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The Monster Central Home Theater and Lighting Controller 300 (yes, that is the entire name) is a $600 uber-remote. Similar to a nice Logitech Harmony, you program devices via the web. Users can setup one-button theater modes and customize the menu display for each member in your household.

But Monster's biggest claim is their "activity-based control", which is essentially a fancy name for lighting controls. Now, one-button theater setup can include dimming the lights, which will really get her in the mood before you watch A Knight's Tale for the 30,000th time. Because the remote uses RF frequencies, you can control lighting and media devices throughout your entire home (as long as they are hooked up to Monster dimmers and switches). Wow, Monster may have invented something noteworthy other than a bajillion dollar cable.


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