Harmony Remotes...Discontinued?

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  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    The pronto was one of the best touch remotes ever made. I programmed quite a few of those.

    In a perfect world though, a combination would be my preference. I prefer something I don’t need to look at to control the most common functions, like skip and rewind and play etc.

    But situational dependent buttons on a screen are great for starting activities and changing inputs and so forth.

    No one has ever really made a great remote that accomplishes combining those two things well.
     
  2. Rich

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    I just looked at the Pronto remote by Philips, and I would have bought one of them had I known they existed. Looks even better than the Harmony remotes I had. Not as cumbersome. Damn. Amazon still has a listing for the Philip's remote. NA, but it's there with pictures. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-TSU5...8609623&sprefix=philips+pronto,aps,179&sr=8-3

    I saw a comparison of universal remotes somewhere online the other day. They listed the Fire TV Cubes as a universal remote; I didn't expect that. They do change inputs easily, but by voice command.

    I'm not sure what you meant by activities?

    Rich
     
  3. harsh

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    Activities or "scenes" where presets for common configurations. You might have a DVD viewing activity, a selection of audio-only activities and a pay TV activity. All the appropriate devices would be powered up or down and the routing would be configured by the remote sending signals to everything involved.

    HDMI-CEC, in theory, has pretty much replaced that (unless you have a very sophisticated theater setup with programmed lighting, curtains and roll-out screens).
     
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    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    I paid about forty bucks for the 650 I have and don't use. I guess this is about the lack of availability once they shut down production. I wonder what I could get for my 650; I never use it...I just checked eBay, some are overpriced, but most are reasonable and close to what we paid for them.

    Rich
     
  6. TheRatPatrol

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    Wow that’s crazy.

    You can get the 665 for $59 at Best Buy, but you better hurry. I picked up a spare one the other day. I have a 650 and 665 in my house, and now a spare 665.

    As far as touch screens, not for me. I hate having to look at a screen each time. I like the ability to feel the buttons and not have to look at the remote to use it.

    Call me old fashioned. I still like using my 665 every day. :)
     
  7. Rich

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    Can't resist: You're old-fashioned. :)

    Rich
     
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