Originally Posted by BuckFly
Guys, I'm sorry to ask such an open ended question but is the Harmony 880 the way to go as far as remotes?
It seems to be the popular choice here, or at least it has come up more times on this thread than any of the other remotes.
I was hoping that using the 880 with my sammy 6187, as well as in combination with all the other devices I have connected to my entertainment center, would reduce my number of remotes laying around (about 8 of them, don't ask). Mind you I am pretty used to going 2 fisted but now I find myself fluttering at times with three remotes and I think I have about had it.
If I could program macros for some of the things I want to do I'd be in heaven. For example, if I get the new pelican system selector II, and I want to hop on the 360, these are the steps that I have to go through in no particular order:
Turn on the 360 -
have the system selector switch to the 360 -
have the sammy switch from hdmi (probably watching tv) to the PC input -
have the old sony receiver switch from dvd (optical used for tv) to CD (optical used for 360, yeah, it's a '99 Sony Receiver)
As far as the Sammy goes, depending upon what input I'm using at the time I either have to flip through all the inputs or call up the menu-inputs-select before I've done anything else...I'M WASTING MY LIFE AWAY!!!
If any of you could spare a brief opinion I would greatly appreciate it. Especially how the 880 works with the Sammy. Any other recommendations would also be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your responses.
Here is my take on the Harmony 880 which I purchased about three weeks ago.
I have been able to replace all of the other remotes with just the single 880, with the exception of the VRC remote which is needed only for setting up VCR recordings. I should be able to create a "RECORD VCR" activity at some point, but have not gotten around to it.
The 880 is a pain in the butt to setup. I have four devices I am controlling, A Samsung 6187W, a Scientific Atlantic cable box, a JVC DVD player and a Panasonic VCR. Should be simple.. right? Well the remote codes that Logitech supplies for those four devices were wrong, problems ranged from simple mislabeling (on the TV Input Component 2 actually selects Component 1), to almost catastrophic (the VCR commands for turning it on causes the Samsung TV to go into a "Diagnostic 2" menu that is not documented by Samsung either in the manual, in the service manual or from their tech support, and there is no way to get out of it except to manually walk over to the TV and power it off).
These problem caused me to force the 880 to relearn many of the needed codes and abandoned most of the codes from the Logitech database. In essence the Logitech database of device codes is corrupt. This was confirmed by statements from Logitech that said that no manufacturer has ever supplied them with original device codes. Instead Logitech gets the codes from end users when the "teach" there Harmony remotes with the original device remotes. This explains why there are some many mislabeled codes, codes that do nothing, and other junk intermixed with good commands in the Logitech database of device codes.
After having said all that, if you are persistent and don't mind playing with programing the Harmony remotes, they do in the end work well once correctly configured.