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#268144 2-Mar-2020 09:34
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So I've kept a Harmony 525 IR remote going for many years and been through a few hardware bodies a few times.


Latest one has some issues, so time to replace again.




What's the vibe out there nowadays?

Should I grab another 525 (will all be second hand now) or is there something else going along these lines now?

Since getting Sony android TV and ditching TiVo, we're down to just 3 devices now anyway, TV - old school Onkyo receiver and Xbox One S.
Had wondered about doing the IR blaster thing and integrating with Alexa, but not sure how often I'd actually use that!

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  #2429902 2-Mar-2020 09:46
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We have a Harmony650 in the bedroom, and it's great.


Not rechargeable, but I've had it probably 5 years now, and replaced the batteries maybe three times (I actually think it's only twice, but even if I had to do it annually it's OK).


The 650 is useful as it can map the unusual buttons to the screen, but if you have original remotes that don't have unusual buttons or functions, the Harmony 350 might do the trick for you.

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  #2430012 2-Mar-2020 11:32
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Or get a new receiver with ARC and HDMI CEC and just use the TV remote. I gave up on Harmony remotes a few years ago once I discovered how well HDMI CEC works, I have Apple TV plugged into a Receiver, plugged into a Sony TV. I control the whole lot with the Apple TV remote. All this over a 15mtr optical HDMI cable with the receiver and Apple TV in another room.

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