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#121926 - 01/25/06 09:36 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
Wid Offline
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I think I have a very good sense of what is likely the most suitable equipment




That would be?
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#121927 - 01/25/06 10:19 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
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Rick:
You just want to hear that the Onkyo that you recommended is on that list.... and it is!

I think the Infinitys sounded like a good option....(though that was especially true when they were on sale before 12/31 AND you got an add'l speaker when you spent over $300). The whole setup would have been pretty cheap and I'm sure would have sufficed for them.

I think SonicFox's recommendation of the Harmony 676 was a good one, and Ray's suggestion for a Pannie Commercial plasma mad sense. I haven't checked into the plasmas heavily yet, but I have two broadcast dealers in town that give me extremely competitive pricing. My parents don't need a tuner or speakers.

I'm also thinking that their current living room system should be replaced. It consists of a 10-year old Panasonic 27", some Radio Shack Minimus speakers that I had lying around driven by a Sherwood receiver that I just bought them (Stereo only, just to improve the clarity over the TV's speaker for my mom's hearing issues), a separate DVD player and a separate VCR. It's not enough system for my dad, and too complicated for my mom.

So I'm considering a 27" TV/VCR/DVD combo unit with a powered speaker (like this Anchor) attached so there's nothing additional to turn on, or to switch inputs, etc. Dad gets a more capable system, mom gets a simpler one. As I said, they don't often watch TV together!!!
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#121928 - 01/25/06 10:37 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
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I have the Harmony 659 and really love it. The only problem is the the play, rewind, ff, rew, etc. are located on the bottom. That may or maynot require the need for two hands. It may be a problem with health concerns.

Other than that, the remote rocks. It really works at keeping the other remotes away and the easy setup online make it even better.

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#121929 - 01/25/06 11:24 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
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The 680 has the best layout that I've seen on the Harmonys, with the transport buttons in the middle and well spaced (unlike the 880 and 980).
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#121930 - 01/25/06 11:40 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
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I was just at the Harmony website looking at their remotes. Right now I have a Sony piece of **** remote that the wife can't stand. I am seriously considering one but don't want to give an arm and a leg for one. What would you guys recommend and where should I look for the best price.
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#121931 - 01/25/06 11:46 AM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts!
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E-bay has great prices on the Harmony's. Bought three there. The Harmony in my wifes opinion is greatest thing that has ever happened in electronics, her and the kids can actually turn on the TV now.
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#401977 - 03/17/14 03:31 PM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Mark is taking his home theater in another direction.



Edited by tomtuttle (03/17/14 03:32 PM)
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#401979 - 03/17/14 03:50 PM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I bet that sounds AWESOME!
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#401980 - 03/17/14 03:51 PM Re: My Mother (and Father) of All Posts! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Boy, this thread brings me back..... !

And how come there are no Bose speakers in that photo?
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