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#41 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:32 AM

So... what are your experiences? What is your favorite way of interacting with your receivers?

I use either the DIRECTV RC65RX or the RC64.

There has been a couple of times where I changed the channel using the iPad app when I was in another room, but overall, I use the standard DirecTV remotes.

It's a great solution for people who have a receiver and a TV. It can be configured to increase or decrease the volume through an AV receiver but it cannot be programmed to turn on more than two devices (TV and receiver) and it cannot run macros.

My AVR is on a Smart Strip, so when I turn my TV on via the RC65RX, the AVR comes on at the same time. :D


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:38 AM

My favorite universals are the $15 URC-R6 or the $25 URC-WR7, which has a superior "cruise control" keypad, IMHO.

They both have full macro capability, but you manually program them in, as opposed to doing it via your PC. The WR7 is backlit, controls more devices and allows 13 20-step macros vs. 6 20-step macros on the R6. Both remotes have "learning" capability on almost every key.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:42 AM

I use either my Harmony 900 or the DirecTV Application for iPad in my living room. I use my Harmony 700 in my bedroom and I use my Tampa Bay Buccaneers remote in my office.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:45 AM

Harmony 700 for everyday use, recently replaced an 880 and I think I'm liking the form and hard color buttons more than the 880.

I also have the free Android "DirecTV Remote" app on my phone and Touchpad for use when I am using those while watching TV. I'll probably end up getting the paid one pretty soon for the macros.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:00 AM

A well worn Harmony 670
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

Harmony 900 in the living room. Harmony One in the master bedroom. I also have the Directv Remote App installed on my Android phone. http://www.amazon.co...18956008&sr=8-1

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:44 AM

...JP1 remotes allow full customization down to the keypress, with any key being macro-capable. A lot of freeware and crowd-sourced datasets. JP1 remotes were/are made by One4All, both under their own name or private label like this one. Many, like the 1994, have been totally recoded by the community to enhance functionality. See http://www.hifi-remote.com for more info.


JP1 remotes are the biggest bang for the buck by far. For a $15 (or less) remote and a $30 programming interface, you get:

- A universal remote made by UEI, the same folks that make the DirecTV remotes, so they share the same codes
- Learning, global macros or device specific macros on any key, custom volume punch thru for each device, 5 functions per key per device (short press, double press, long press, shifted press, double-shifted press), fantastic graphical programming software for PC/Mac/Linux, update your remote in under 5 seconds, and add pronto hex and any device or protocol known to man.
- With extender software, you also get fast macros, device state tracking, nested macros, device multiplexing (for a practically unlimited number of devices)

Since DirecTV boxes buffer remote commands, you can send them as fast as possible. My closed caption macro runs in a fraction of a second, and 3 or 4 seconds later the DirecTV box catches up and turns on captions. But since it ran so fast, I didn't have to hold the remote still for that 4 seconds.

If you think only harmony can do activities, think again. Instead of pressing Watch TV, on a JP1 remote, just press the TV button and get the same result, only faster. And if your dog eats the remote, you're only out $20 instead of $250. Grab another one at best buy, download your config, and you're back in business.

Here's a typical $15 JP1 remote (RCA RCRP05B) and the programming software:
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:49 AM

My personal preference is the DIRECTV remote ..
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:01 AM

Ipad App and Directv RF Remote

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 12:54 PM

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:13 PM

Very cool!
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:26 PM

Option 1 the DirecTV remote working fine for me and the family


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 02:04 PM

I use the DirecTV remote for all 7 of my receivers.

In the theater room, where I'm running 3 HR2xes, I use 3 remotes. I find this simpler than programing one remote to use all three boxes. Stickers on each remote make it easy for us to use the correct remote, and I don't have to deal with the toggle switch.

I've used the iPad app, and it has a coolness factor, but it's just much more cumbersome than the remote. And if I'm not on the D app when I need to skip over commercials, the extra few seconds it takes to switch apps isn't worth it for me. I know where all the important (to me) buttons are on the remote; without tacticle feedback, that's not possible on the iPad.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:06 PM

I use the Harmony 720 to control the following 11 devices:


Zector HDS4.1 HDTV 4 way switch

HR200-700, HR20-100, and HR24-500 DVR's

Logitech Revue (Google TV)

Sony BDP 300 Blu Ray Player

Pioneer VSX 09TX AV Receiver

Samsung 19" HDTV

Sony AV Receiver

Sony CD Player

All Home Theater events are macro-ized with one button clicks.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:29 PM

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:30 PM

I'm pretty basic, I use four D* RF remotes to control two receivers being shared on four TV's. I also use an old Harmony 688 to control the main TV to turn everything on/off and switch inputs between D*, PS3 and AV receiver.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:56 PM

Here is mine, a N.E. Patriots RC64RB. I also use a RC65RX and a RC65X.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:02 PM

Harmony ONE FTW!!!!

Ditto - best remote out there. Controls a Marantz Pre and Amp plus Sony Blu-Ray as well as the HR22. The Marantz also is used to do a phono as well as XM sat

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:27 PM

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:29 PM

Harmony 900!

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