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Re: Universal Remote
jakewash #282681 12/16/09 09:04 PM
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Thanks, Rob. For some reason, I thought that all but the top model Harmony units used web-based programming or something. Since the backlight finally gave out after five+ years on my MX-700, might have to look into a Harmony.


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tomtuttle #282685 12/16/09 09:26 PM
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Well, it is web based programming, but they have a front end they hook into the web stuff. Pretty easy to use, but not quite as flexible as I might like.


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Ken.C #282696 12/16/09 10:26 PM
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+1 for the Harmony One. Have one. Love it. Would buy another.

My only complaint is a recent one; the original battery is about 18 months old and is starting to wane. It'll only go about one good afternoon's worth of music and/or DVR watching before needing to be recharged. I see that replacements are only $20-$30 online, so I'm not too upset.

Everything else about the remote still works as-new. 18 months later and all of the buttons are still as crisp and responsive as they were the day I unpacked it. No problems with the display or IR sensitivity either, even after being dropped onto the hardwood floor a couple of times.

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Well, it is web based programming, but they have a front end they hook into the web stuff. Pretty easy to use, but not quite as flexible as I might like.


The web programming is a bit quirky. But one benefit of it is that if you need help, you can call Logitech and their support people can set up devices and/or reprogram buttons on your remote via that web portal. With your permission, they can access your account and make changes for you. Kinda neat, if you need it.


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PeterChenoweth #282701 12/16/09 10:48 PM
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Wow, really? If I can get them to add independant ff and rewind buttons for my DVD changer, that would be awesome. Freakin' Yamaha.


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Re: Universal Remote
Ken.C #282702 12/16/09 11:01 PM
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Another vote for the Harmony One. I upgraded from the Harmony 880, which did everything just fine. The One adds a touch screen which my wife thinks is very cool.


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Joe_in_SC #282705 12/16/09 11:23 PM
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There's no doubt Harmony is easy to program. I have the 890 model. But you pay for that simplicity. For example, you can't have extensive macro's. With my MX900, I have a macro that deletes programs from my DVR. It takes 8 or nine clicks (list, navigate, select, delete, confirm, go back etc...)

With Harmony, I'm at the mercy of Logitech to provide an update. while that's true for URC as well, I can just learn the RF if I want to. That's what I did with on the MX900 for my Oppo until the update came out.

I also don't like the rechargeable batteries. The MX lasts for months before I have to replace it, so it's not a big deal for me.

If you like simplicity, get the Harmony. If you want more flexibility, get the URC line.


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Re: Universal Remote
Hansang #282761 12/17/09 03:41 PM
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I have a URC300 with an RF base station. I went URC for the ability to customize macros to a deeper level but I normally recommend Harmonys to other people for their much easier setup.


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Murph #282795 12/17/09 06:22 PM
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Harmony and URC (MX Series) are the usual horses mentioned in this race.

Having used both, I MUCH prefer the URC - more flexible, more powerful (programming and macros on your PC). The downside is learning the programming and the time it takes; the upside is the end result.

The Harmony - simpler to set up and the choice to make if you aren't interested in the extensive tweaking available with the URC units.

The good news - no wrong choice between them.

As an aside, Jack (Ajax), myself and the multitudes we have sent there have had good luck with surfremotecontrol.com (ask for Mike). Ignore the prices on the website and ask for the "open box" units. Great pricing, authorized dealer and always there to answer questions. And no, no connection to the place - just satisfied customers.

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Ray3 #282796 12/17/09 06:40 PM
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Here is another good place for info and files for programable remotes

http://www.remotecentral.com/files/index.html


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Re: Universal Remote
jakewash #282902 12/18/09 02:00 PM
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Mine came from Remote Central as well. As did a lot of learning at the time.


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