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#303053 - 04/23/10 09:48 PM Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater?
Dduval Offline
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Just wondering anyone's opinion who has and uses the Harmony One remote.

I just got one today with the Harmony PS3 adapter. Took me about 15 minutes to program and I got rid of my cable remote, AVR remote, TV remote, PS3 Controller & Xbox 360 controller.

Still learning it, but so far seems awesome. I had no idea the capabilities of these remotes.

Has anyone got rid of 4 or 5 remotes with the Harmony? Any tricks I should know?

Thx, Dana
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#303057 - 04/23/10 10:29 PM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Dduval]
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I've got the Harmony One and do like it...especially for turning everything on initially, and for powering everything off. In my case, I haven't gotten rid of all of other remotes. I have a Tivo Series 3, and I must admit it has an exceptionally well designed remote. If it's close by, I still find myself (even after a year or so) grabbing the Tivo remote to do common functions because, well, it's a tad quicker in response. Setting the One to minimum possible delay still isn't as quick as the original remote. It may not bother some, but I notice it.

It's excellent for switching sources when going from TV watching to gaming to music listening, etc., but I still find myself sometimes grabbing the original remotes for certain functions as it just seems easier than going thru several screens on the One. I have no WAF to deal with, so several remotes on the couch is no issue! \:D
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#303061 - 04/23/10 10:45 PM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Spoiler]
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Spend some time looking into remotecentral.com, there are some good tips and tricks there. You can download some icons to use for special channels etc. I haven't done it yet but will when winter comes around later this year and I spend more time inside.

http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-harmony/thread.cgi?6436
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#303082 - 04/24/10 02:16 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: jakewash]
HomeDad Offline
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I've got one and love it. It got rid of all my remotes.
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#303085 - 04/24/10 02:46 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: HomeDad]
Dduval Offline
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Cool, Thanks for the link Jay!

Dana
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#303087 - 04/24/10 06:21 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Dduval]
Joe_in_SC Offline
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I've had mine for over a year and I love it. So far, I haven't found anything it can't do to replace other remotes. I even use it to dim the lights. Very easy to program, high WAF. For the money, it's just about the best remote you can get.
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#303090 - 04/24/10 07:23 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Joe_in_SC]
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We absolutely love the Harmony One. For me, it does everything that I need it to in one remote, and for my wife and kids, they love the "touch one button and everything works" part of it. Sure other remotes do the same, but this is the one I have and it works perfect. Before, I used to get phone calls if I wasn't home and someone wanted to watch TV or a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD... "What do I put the projector on?" "What does the receiver need to be on?" etc. Now, I don't get those calls and I don't miss them either.
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#303091 - 04/24/10 08:02 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Dduval]
cb919 Offline
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Hey Dana,
I second all of the positive opinions on the Harmony's. I have the One and I also setup the RF model for my in-laws HT. Without it they would not be able to watch a movie by themselves

Tips and tricks? First off make sure you make use of discrete power on & off commands wherever possible. Some device remotes only have a power toggle on the original remote even though the device may accept discrete codes. This will greatly help keep everything in sync. Just check the commands available for your components in the Harmony database.

The other trick I use is to program certain functions onto the hard buttons rather than use the screen. For example, when in 'watch movie' activity, the channel up/down and return buttons are not really used or needed. So I use the 'return' button to go cycle into my channel level control menu and then channel up/down can bump or down each level. That way I easily adjust my center channel as needed without having to flip pages on the touchscreen.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,
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#303097 - 04/24/10 09:37 AM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: cb919]
Dduval Offline
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 Originally Posted By: cb919
Hey Dana,
The other trick I use is to program certain functions onto the hard buttons rather than use the screen. For example, when in 'watch movie' activity, the channel up/down and return buttons are not really used or needed. So I use the 'return' button to go cycle into my channel level control menu and then channel up/down can bump or down each level. That way I easily adjust my center channel as needed without having to flip pages on the touchscreen.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,


Yes, that does help a lot!
The PS3 adapter is really nice as well. I have all my music cd's ripped to lossless flac on my pc. Using my PS3 to stream them. I hated using the PS3 controller.

It's funny...it's gonna be so much easier to just come home from work and hit one button to crank out the tunes. I can't believe before this, I had to grab a remote, turn on the TV, grab another, turn on the AVR, grab another, turn on the PS3, then push a button to set the AVR input, grab the other remote & push a button to change HDMI inputs on the TV, and on, and on, and on...

Thanks for the tips all! It'll be fun today fine tuning all the programming...


Dana
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#303169 - 04/24/10 08:37 PM Re: Who has Harmony One for Their Home Theater? [Re: Dduval]
PhillipD Offline
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Registered: 01/19/10
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I do not have a One but I do have the older 880 and it is a power house, I have replaced 9 remots with mine LOL and I have all my lighting controled threw it as well. I like the looks I get when some one comes over for the first time and I hit one button and everything turns on, the movie screen drops and then the lights dim to scene one. I push play and the room darkens, they need to pee and I pause the movie and the pot lights come ou just enought to light the way as to not trip. I have bee thinking about replacing mine with a one but I really have no need.

Once you get it dialed in it is great.

Later
Phil

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