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#21 OFFLINE   Jhon69

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:41 AM

No doubt about it, the Harmony One is an excellent remote.



So is the Harmony 300i(controls 4 items,USB internet programmable. ) and for $29.99 from Target or WalMart it's a winner.:)

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#22 OFFLINE   Jhon69

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:43 AM

I love my Harmony. My wife is happy and all is good. There is a reason they named them Harmony remotes



AMEN!.+1.;):D

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:54 AM

I had a JP1 remote back in the day. You can do about anything with them and for very little cash, plus they tend to have great battery life since most of them don't have an lcd to drive.

However, I've switched to harmony remotes simply because I think they are easier for the end-user to use since most of the remotes have dedicated buttons for activies and an lcd screen for the less often used buttons.

I've got a Harmony 670 but if I were going to buy one now it would probably be the 650 (around $70 on amazon). If you've got the cash the Harmony one is a great remote... I set one up for a friend. It's nice.

#24 OFFLINE   mdavej

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:44 PM

So is the Harmony 300i(controls 4 items,USB internet programmable. ) and for $29.99 from Target or WalMart it's a winner.:)

I generally like harmony, but I have to disagree about the 300. It's a much less powerful remote than ones half that price. It can only do one activity and no macros. Your average $15 remote can do practically unlimited activities (macros). Unless you have a very simple system (tv and sat or cable box only), it's best to avoid the 300. Many used and refurbished harmonys can be found for a similar price and are much more powerful.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:24 AM

I generally like harmony, but I have to disagree about the 300. It's a much less powerful remote than ones half that price. It can only do one activity and no macros. Your average $15 remote can do practically unlimited activities (macros). Unless you have a very simple system (tv and sat or cable box only), it's best to avoid the 300. Many used and refurbished harmonys can be found for a similar price and are much more powerful.



Interesting as I for years have bought the average $15. remote and always found out it would not work for all of the commands,so I felt like I just wasted my money( plus there is a bunch of those in my desk that I sell at yard sales).

I don't care what remote anyone gets,but they should definitely get one that's internet upgrade capable and teach able like a Harmony.These $200. remote controls to me are a waste of money,but if you have the funds,to each his own.As I have not found any problems yet with my Harmony 300i especially the price($29.99) and it is the first Harmony remote I have ever tried.All I can report is,it works for me.:)

P.S. I also like to be able to turn on(and off) my HDTV,722k,and Polk Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer with the pressing down of one button,Watch TV.:D

#26 OFFLINE   mdavej

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:38 PM

Cheap remotes that do volume punch thru and a few macros are pretty common. True many don't have a complete function set, but $15 one-for-all remotes are unique on the low end of the market in that they can be programmed to control absolutely every function of every device with individual function codes. They can also be programmed from a computer, and do volume punch thru, turn everything on with the press of a button, and all that other stuff the 300 does. The difference is the cheap remote can do 2 or more macros. The 300 can only do one. I'm glad you're happy, but if you add a disc player or other device, you won't be able to add a "watch DVD" activity or any other activity for that matter.

For example, my $15 remote (for which I actually paid $1 on clearance) runs circles around harmony. I have over 30 macros in addition to "watch tv". One is a 9 step macro to toggle captions on my 722k. That's impossible on even the top-of-the-line $250 harmony 900. I've added functions that aren't in the harmony database, like discrete PIP side-by-side. I also have 12 devices on my cheap remote, which is impossible on the 300.

Even after the OP got a JP1 programming cable for his remote, his macros are now running faster than any harmony could ever run them (around 10 per second, depending on the complexity of the protocol), and his remote cost $0.

So all I'm saying is the 300 has some limitations like the single macro thing that some may want to watch out for, and that cheaper remotes can be quite capable. Some have many capabilities that not many people are aware of. I hope this thread can open their eyes a little.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:31 PM

Hmmm... I use my 722k Dish remote model 20.0 IR to control TV, Sony surround sound and 722k. 4 button pushes turns everything on (AUX, TV, POWER, SAT).
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 03:41 PM

That's three too (not to) many button pushes than (not then) some folks are willing to do.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:24 AM

The JP1 compatible remotes (mfrd by Universal Electronics Inc.) are incredibly powerful remotes given their low prices. I could do everything on a $15 remote I bought at radio shack that I can do on my Harmony. Some of them also have really nice in hand feel with incredible battery life. I'd recommend them above something like the harmony 300.

My only real complaint with the JP1 remotes was the fact that there was no LCD screen that displayed the name of the special functions I'd programmed into various hard buttons on the remote (like there is on the better harmony remotes). I knew what all the buttons did on my JP1 remote because I programmed them but if someone else picked up the remote I would have to tell them what macros were programmed to what keys.

Edited by apinkel, 18 July 2011 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:03 AM

Hmmm... I use my 722k Dish remote model 20.0 IR to control TV, Sony surround sound and 722k. 4 button pushes turns everything on (AUX, TV, POWER, SAT).



Yes I still keep my 20.0 available because the buttons are larger than the Harmony 300i that to me is a plus.So it all comes down to how I feel today,1 button press,or 4?.;):D




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