Originally Posted by Cal1981
Ebay has a number of Harmony 880 remotes available for reasonable prices. I've had one for years and it's still going strong controlling a Panny TV, a Denon AVR and a Sony BR player. Take a look at it. It was, I believe, the last Harmony that had most of the bells and whistles at a decent price.
Thanks. I actually used Harmony quite a lot in the past, including the 880, 890, One, 900, 600, 650, 700, 300, 360 (personal favorite), 550, you name it. But these days, my favorite remote by far is the Xsight Touch. It's essentially a Harmony 900 at a tiny fraction of the price, but far more programmable. They run about $38 on ebay at the moment plus $15 for the RF base. It's an incredible value considering this remote was originally $250 and the base another $100. I now have at least half a dozen Harmonys in my closet and as many Xsights in use throughout the house, both the $38 RF and $17 IR versions. There isn't another remote on the planet that can touch it in terms of bang for the buck. And being a JP1 remote, the software is phenomenal.
But getting back on the thread topic and expanding a little on using cheaper remotes with Sony BD, I just wanted to clarify a few points, especially about JP1 remotes (Comcast, Charter, TWC, DirecTV, Dish OEM remotes and One-for-all, Acoustic Research, Radio Shack and some RCA).
First, all Sony BD players since the beginning of time all use exactly the same codes, Sony20 26.226 protocol, UEI setup code Video 1516 or 21516. That means any Sony BD remote will work any Sony BD player, and that one and only one code on a universal remote will work. No Sony DVD player codes will work.
Second, no Sony BD players are IR addressable. So if you have more than one in your rack, they will all respond to the same code. This comes up from time to time in various Sony threads, so I wanted to reiterate it here.
Lastly, JP1 remotes are unique in the remote world in that it is possible to add any individual command or commands for any device without learning by simply entering a 3 or 5 digit code, all of which I linked earlier for Sony BD players. This is what enables the previous poster to control absolutely every possible command for a Sony BD player (even ones that aren't on the original Sony remote, like discrete on/off) with his cable TV remote. For those on a budget, this is fantastic capability that most are completely unaware of. These cheap/free remote also do macros, aka, "activities" in Harmony terms, as well as volume punch through. So you can get most of the functionality of a Harmony for free. But as mentioned earlier, it does take a bit more effort to program, but not that much, IMO.