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Old 10-04-05, 11:58 AM
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Anyone have a Harmony 520 Advanced Universal Remote

Looking for a universal remote and this seems to have all the features I want

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/pr...ONTENTID=10929


I think the difference between this and the 600 series is just the amount of devices it controls

anyone have this one? like it or dislike it?
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Old 10-05-05, 04:43 PM
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IHMO avoid the Harmony series like the plague. It's my understand the only way to program them is by logging into their website, doing the programming there and then downloading it into the remote[1]. On the plus side this does make programming a lot easier since it's theoretically a couple of clicks and it's programmed (not to mention the config is saved so if there is a problem w/ the remote it should be easy to restore). On the downside you've got the hassle of hooking it up to the computer, registering an account and depending upon your tinfoil hat quotient they have a record of your entire entertainment system now. On the more practical downside if you have any custom components or want anything usual (on other learning remotes for example since you can assign anything to any button you can do all sorts of custom things) I don't believe you can do it w/ this. Actually I didn't get even that far w/ the 880 I tried since the website was convoluted enough IMHO (read wouldn't let me do what I wanted to do ) I just gave up on it and returned the thing.

So I guess if you don't mind the whole online thing and want a quick/user friendly remote then it might not be too bad. If you want the ability to do a more custom setup look at the Sony (bulky, limited customization wrt the LCD but I've never had a problem w/ them) or the Phillips Pronto (complete customization wrt the LCD from what I understand, programming is definately more complex though - this is just based on what I've read though, my first Pronto is in the mail as we're speaking ).


[1] I noticed this one has a "learning port" but speaking w/ the Harmony tech support people it's my understanding that this is only for use in the context of establishing a new profile for the website, so you can't do any local programming. I could be wrong and maybe that doesn't apply to this specific version but the feeling I was getting is that it is that way for the entire Harmony line.

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Old 10-05-05, 05:27 PM
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I have a Harmony and love it. Previously used Sony Universals and tried a One for all with JP1 connection. NOTHING beats the simplicity of the harmonies for setting up and using. Heck I dont have to leave instructions for the babysitters anymore. Granted it gives me less control over macros but Im over that I can do everything I need to do and the less used special commands can still be done just not with a macro, no biggie.
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Old 10-05-05, 06:56 PM
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thanks guys

nemein... the whole d/l instructions via website is actually a plus for me
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Old 10-11-05, 07:47 PM
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Was looking at getting one of these after seeing it. The looks actually look really nice and the cost is good. I will need to see what I get them for at work first before I run out and get one of these, but the price is right. I don't get too into macros and stuff with my old remotes so that is something I don't really need, but just the ease of not needing to power on a bunch of components without using a bunch of remotes is all I need.
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Old 10-11-05, 09:53 PM
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where did you see it? having the hardest time finding it in a store
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Old 10-12-05, 07:45 PM
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Well , i "saw" it via a minireview and the logitech website. There is a list of all the walmarts that stock it on the logitech site.
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Old 10-13-05, 11:06 AM
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Well , i "saw" it via a minireview and the logitech website. There is a list of all the walmarts that stock it on the logitech site.

yeah.. me too.. the walmart i think is mentioned on the list doesn't have it
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Old 10-13-05, 10:19 PM
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well , my local super walmart is not on the list, but just got redone, so maybe they willl get it anyway. Worth the checkin I guess.
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Old 10-16-05, 09:03 PM
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Ahh... ended up at work ... getting the 676.
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Old 10-17-05, 07:04 PM
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Just checked on walmart.com and it is in stock.. might hold out a few days to see if it shows up in my store to avoid shipping
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