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# 36723 1-Jul-2009 08:59
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Hi


Time has come to clear the clutter


1st are universal remotes any good


2nd my mess consists of 47'lg LCD
RXV?? yamaha amp 5 years old will be replaced early next year

Pioneer dvd player 

sky digital will be myski hd for xmas

velodyne sub woofi

panasonic dvd hd recorder



What would if it even exists be the solution to the above


Thanking you 

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  # 229786 1-Jul-2009 09:18
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Have a look here

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/&cl=us,en

I would not be without one now. Neither would be the rest of the family. In fact my son was complaining last weekend why we don't have one for the second TV.







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  # 229790 1-Jul-2009 09:31
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Quite a few Geekzoners have Logitech universal remote solutions. I have a model 785 which is indispensable. The only downside is that when people come to stay they need a quick tutorial on its use so they don't get all messed up.

When it comes down to it though, if it ever broke i'd be buying a new one the same day to replace it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 229794 1-Jul-2009 09:43
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I agree with the Nety and Disrespective, I have a Logitech 785 and it is excellent. Well worth it and would also not hesitate in getting another if needed to.

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  # 229796 1-Jul-2009 09:45
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I recently bought the Harmony 785. I haven't had time to fully sort it out yet, but I've heard good things and once you get the commands sorted it should work great. It's activity based so you "Watch a DVD" instead of going through all the individual commands. On the downside, the screen is not as good as it looks in the picture, the backlight is too strong/too low contrast or something. Not sure if it's just mine but I didn't really expect a top quality display on this model.

Also, I haven't been able to find perfect codes for my equipment yet but maybe I just need to try harder. I'm hoping I'll be able to use discrete codes for input selection on my TV for instance.

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  # 229802 1-Jul-2009 09:54
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Any Harmony Remote.
Simple as that.



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  # 229819 1-Jul-2009 10:10
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Cheers for all the insite

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  # 229823 1-Jul-2009 10:15
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I use the entry level Harmony 525, and it's great. I even use it to drive a second set of av kit in the bedroom. One set of activities/devices configured for the living room, another for the bedroom.

They are cheap too - $99 at DSE right now: http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a4a8e0b01b4481a273fc0a87f3b0682/Product/View/G1328







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  # 229825 1-Jul-2009 10:18
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I have Harmony 880, and looking to get Harmony One.

Read my review on my 880. You can sign up as member to Harmony Remote member site and configure your systems up, even before you got an actual Harmony Remote. Then when you got the one you like, you just add the remote and it will pair up.

The desktop client software is just the desktop client with the gut/application driven from the web (which is where the above link). So if you can't get to desktop client, the use the web interface to configure etc. The web client version have ActiveX (I think) that you can configure and update your remote too.

Desktop client have nice icons but functionality are similar anyhow.




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  # 229832 1-Jul-2009 10:28
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I don't think you can do that, because I tried before I got my remote and I wasn't able to get past the first step (connect your remote)? Maybe I missed something?

P.S. Anyone else with a 785 find the screen quality not the best?

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  # 229855 1-Jul-2009 11:10
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I can recommend Harmony remotes as above. I use the 1000i. They are easy to use, but be prepared to put in a fair bit of work (hours) on the internet-based setup to get the remote operating how you want it.

When you go to a new amp look for one that has cec hdmi linkage that way the TV can control some of the receiver functions (on/off, volume etc).




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  # 229863 1-Jul-2009 11:24
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It is a pain now, if you have multiple remotes, you will have to create different account for each remote. :-/




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  # 229898 1-Jul-2009 12:17
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+1 for Logitech Harmony remotes. Got an 880 as well and apart from the paint being scratched on the OK button from normal use, it's great.
chiefie: It is a pain now, if you have multiple remotes, you will have to create different account for each remote. :-/

Only downside I can think of. Real pain to have to create multiple accounts.




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  # 229916 1-Jul-2009 12:46
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Another vote here for the Logitech Harmony range.  I've had the 785 model for a couple of years, and I can't fault it.  I recently upgraded our TV, and it only took a few minutes to initially configure it to handle the new TV (followed by a bit longer to get it behaving perfectly - adjustment of device response timings, button functions etc).

Have bought a second one (again the 785) to use on the replaced TV which has been moved elsewhere.

It's great having the docking cradle and being rechargeable - no more replacing batteries!

Edit:

bazzer: I don't think you can do that, because I tried before I got my remote and I wasn't able to get past the first step (connect your remote)? Maybe I missed something?

P.S. Anyone else with a 785 find the screen quality not the best?


No issues with the screen on mine, although thinking about it the screen is quite bright when the room's completely dark, but it certainly helps make it visible in normal daylight conditions.

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  # 229929 1-Jul-2009 13:17
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For example, I put a black picture in the slideshow but it comes across more grey than anything. Also, the image is not overly consistent. It's a bit brighter towards the edges I think? Maybe I'm just fussy. In general, it is pretty good.

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  # 229933 1-Jul-2009 13:38
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They got passive LCD screens, hence the brighter edges.




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