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#282585 - 12/15/09 10:51 PM Universal Remote
dapman Offline

Registered: 10/21/06
Posts: 33
I have finished upgrading my system and have been enjoying it but having all these remotes is a little much. What would you recomend for a universal remote? I know denon has the 7000ci but it is expensive, is there anything else that will do the job.



#282589 - 12/15/09 11:52 PM Re: Universal Remote [Re: dapman]
Hansang Offline

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 602
Loc: New York
For me, it's URC MX900 with MRF350 RF extension. There's really nothing I can't do with this remote!
Denon 4520, EPIC80/500/VP180 Speakers

#282596 - 12/16/09 01:23 AM Re: Universal Remote [Re: Hansang]
HomeDad Offline

Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I have the Logitech Harmony One and really like it.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

#282604 - 12/16/09 04:44 AM Re: Universal Remote [Re: HomeDad]
mpyw Offline

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 288
Loc: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Am using a cheap URC RF20 with RF extension.
Macro is a bit tricky but all basic function are there and most importantly, my wife loves it :p

#282611 - 12/16/09 05:55 AM Re: Universal Remote [Re: dapman]
EFalardeau Offline

Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3400
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
There are two major directions you may want to go:
1. pure IR remote (need to point at equipment) or
2. RF/IR remote where a repeater is used (and usually hidden) and the remote is communicating using RF so you can control from anywhere and without pointing to the devices (it becomes important if you have a lot of equipment to coordinate), but they are more expensive

Once you decide which road you want to follow, it will become much easier to select the final models.

I use a Harmony 890 with two IR repeaters and so far it has not let me down.
E = MC2 = ((2M80 + VP180 + 4QS8)/(EP800 + EP500))^(ADA1500 x D2v)

#282617 - 12/16/09 07:55 AM Re: Universal Remote [Re: EFalardeau]
Argon Offline

Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
I have the Harmony 880. It does everything that I need. Just this past weekend I figured out how to rearrange the device commands to get the ones I use most often up on the first page or two. I also eliminated the ones that I never use like the XM commands. The best part is that it is 10+++ on the WAF scale.
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" Churchill

#282641 - 12/16/09 11:31 AM Re: Universal Remote [Re: Argon]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
I'm a fan of the URC MX-nnn series. I like being able to program them on the computer and then download the exact macro sequence I want.
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#282647 - 12/16/09 12:17 PM Re: Universal Remote [Re: tomtuttle]
Sloped Offline

Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 110
Loc: Fonthill
I've had a great deal of success with both the Harmony 890 (RF repeater) and the the Harmony 880 (IR point and shoot).

Highly recommend and WAF is very very high.
HG Cherry M60's,VP150,Qs8's,EP350

#282657 - 12/16/09 12:59 PM Re: Universal Remote [Re: Sloped]
Argon Offline

Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
The Harmony model is Activity Based. It is also set up on your computer. The WAF comes in that all my activities are named like "Watch DVD" or "Watch TV". Behind the scenes I have set each activity up to turn on which ever device needs to be on and use the AVR for volume control. You can also access menus for each device and you can set them up however you want as well. IF something goes wrong, there is a help button that straightens out almost any misfire. About the only way for it to misfire is if you point the remote (the 880 must be pointed at the devices for direct line of sight IR) away from the devices before it has actually issued the command. This comes into play with special instructions like "Issue Dolby PLII Command" My wife says it is the best piece of equipment that we own.
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" Churchill

#282673 - 12/16/09 03:09 PM Re: Universal Remote [Re: Argon]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10420
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
 Originally Posted By: Argon
My wife says it is the best piece of equipment that we own.
Naw..... too easy ;\)
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