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Old 12-27-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a remote to control my home theater system. The components to control are as follows:

Sharp 37" 1080p tv
Samsung upconvert DVD player (Divx support)
Sony Blu-ray player
Sage TV HD set top box
Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player (cheap movies after the fall of HD, couldnt resist)

and a future upgrade of an Onkyo Receiver, but I havent decided on the model and speaker set yet.

I found that the Harmony series remotes will setup everything rather conveniently but I really do not like the event based control of "watch a DVD" or other pre-programmed set of commands. So my question is can I use the Harmony remote like a standard universal remote where I select which component to control, and can control it as I please, or am I locked into the event based control?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:41 PM   #2
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I have a Harmony 880 (Love it!)

had to get it because of the LCD display, so my wife can figure out whats going on!


...anyways, there is an "Activity" button to control the different activities...but there is also a "Device" button for complete control over specific devices in your system.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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also you can re-name activities...

"Watch a DVD" for me is now "Bluray/DVD"
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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also you can re-name activities...

"Watch a DVD" for me is now "Bluray/DVD"
I have two for my PS3, one for Blu-rays and one for listening to mp3s in 7ch surround: PS3 Movies and PS3 Music.

OP, to answer your question, the Harmony remotes are FULLY customizable to your liking. You can program the 'Activities' to do anything you desire, to include putting the television on your favorite station when you select Watch TV.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:50 PM   #5
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I have a Harmony 676 and I have loved every minute of it. The remotes do have a learning curve once you get it because it is not like anything else. Once you do get the curve, you can program it to do mainly anything you want. Get one now. Run don't walk.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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I have two for my PS3, one for Blu-rays and one for listening to mp3s in 7ch surround: PS3 Movies and PS3 Music.

OP, to answer your question, the Harmony remotes are FULLY customizable to your liking. You can program the 'Activities' to do anything you desire, to include putting the television on your favorite station when you select Watch TV.
So that being said...the remote can control things such as stereo mode and multichannel mode on the receiver as well??? like in your example above...when you set it to PS3 movies---it sets your receiver to the listening mode of ur choice????
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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I got given a harmony control for xmas by my uncle, and have spent a good 2 hours sorting it out, and i think its the best universal remote i have ever owned.

Fully recommend it, especialy for the touch screen control. which is where you find the the control for each device added, the only device i can't have is he PS3 because its bluetooth control not IR.

But it means i've gone from 6 remotes to 2!!!!!!
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:05 PM   #8
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i went with the 1000, no regrets


built in rf!!!
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:15 PM   #9
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I have the 880 and I do love it. Only remote I need. It does take a few hours to get everything set up exactly the way you want it but it is great once it is. You should have no worries about getting one. well worth the money.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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I'm also throwing this idea around, and I'm leaning towards the One. Thought the idea of touch screen remote would be problematic, but others are swaying that way anyways. Whoa, say that last part quick...
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:19 PM   #11
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I'm also throwing this idea around, and I'm leaning towards the One. Thought the idea of touch screen remote would be problematic, but others are swaying that way anyways. Whoa, say that last part quick...
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:23 PM   #12
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I just got the one, but I haven't done anything to it outside the auto-setup - gonna have to spend a day or so programming EVERYTHING I can possibly imagine into this dang thing...


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Old 12-27-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:35 PM   #14
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So that being said...the remote can control things such as stereo mode and multichannel mode on the receiver as well??? like in your example above...when you set it to PS3 movies---it sets your receiver to the listening mode of ur choice????
Yes. Absolutely. Not only that, and this usually isn't the case, but if by chance the Harmony software isn't able to locate a certain button for a certain device, you can make the remote 'learn' the command and name the learned button anything you want. I had to do this with the 'Scene' buttons for my Yamaha receiver, but it was incredibly easy. Feel free to contact their customer service also. They're very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:37 PM   #15
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do these even program to directv??
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:41 PM   #16
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do these even program to directv??
yep I have the HR21 HD DVR and it will work just fine with my 880. you have to program a few buttons of course.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:54 PM   #17
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yep I have the HR21 HD DVR and it will work just fine with my 880. you have to program a few buttons of course.
how do you know the model number? i looked on the box and couldnt find it. i have the newest HD DVR.

also, is the harmony One just an upgrade from the 880?! looks like the only difference is the touch screen?
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I have a Harmony 880 (Love it!)

had to get it because of the LCD display, so my wife can figure out whats going on!


...anyways, there is an "Activity" button to control the different activities...but there is also a "Device" button for complete control over specific devices in your system.

.....also you can re-name activities...

"Watch a DVD" for me is now "Bluray/DVD"
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:11 PM   #19
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I have 2 of the 688's and they are great. They work with everything.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:21 PM   #20
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I upgraded from the 880 about 3 months ago as I have big hands, and found the buttons to be a little on the small side, The one has better buttonsand I like it much better, but I am gonna list it on Ebay today to sell as my really dig the remote that came wit my new receiver that I got myself for X-Mas, while it does not bo everything the Harmony one does, while I am learnig it I might as well go all the way. but I must say that the ONE is a great remote.
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