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Old 09-10-07, 05:14 PM
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Good Universal Remote for HD?

Hi. Here's another question I need help on - anyone have suggestions on a fairly simple (m wife and daughters will use it more often than me) universal remote to control:

Sony Receiver
Toshiba A20 HD-DVD Player
Philips LCD TV
Playstation 3 (to be used primarily as a Blu-Ray player)
DirecTV HD-DVR

I'd appreciate any suggestions VERY much!
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I've said it before, the Harmony 880 is awesome.
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I have the Harmony 880 and like it very very much. Obviously I still need a remote for the PS3, but otherwise, it is fantastic.
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Another vote for the Harmony 880.

Initial set-up isn't necessarily simple, but once you've got it programmed it can do anything with ease.
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Nice! Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm gonna spend the $$$ on it.

So, two more questions have popped up:

1. If this remote doesn't control a PS3, is there one that does?
2. How does it control things like lights in my house?

This looks awesome - thanks again!

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PS3 uses bluetooth (thanks to Sony's brilliant insight), all remotes use RF or IR.
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Originally Posted by valkyrie
PS3 uses bluetooth (thanks to Sony's brilliant insight), all remotes use RF or IR.
Aw crud! Oh well... Anyone know about the lights?

Thanks!
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Nice! Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm gonna spend the $$$ on it.
Buy from Amazon. They have the best price by far.
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I've been contemplating getting the 880, but is there any real reason to not spend the extra $$$ and get the 890?
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Originally Posted by valkyrie
PS3 uses bluetooth (thanks to Sony's brilliant insight), all remotes use RF or IR.
I use this, which allowed me to program my 880 to to control my PS3.
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Can anyone please enlighten me about this Harmony 880? I have been searching high and low for a replacement remote that will work with my receiver, Harmon Kardon 525 which has an on-screen display. Every universal remote I've tried so far will not activate it. Does anyone think the Harmony will fit the bill? That's the only way I can turn on the back surrounds, and at the moment, they're turned off, so no EX and ES tracks for me.

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Originally Posted by trespoochies
Can anyone please enlighten me about this Harmony 880? I have been searching high and low for a replacement remote that will work with my receiver, Harmon Kardon 525 which has an on-screen display. Every universal remote I've tried so far will not activate it. Does anyone think the Harmony will fit the bill? That's the only way I can turn on the back surrounds, and at the moment, they're turned off, so no EX and ES tracks for me.
I would think so. Logitech has a user forum, I'd check with the folks there. You might also try the Remote Central forum:

http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin...rmony/list.cgi
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Keep in mind, if you don't want the color LCD and the like you can grab a lower level Harmony remote.

I love my Harmony 676 ($80 IIRC), had it for 2-3 years now. I wasn't in need of the color LCD nor did I want a recharging dock...I like using rechargeable AAAs.
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Originally Posted by bretski
I would think so. Logitech has a user forum, I'd check with the folks there. You might also try the Remote Central forum:

http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin...rmony/list.cgi
Thanks for the link Bretski. My search continues.....
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Originally Posted by trespoochies
Thanks for the link Bretski. My search continues.....
No worries. I have a Harmony 550, and I added the AVR-525 as a device to see what functions it comes up with. There were a couple that I think might solve your dilemma:

"Menu"
"SurroundChannels"
"SurroundToggle"

My guess is that last one will do what you want.

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