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Universal Remotes and DirecTV receivers...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I like not having to look at the remote to use it.

    A touch screent just won't work for me. I need buttons. :lol:

    Mike
     
  2. dsp81

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    I've had good luck with both the MX-900 and MX-810. I prefer the 810 to the 900 for the color screen and record hard button. The MX-980 is also a good choice, but is more cost prohibitive. There is a push/hold Universal configuration floating around that allows the ff/rw and skip/replay push and hold functions that are invaluable.

    I like the URC remotes over the Harmony's because they are much more customizable in that you can add discrete IR (without calling Logitech). I think that URC's RF is much better than Logitech's.

    There has been a lot of complaints on the 810, but it usually takes me a couple hours to get the programming down for each new remote. The 900, 980 and 950 are difficult as well, and require hours to get it down. I don't think the learning curve is any greater on the 810 than on the 900. I think the 980 is more difficult to master. And the MX-3000 requires you to quit your day job to figure out.

    I believe you are referring to the custom icon thread on remotecentral.com.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I love those press & holds. :) ...(the configurations I down loaded off the net...not the fact that I have to use them...I hate that)

    I found the MXEditor (for my MX-700) very easy to use. I don't usually have problems with software. That's why I found the 810 wizard frustrating. The features are easy to use but the interface is not. There is no Help function and no documentation....documentation would have been nice. :rolleyes:

    Once I figured out where everything was, I had no problems.

    Exactly...;)

    Mike
     
  4. Tom Robertson

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    I need DIRECTV RF. Alas, there are only two ends of the spectrum that I've found, the DIRECTV remotes, very nice on the low end or the Harmony 890 which costs more than my AV/Receiver. (Caught a great clearance sale.)

    With 3 HR2x in the home theatre, RF is my only route. Plus I'd like to be able to control them from the other rooms as they are distributed everywhere in the house.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  5. flipptyfloppity

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    Logitech 885 (see amazon UK) has the 4 color buttons.
     
  6. azjerry

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    Does the R-6 allow macros of some sort. What I want in a cheap remote is the ability to program 1 button to turn on the DTV DVR, my Toshiba TV and my Yamaha receiver and another button (long press of same button?) turn them all off. They have to be different sequences because the Yamaha uses different on/off codes. Other than that just the standard DTV functions. A similar sequence for the TV, receiver and my Panasonic DVD recorder would be a bonus.

    I really can't see spending $100 or more for a remote, I'm not that annoyed. So a cheap remote it is.
     
  7. dsp81

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    You can pick up the Universal Remote Home Theater Master MX-500 for around $80. It can do macros and most of the functions of the more expensive remotes, minus the PC programming.
     
  8. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Check out Steve's very informative thread on the R-6.

    It's inexpensive and if you're looking to a couple of macros it "supports up to six 20-step Macros"*

    It may be what you're looking for.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=117355

    Mike

    *quote from post one of Steve's thread
     
  9. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    My MX-700 has been dropped, thrown across the room and even sat on.

    Of course the 700 has a very stiff heavy casing. I'm 6'1"/290# and sat on it with no ill effects. You could grab both ends and twist and it won't easily give. My MX-810 is no where near as ruggedly cased.

    The MX-700 takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'...:lol:

    The jury is still out on my MX-810. It's been tossed and dropped but I don't have enough time with it to tell.

    I did have to send it to URC for service but I think it was unrelated to any possible abuse.....FWIW...;)

    Mike
     
  10. Machael

    Machael AllStar

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    Same here!

    I love that little Sony remote. It's incredibly durable as well. :D
     
  11. mdavej

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    Another cheap remote worth considering is the radio shack 15-134. Got it on sale for $20 a few weeks ago. It also has colored buttons and can handle about 2 dozen 15 step macros, by my calculations. Plus the codes are already built-in, so you don't have to learn the colored buttons. It's my main remote at the moment (link in sig).
     
  12. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Yeah, but what don't you like about your remotes.

    Because lets face it, there's always a compromise.

    Mike
     

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