Originally Posted by schmiggyjk
This seems like it would control all my stuff fine. Will need the Blu-Wave adapter to control my PS3, but I can manage that. What is the big difference between between this and the 880? Color display and better ergonomics?
Should I fear getting a refurbed model of either of them? With Live Cashback right now you can almost get a refurb 880 for the price of the 550 via Ebay and Buy.com
And can the names of the "activities buttons" be changed? All my music is digital on my PC so I have little use for a "listen to CD" activity. Now if I could control my PC and the Zune software, that would be a whole different picture. I guess I just use it to switch to input I have my computer running to via optical.
I think the big difference between the 550 and 880 are color screen, ergonomically different, and if I'm not mistaken the 880 comes with a charging dock.
And yes, I believe someone already mentioned, they names of the "activities buttons" can be changed to whatever you want.
It's just my guess, but I would think you should be fine buying a refurb, as long as it's been refurbished by Logitech, and not some 3rd party.
Originally Posted by curro
Would rechargeable batteries work with the Harmony 550? And if so, any recommendations?
Rechargeable batteries will work fine in your 550. That's what I use in mine. I have 2 sets, so one set is always charged and ready to go. Any that are available at any of your local stores will work fine. From what I understand, the higher the mAh number, the longer a single charge will last.
Originally Posted by ReedK
There are a few hangups with my home theater components that have given other learning remotes fits...wonder if the Harmony 550 can support...
First, my AV receiver has a separate Power On and Off IR commands...seems all the remotes have a single power button that will not differentiate between on and off.
Second, my TV input cycles thru all the inputs with no direct access to each (that I'm aware of). So, to switch from Component-1 to HDMI-2, it is four pushes of the input button on the remote. To go back to Component-1 it is three pushes (switching between the computer and the TiVo). The harmony would have to execute that sequence of IR commands...unless I was on the DVD player on Component-2, then it's a different number of pushes on the input button. How could it know and respond accurately.
Am I wasting my time with this or has anyone seen the remote handle this type of complexity?
My receiver also has separate on/off commands and the Harmony has those individual commands, and a simple power toggle command.
My TV cycles through all of its inputs the same way yours does, but with the Harmony you can set up the buttons so that you go directly to whatever input you want instead of cycling through them all. Once you get your remote set up properly, if you want to watch TV for example, you push the button that you named "watch TV" and the TV comes on, your cable box comes on, your AV receiver comes on, and all components are switched the the appropriate inputs. I don't know exactly what components you have obviously, but I think you get the point here.
When you set up the remote, you have to enter very specific information regarding exactly which manufacturer and model your components are, and also which components are used in each activity, and which input they each need to be set to.