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Acoustic Research XSight: Discussion Thread


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 03:39 PM

This thread has been moved from the "Shadow Report" thread, for discussion of the Acoustic Research XSight remotes.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 01 September 2009 - 03:37 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   mdavej

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:58 PM

I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet, but I did play with one at hh gregg and picked up a brochure. I had concerns about the buttons, but they are fine. They have good spacing and tactile feedback, with a nice easy click. I think it will be quite easy to use by touch (no pun intended).

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:59 PM

I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet, but I did play with one at hh gregg and picked up a brochure. I had concerns about the buttons, but they are fine. They have good spacing and tactile feedback, with a nice easy click. I think it will be quite easy to use by touch (no pun intended).


The only thing that I don't really like(judging by the pics), are the actual DVR controls. Not the best layout IMHO.
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#4 OFFLINE   TheRatPatrol

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 07:51 PM

I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet, but I did play with one at hh gregg and picked up a brochure. I had concerns about the buttons, but they are fine. They have good spacing and tactile feedback, with a nice easy click. I think it will be quite easy to use by touch (no pun intended).

How do the color buttons and the guide/menu/info/exit buttons feel? They look almost indented? Thanks

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:37 PM

With no Chicago Bears face place I would still use my DirecTV remote over this one. However it's always good to have more products available.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:01 PM

Cool beans! :D

I love when disappointment is replaced by jubilation! :P

So one question ... does this remote have a future? Per the user manual only basic setup is possible via the remote, and advanced setup requires "the EZ-RC™ Remote Control Setup Wizard website". Will that site be around for a while?

I'm also looking for information on macros - the user guide only mentions macro in regards to a full reset, but I want to know how many steps can be in a macro. Anyone find the answer yet?

Here's the specific info on DIRECTV RF in case someone doesn't want to open the guide:

DIRECTV® RF

The Xsight™ Touch remote can control DIRECTV® satellite receivers with RF capability even when the satellite receiver is hidden in a closed cabinet or in a different room. The Xsight™ Touch can control DIRECTV® receivers with RF capability without using the ARRE433B RF extender.

IMPORTANT: Before you can use the DIRECTV® RF feature, you must set up the Xsight™ Touch to operate your DIRECTV® receiver just as you have with your other devices (like your TV, your DVD player, etc.). If the DIRECTV® receiver is already in RF mode, switch the receiver back to IR mode to confirm that the Xsight™ Touch can operate it.

In order to use the RF feature, you must enable the remote to transmit RF commands to the receiver and then pair the receiver and the remote.

  • Select DIRECTV RF from the Settings menu. The remote screen displays the current DIRECTV® RF Transmission status.
  • Press ON to enable DIRECTV® RF transmission.
  • Enable your DIRECTV® receiver for RF control (see your DIRECTV owners manual or on-screen setup for instructions). Then press Next on the remote’s screen.
  • Find the 6-digit code assigned to your DIRECTV® receiver (see your DIRECTV® owners manual or on-screen setup for instructions). Then press OK on the remote’s screen.
  • Use the number keys on the remote to enter your DIRECTV® receiver’s code. Use the remote’s on-screen Clear key if you need to erase numbers. Press the remote’s on-screen OK key when you’re done.
  • Test the remote’s (power) key and + and – (channel) keys with the DIRECTV® receiver. If these keys work, press the remote’s on-screen Yes key. Then press the remote’s on-screen Finish key.



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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:25 PM

How do the color buttons and the guide/menu/info/exit buttons feel? They look almost indented? Thanks

The indention is just an optical illusion. All those are very slightly raised, same as all the number buttons. The travel on these puppies is very small. A very light touch presses a button flush and produces a soft click.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:49 PM

Well, I bought an ARRX15G (no RF, no touchscreen, list $189) for about $80 NIB on eBay. Since I have no use for RF and can live without the touchscreen, we'll see how this works in the other regards. I'm used to hacking the One-for-All remotes (which this is a descendant of), so I'm curious whether they have gone full-Harmony activity-driven or whether it is macro-based. I still have the trusty RS15-1994 to fall back on....
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:55 PM

Well, I bought an ARRX15G (no RF, no touchscreen, list $189) for about $80 NIB on eBay. Since I have no use for RF and can live without the touchscreen, we'll see how this works in the other regards. I'm used to hacking the One-for-All remotes (which this is a descendant of), so I'm curious whether they have gone full-Harmony activity-driven or whether it is macro-based. I still have the trusty RS15-1994 to fall back on....

According to the user manual linked above it's activity based (via web site setup) but macros also exist. Please let us know how many steps are permitted in macros (not activities) when you get it!

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:56 PM

Q: NIB?

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:59 PM

New In Box

D'oh!

Thanks. :sure:

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:23 PM

The indention is just an optical illusion. All those are very slightly raised, same as all the number buttons. The travel on these puppies is very small. A very light touch presses a button flush and produces a soft click.

Ok thanks for the info. Now if I could only see and hold it before I buy one. ;)

EDIT: has anyone seen a picture of the ARRE433B RF extender?

Edited by TheRatPatrol, 27 August 2009 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:41 PM

Well, I bought an ARRX15G (no RF, no touchscreen, list $189) for about $80 NIB on eBay.


Man, how'd that guy get one almost 3 weeks ago.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:42 PM

EDIT: has anyone seen a picture of the ARRE433B RF extender?

There's a quick shot of it in the "Advanced Features" video on the product page.



It looks sorta oval in shape with a short, thick antenna sticking out of it. See the middle of the attached screen capture image.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:45 PM

Looks like the hh gregg chain (kind of like best buy) only has stores in the south and parts of the mid-west. They seem to be trying to fill circuit city's shoes lately, moving into a lot of their old stores. They only carry a few remotes, with the two AR's on their own special display. They don't carry harmony at all.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:57 PM

So raise your hand if you are watching the only one on Ebay?:lol:

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:54 AM

I don't know if the model with the Directv functionality was in these, but I saw two new AR remotes at my local Bestbuy today. One was like $250. I think the other was around $150.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:55 AM

I am not sure I want one of these... Did you see how big this remote is??? I am not even sure I could reach the top buttons!!! :)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 05:50 AM

It looks like Fry's Electronics has (or soon will have) these remotes. Opened my paper this morning and saw their big ad insert. Huge picture of the new remotes is on the top left side of the ad. Doesn't say a price and I couldn't find it on their website, but it definitely appears there will be another place to buy them pretty soon.
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:26 AM

Looks like the hh gregg chain (kind of like best buy) only has stores in the south and parts of the mid-west. They seem to be trying to fill circuit city's shoes lately, moving into a lot of their old stores. They only carry a few remotes, with the two AR's on their own special display. They don't carry harmony at all.

Here you go ... the full location map!

http://www.hhgregg.c...cator.asp?SID=n

(There are a lot more stores than I imagined.)




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