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Topic # 9647 3-Oct-2006 09:44
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Picked up one of these recently while on a US trip having read so much about how great they are. Well after a significant amount of programming effort and calls to the support centre, I can agree.

For those who don't know much about the Harmony, this remote is programmed over the web and is activity based, not macro driven. So you can press one button to say watch a DVD, and the Harmony will turn on your TV, switch to the DVD input, turn on the DVD player and if you want, play a DVD that's in there. You could also have it turn on your receiver, switch to the right input there etc.

I have it now controlling a JVC D-ILA TV, TelstraClear cable box, gbpvr (the local PVR software), Samsung DVD player and Akai VCR. One of the cool things about the unit was, once I entered the name/model of my TV, it downloaded all the codes for the remote including some that the JVC remote doesn't have!  For example on the JVC, to change inputs from say TV to Video1, Video1, HDMI etc, you have to call up an onscreen menu and scroll down to the desired input and press Enter or press the input key enough times to get to the desired video source. The Harmony software downloaded direct input keys for the JVC and assigned them to soft keys on the remote.

Tech support is very good also. There is a NZ number (toll free) but when you call it, it actually goes to Logitech US support. Since your Harmony is programmed on the Internet and your settings are saved in your online account, they can actually see what devices you have and how you've programmed it. They can even change the settings for you and then you just download the new ones into your remote.

I see that Harmony now has a model 720 which is available only in certain large stores in the US (WalMart and Target I think). It's much cheaper than the 880 but has all the functionality. For those planning a US trip, highly recommended unit. However I don't think I would have paid the local price for the 880 - that's a bit hard to justify, despite the power of the device.




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 47928 8-Oct-2006 21:19
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I have a 550. Goes like a dream.





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Reply # 47934 8-Oct-2006 21:53
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You could of used your Geekzone blog for that.. Cool

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 47967 9-Oct-2006 07:43
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how much you got it for? I have a source that can get me at NZ$330. Though there's Harmony 890 which uses RF instead of InfraRed, and the 890 included 4 IRBlaster for InfraRed relays. So with RF you can have the units hidden behind closed closets. :-D




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  Reply # 48043 9-Oct-2006 15:40
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I paid US$120 for it. Got it off ebay and had it delivered to a friend in the US. It was new. Customer support is exceptional - even for us in NZ. Just to have work within the Tuesday to Saturday timeframe and Australian time (so 11am-7pm)

I have seen the 890 but all my gear is in line of sight so that is not that useful for me.

Also for thoe who used Nokia cellphones, the BLB-2 battery (used in the earlier Nokia cellphones like 8250, 8310) also fit the Harmony 880!  Gives me a backup battery and charger




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 48140 9-Oct-2006 23:10
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Hi, yeah I just bought a 2nd hand 880 a week ago and already I cant believe how I managed to live without it for so long. Very easy to setup online once you learn how it works. And you can tinker with it to your hearts content.

Its got to be a compulsory purchase even if just to keep the mrs happy. She always used to complain about turning everything on to the right setting. Now all she has to do is press 1 button and it all happens hehehehe

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  Reply # 48171 10-Oct-2006 10:34
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Actually my Mrs is struggling with it a bit but all it takes is for me to spend some time upskilling her!  Then she won't have to struggle with the other universal remote I had. I put all her favourite channels on the Media button with the icons and that is cool - just press the button next to the channel icon you want.

OTOH the kids have taken to it like a duck to water - they can now turn on the TV, switch to the right input mode, fire up the PVR and watch the shows that have been recorded without having to call me at work!




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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