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post #1 of 5 Old 11-25-2008, 04:03 PM - Thread Starter
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i just got finished getting all the components of my HT moved into my new house and i have a problem with the location of the gear.

the room everything is going in is long and skinny. all the HT gear is in a built in bookshelf on the left wall near the projector screen. my couch is a built in to the back wall of the room. besides the fact that it is 30 ft away from the gear, the 90 degree angle kills all IR signals.

i know i need a universal remote, and probably a RF one. im curious tho if there is a way to get something like the harmony one (which i have heard good things about) could be used. is there a way to make it wrap the corner with an IR blaster or something? or should i stfu and get an RF remote, in which case please suggest a good one.

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I don't know much about RF but if you get an RF remote I believe you're going to have to get RF to IR converter anyways, so you might as well just get IR repeaters. It will be one 'eye' that accepts all of the signals and a repeater for each component. You stick the repeater on each component's IR sensor and the eye relays the signals to each repeater. Don't go super cheap on these as the cheap ones tend to cause a lot of frustration.
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If you have your heart set on the Harmony ONE you would have to get an IR repeater system that would make it work. Unfortunately that may open up a whole other can of worms and installation issues. You may want to take a closer look at the Harmony 890 which is both IR and RF and will come with everything you need to turn the corner.
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is my listening distance going to be an issue with IR + a repeater? the couch is 30 or so feet from the equipment.

ive heard of the 890 RF remote, do people who have it tend to like it?
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I have the 890 and it works like a charm (for the most part). The only issue I have and haven't had the time to address is when I switch to or away from my Media Center it puts my HTPC to sleep. Since I have a few days off, I'm going to, hopefully, slove that issue. Then it's smooth sailing.
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