I posted a thread yesterday trying to decide between a Denon 1612 or HK 1565. Went to my local best buy store and saw a display model 2312CI model for a price I couldn't say no to. Only catch is that it was missing everything except the power cord. So I have no remote, no setup mic (is this a big deal? the last "auto setup" i tried was with an Onkyo TX-SR602 from ~2006 and it wasn't very good), no radio antennas, or etc.
So my first priority is to find a remote, since you can't really do anything without one. I'm currently using my Andriod phone via my internet router to change a few features, but I really need a remote to play with all the settings and update firmware and etc. It looks like a replacement remote, which isn't programmable, costs ~$50-60 from Denon dealers, so I was hoping there would be a universal remote available that I could do everything with? I've seen a lot said about the Harmony One, but I would rather not spend $150 for a remote... are the cheaper Harmonies compatible with the Denon receivers?
And less importantly, how useful is the setup microphone? I have a few from old Onkyo units, but I assume the unit is specifically calibrated for the Denon mic. Would the $30 be well spent?