Files and Downloads
Reviews of the Philips Pronto Pro TSU6000 and TSU7000 are below, here are files for these remotes:
Download my Philips ProntoPro NG TSU7000 PCF file: Version 2b includes the following devices: Onkyo TX-DS939, Sony HS-51, Philips DSR6000 DirecTv TiVo (code sets 0, 1, and 2), Hughes HR10-250 High Definition DirecTv TiVo (code sets 0, 1, and 2), Velodyne HGS 15 subwoofer, Microsoft Xbox, Windows Media Center Edition 2005, TheaterTek DVD, JVC 830u VCR, Toshiba SD2108 DVD Player, Marantz VPL-12s1 Projector, Toshiba CX35f60 35″ Television.
Download my Philips ProntoPro TSU6000 CCF file: Version 8 Includes the following devices: Onkyo TX-DS939, Philips DSR6000 DirecTv TiVo (code set 0), Velodyne HGS 15 subwoofer, Microsoft Xbox, JVC 830u VCR, Toshiba SD2108 DVD Player, Marantz VPL-12s1 Projector, Toshiba CX35f60 35″ Television.
Download my Sony VPL-HS51 / VPL-HS50 PCF file: (Requires ProntoProEdit NG 2.0 or later.) Contains all discrete remote control commands, many of which were not previously documented (hue, sharpness, color, status on / off / show, DDE toggle, picture mute toggle, etc.). Also contains the entire 256 code command set from which the new commands were found. (Code set created using MakeHex and IRPanels, see this thread on RemoteCentral for details.)
Download the 256 color pallet for ProntoProEdit: This pallet is used for creating full color icons in Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or many other image editing programs. Otherwise, use the 215 color web-safe pallet. (Note: Pronto Edit and the Pronto emulator will not show all 256 colors. However, the Tonto editor and the ProntoPro remote display all 256.)
Quick Review: Philips ProntoPro NG TSU7000
The screen on this remote is absolutely beautiful. I was very impressed by the appearance of this remote as soon as I started using it. ProntoProNG Edit was very similar to previous versions and I had a working PCF file after after about an hour of importing and editing my older 6000 CCF file. However, there were some minor annoyances that I found about the 7000 that were not issues with the 6000. Here a list of the good and bad:
Improvement Highlights of the 7000 over the 6000:
- Much better high color screen with no banding (64,000 colors vs. 256 colors on the 6000)
- More hard buttons
- Alpha transparency and PNG image support for images and soft button on the screen for see-through effects
- A ‘back’ command to send you to whichever screen you were previously using
- Fully-editable screen, even the info/status section along the top
Page jumps are faster
- Buttons can now have multiple lines of text
- Other various improvements have been incorporated with subsequent firmware updates, such as better RF support, command duration timers, and Windows Media Center “toggle key” remote support
Weaknesses of the 7000 as compared to the 6000:
- The 9 buttons along the edge of the screen are quite difficult to distinguish from one another. It is difficult to use these 9 buttons without looking at the remote, which is difficult in the dark. This can be fixed by gluing pin heads to the top of the buttons (see this how-to), but why should you have to modify something you just spent several hundred dollars on?
- The button backlight does not automatically illuminate. As stated before, the buttons are a little difficult to distinguish from one another by feel alone, as would be the case in a dark theater room. The only way to illuminate the button backlight is to press the button on the side of the remote. The 6000 did not have this problem nor does the new Marantz RC9500.
- The pickup sensor can’t be fully configured to wake up the screen, the button backlights, both, or neither.
Quick Review: Philips ProntoPro TSU6000
For the past several years, my remote of choice has been a Philips Pronto. I started with the original TSU-1000 and upgraded to a ProntoPro TSU6000. The color screen, the pickup sensor, the RF base station, and the additional hard buttons are great improvements over the original version. However, I do wish I had gotten the Marantz 9200 because of the additional hard buttons, the programmable ‘back to previous page’ command, and the fact that more of the screen space can be used for user-edited buttons. If fact, I think I still prefer the Marantz 9200 over the quirky new ProntoPro TSU7000 except for it having fewer hard buttons.
Visit the RemoteCentral file download section to older versions of my CCF or to search for other component files.
Visit the official Philips Pronto website for Pronto Edit software and firmware updates.
Visit the Tonto Project CCF editor website. This alternative editor to ProntoEdit that works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) and has a few additional features not found in ProntoEdit. (Note: This project is no longer active.)
DIY NiMH Battery Pack Replacement
I attempted to replace the NiMH AAA batteries within my ProntoPro battery pack. Unfortunately, I was unable to get the battery pack to work with the ProntoPro, perhaps due to it producing lower voltage than the Philips battery pack. However, fully-functional extended batteries are available from ProntoWizard.com. Do NOT order from ProntoBattery dot com because of multiple fraud reports.
Instead of making your own battery pack, I recommend just buying one. If you want some general instructions for building your own, check out my (partially successful) Pronto Battery Assembly Guide.