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#354046 - 09/04/11 08:50 AM New remote?
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
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Hey y'all, haven't seen any remote control discussion for awhile. My Harmony 670 is trying to bite the dust (no syncing any more) and I should have a new TV assuming it survives the movers (who said "No one told us about a crate!" despite the fact it was on their paperwork that I found later...).

So what's the favored solution now below say $150? I really like the Harmony series, but they seem to have moved rather upmarket and I don't like the new physical design as much as the 670.

I also can't remember what the old remote deal sites were. Are those still around? Ray? Tom? Help me!
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#354047 - 09/04/11 08:50 AM Re: New remote? [Re: Ken.C]
Ken.C Offline
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Yes, this is a double post, since the forum crashed when I was trying to put in the original...
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#354056 - 09/04/11 11:52 AM Re: New remote? [Re: Ken.C]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4872
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I have nothing to suggest but am interested in this as well.

#354061 - 09/04/11 02:36 PM Re: New remote? [Re: terzaghi]
Joe_in_SC Offline

Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 309
Loc: Charleston, SC
One word...Harmony One. I love mine. Once you put in the initial time to set it up, it's a breeze to use. Very good WAF. Very configurable and very powerful. I even use it to dim the lights as part of the Watch a Movie routine.
I started out with nothing & I've still got most of it left
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#354068 - 09/04/11 06:00 PM Re: New remote? [Re: Joe_in_SC]
richeydog Offline

Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Fresno, CA
Ken, if you decide to go with a Harmony Remote, I can pass along a unique, one time use coupon code that allows 50% off a single item. It expires 09/06/11.

I got the code after signing up with their email subscription list.

I have no need for it so I thought I'd give it away.
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#354074 - 09/04/11 10:18 PM Re: New remote? [Re: richeydog]
Hansang Offline

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 602
Loc: New York
You probably can't go wrong with Harmony One or URC's line. Logitech is easier to program but not as functional or programmable as URC's line. If all you need to do is turn on your receiver, change the inputs, then Harmony is fine.

One drawback to URC is that they now went 100% dealer purchase only. So if you get stuck, you're on your own.

I've had Harmony 890, Harmony 900, and URC's MX900.

For me, MX900 wins hands down. But if you're very good with PCs, then you're better of with Harmony. It's not that MX900 is that hard to program, but it's harder than Harmony.

good luck.
Denon 4520, EPIC80/500/VP180 Speakers

#354086 - 09/05/11 12:30 AM Re: New remote? [Re: Hansang]
nickbuol Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5396
Loc: Marion, IA
I love our Harmony One. It is the first remote that my wife and kids could use for all of our home theater stuff without issue. It is only IR and not RF...
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#354088 - 09/05/11 01:02 AM Re: New remote? [Re: nickbuol]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
You can get a Harmony One refurb/sale for under $150 if you pick your spots.

I recently bought ANOTHER URC MX-700 off Ebay. Could not be happier.
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#354089 - 09/05/11 01:17 AM Re: New remote? [Re: tomtuttle]
oldskoolboarder Offline

Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2185
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
I think Best Buy had the Harmony One for $150 in today's Sunday ad.

Also try Logitech's refurb outlet. They had it last week for $99 w/ free shipping. I 'almost' bit but my 688 and 659 still work fine.

Edited by oldskoolboarder (09/05/11 01:18 AM)

#354094 - 09/05/11 03:14 AM Re: New remote? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
dakkon Offline

Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 1863
I have a osiris mx-350 I have had mine for about 4-5 years now. It's pretty easy to program, batteries last for several months. The LCD buttons are fully programable, you can label each button what ever you want for each device, and then sync them to what ever you want them to do.

Granted it is not as fancy as the new harmony's, but then again it doesn't eat batteries either. Simple and rugged if you will.. right now it sells for around 130$,

Also, all of the programing is stored on a nonvolatile memory chip, so even if you forget and your batteries completely die, you will not lose any of your programing. I would imagine the Harmony's save the programing the same, but i don't know for sure.

Oh, the 350 will do IR and RF.

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