Harmony Remote Users

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  1. Nov 28, 2008 #61 of 101
    RD in Fla

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    Bought a Harmony One on Tuesday. The best remote I've ever owned, hands down, and the wife loves it too. :)
     
  2. Nov 28, 2008 #62 of 101
    redrocker

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    ONE
     
  3. Nov 28, 2008 #63 of 101
    bamafanpt

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    Picked up an 880 today at CC for $99 but now I see the "one" online for $139.00 after rebate with free shipping. Looks to be a good deal.....worth the extra $$ ?
     
  4. Nov 28, 2008 #64 of 101
    randyk47

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    That is a good price for the One. Don't have any experience with the 880 but I like the One better than my 890 but the lack of RF is a deal killer on the One for me for my theater because of where the equipment has to be.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2008 #65 of 101
    bamafanpt

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    I really hate that neither of those have RF, but it won't be a breaker for me for now. I guess that is a Black Friday price, although it doesn't specifically say so.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2008 #66 of 101
    Richierich

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    Well, my Harmony One comes on Monday so I will be having fun programming it as I did for my Harmony 1000.

    Can't wait to get rid of my 4 remotes lying on my stand next to my bed.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2008 #67 of 101
    randyk47

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    Upgraded a DVD player to a BD DVD player yesterday. Took all of 5 minutes to change the programming on the Harmony One and most of that time was getting the computer up and running. Great product.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2008 #68 of 101
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    I had read posts that said the Next Generation Remote Control Extender

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C1Z0HA

    does not work with Harmony remotes. I've been fighting with the pyramid type IR extenders for years, so I thought I would try the Next Generation for myself.

    I don't know what problems other people may have had, but it works great with my Harmony 550s and 688s (old but similar to 670). It is far better than the pyramids.

    I also have an 890 and like it OK. I only have 2 gripes about it:

    1. Sometimes doesn't want to make the connection to the charger.
    2. RF receiver has to be paired and programmed with each 890, so if I wanted an 890 in each room I'd have to set up multiple RF receivers and emitters.

    Anyhow, if I had it to do over, I'd probably skip the 890 and just get the Next Gen extender.
     
  9. Nov 30, 2008 #69 of 101
    Paul E Fox II

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    I had an older Harmony 680 that went swimming this summer in a glass of ice water. We put it in front of the fridge and in 24 hours, it was back in action.

    That was right around the time that the Harmony 880 went on sale at Amazon for $79.00 (after $50.00 Mail-In rebate) so I bought it.

    I like it better than the 680 but it is slick and getting used to the button layout took a while. I don't have any problems with the charger as it's one of the newer ones with the magnet to facilitate good contact with the charging connections. With heavy use, I get about a week and a half to two weeks between charges.

    As for the PS3, I bought an IR4BT from Ben in Canada and assembled it myself from the Sony Bluetooth remote I had. It's completely flawless in it's operation. Powers the PS3 On/Off with no problems and to my knowledge, it's never failed to do what I was attempting with the PS3. I believe it was $54.00 and some change shipped to my door.

    I looked at the Harmony One at the Best Buy in SC during my visit there a couple weeks ago and it looks to be a great little remote too. It's probably a good bit more comfortable than the 880 but I didn't really want a touch screen interface at all.

    My 680 is now doing duty in my bedroom and continues to work like a charm there as well.

    These are GREAT remotes and while it takes a while to get used to the interface for programming...with work you can usually get them to do EXACTLY what you need them to do...at least that's been the case in my situation.
     
  10. Dec 1, 2008 #70 of 101
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    trdrjeff

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    caught that this morning on fatwallet and pulled the trigger :D
     
  12. Dec 1, 2008 #72 of 101
    Richierich

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    Well, I finally got my Harmony One Remote programmed and it is indeed AWESOME!!!
     
  13. Dec 2, 2008 #73 of 101
    Richierich

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    I'm really liking this Harmony One alot!!! I am now tweaking it with Customization Buttons and it fits in your hand really nice and it is LIGHT!!! AWESOME!!!
     
  14. Dec 12, 2008 #74 of 101
    trdrjeff

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    W00t! Thanks all I got the 880 from Amazon yesterday and I like it much better!

    The dedicated buttons for trick play and skip alone make it better as that was my biggest gripe, but the recharge and auto light are the icing on the cake. The balance seems nicer also and the telephone like keypad is a plus for using the search feature.
     
  15. Dec 12, 2008 #75 of 101
    smiddy

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    Kewl man, welcome to the Harmony club!
     
  16. Dec 12, 2008 #76 of 101
    Herdfan

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    T.O.A.D.'s suck no matter what. The issue you might have with the way the Harmony works is if someone pushes the eject button to insert a disk before they turn everything else on. Its a common occurence. The Harmony thinking it is off, toggles Power which turns if off so you have to go into the Help function to fix it.

    With the programming on my MX-980, the power up sequence for my A1 is Play>Stop. This turns it on or if it is already on, doesn't turn it off. Once I have the A1 selected, the Power Off button is a macro the toggles power on the A1 and changes the input on the AVR to SAT. If I am finished viewing for the evening, another press of Power Off turns the system off. Much finer level of control than with the Harmony.

    I could have also used variables, but since I had already done similar programming with my MX-900 (which at the time did not have variables), I just kept the same logic.
     
  17. Dec 12, 2008 #77 of 101
    Tom_Oliver

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    Just another vote for the One.
     
  18. Dec 12, 2008 #78 of 101
    Sneezy

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    I have an 880 from when they were frist released and love it. It's starting to show age but still works well. I have a 6 series in our bedroom and hate it.

    The 880 button locations are where you expect them. I'm toying with getting a one but I have a few cases of wine to buy and that simply takes a front seat!
     
  19. Dec 13, 2008 #79 of 101
    Richierich

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    Sneezy, I am a Wine Lover too but really can't you just buy one less case of wine and buy the 880 or the Harmony One??? Get REAL, Man!!!

    Nothing is better than sitting in front of your Home Entertainment System with a glass of your favorite wine in your hand with your Harmony Remote in your other hand.
     
  20. Dec 29, 2008 #80 of 101
    twiecek

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    I just got and programmed a Harmony One. OMG--so awesome. Programming was a breeze. Although I hit a little bump in the road and called the CS. The problem was an easy fix, but the CS guy offered to stay on the line and help me through the whole programming. process. I pretty tech-savvy, so I didn't think I needed the help. But what the heck. So he stayed on the line with me for about 20 minuted; he even did some things on his end that helped move things along. Voila! Perfect! Absolutely love it! Well worth the $$. And I love Logitech (at least the CS guy who helped me).
     

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