Yes new remote comes with upgrade. It is a 30 button remote allowing you to do everything from the remote that you do from the front panel.
When I did the SP-1 to 1.7 upgrade I had to pay $275 (CDN) extra for the new remote. I'm not sure if that is still the case. I just wanted to bring it to thxultra's attention. In any case the new remote is essential.
When I did the upgrade, my dealer said I had to return my SP-1 remote to the factory. When I got my SP-1.7 back, to my surprise the old SP-1 remote was in the box. I rarely use the old remote, but it has developed a problem with the backlight flashing when I pick it up.
James, is the old remote still under warranty ?