highlights:

  • macros (up to 225 steps each)
  • learns the IR codes from existing remote controls
  • pre-loaded with thousands of manufacturer codes
  • SimpleSound provides total volume control of all components in system
  • access up to 48 favorite TV channels with color icons
  • 4 favorite TV channel group buttons: sports, news, movies and music
  • on-screen setup wizard
  • can operate up to 18 devices
  • illuminated keypad
  • ergonomic design with button clusters grouped for convenient use
  • requires 4 "AA" alkaline batteries (included)
  • 2-1/8"W x 8-5/8"H x 1-1/8"D
  • weight: 8.8 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Universal URC-R40 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review

Sufficient device

Written by: Donald from District Hts, MD on May 18, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well, but a bit difficult to program.

Pros: Price

Cons: Programming

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Universal remote control
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

Product Research


IR Remote: The URC-R40 universal remote control has an IR (infrared) range of 30' to 50'.

OLED w/ Illuminated Buttons: The URC-R40 remote features a bright, color 1.5" OLED (128 x 128) and all buttons light up for use in dimly lit rooms.

On-Screen Wizard: The URC-40 also features an on-screen wizard for quick and easy set-up. You can organize your favorite channels into groups of Movies, News, Sports and Music. Each group has its own labeled button. Also, each group has two pages of graphic icons, arranged six to a page, for a total of 48 Favorites.

Program/Learning Compatible: The URC-40 remote is preprogrammed and learning capable; that mean that it sets up quickly and can "learn" commands from newer & older remotes. The remote can learn up to 1,500 IR commands (15-460kHz). You can program and control up to 18 A/V components.

Note: It features a non-volatile 32MB flash memory to save your programmed components, commands, and macros.

Macros: The URC-40 can program and run Macros; a series of commands all triggered by a single button press. Now you can turn on your flat-panel TV, start your Blu-ray player, activate your home theater
receiver, switch everything to the right inputs, and player your favorite movie - all by pressing just one button. The remote supports up to 15,000 macros with up to 255 steps each.

Battery Powered: The remote is powered by four "AA" Alkaline batteries (included). The remote also has a low battery warning feature.

Sofa Mode: If a button is pressed too long, like when it's beneath a sofa cushion, the remote powers down (after 30 seconds) to prevent accidental battery drain.

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