Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
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Well I'm glad I read this entire thread. After the first few posts I thought about passing on this remote. Now I'm not so sure.
Currently I have an 880 controlling things in the Family Room, where I have an LCD, AVR, DVR, VCR, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, Laserdisc, and Wii. All the equipment is in front of the sofas, so the 880 works just fine.
Downstairs I have an 890 controlling pretty much the same stuff, except I have a projector suspended from the ceiling, and the equipment in a rack behind the sofas. Oh yeah, and 9 zones of IR dimmers.
I use sequences downstairs and will miss them. (I use "Pause Movie", "Dim Move", and "Change A/R" sequences.)
BUT, my "Movie" sequences adjust the lights (Lutron Spacer System) via IR, requiring me to point my remote at the dimmers for that part to work. And I can only point it at one gang of dimmers at a time. I have three. I thought about swapping all my dimmers out for Leviton Vizia ones, which are Z-Wave, but that would be about $1,000. And it seems like Logitech is dropping Z-Wave support, so what would happen if my 890 got broken a few years from now?
I use the IR blaster in the door of my rack, and one IR extender taped to my projector. (I got a 15' 3.5mm extender cable from Radio Shack to connect the blaster to the extender on the PJ.) It would not be practical, or possible, or aesthetically pleasing to tape IR extenders to the dimmer switches.
If I get the 900 I can put a mini blaster on top of the PJ and finally control the lights. Lastly, I suffer from the double-tap error with the arrow buttons.
I hate giving up the sequences, but I could (perhaps) program buttons for "Lights On" and "Lights Off". Hopefully, the mini blasters will do what I want (control the lights from the PJ.)
I'll do some more research, as well as sign the sequence petition.
Thanks for all the info, Wannabe.