Originally Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz
... My Harmony 900 seems to be on its last leg and I am heavily considering a replacement. What are some of better options out there with RF to IR capability like the 900? Thanks!
Hey Jeff. There are three Harmony RF capable options right now, but only two make sense. The first is the Harmony Ultimate Home
at $350, which comes with a hub and mini blaster. The second is the Harmony Home Control
, which also comes with a hub and mini blaster, but at $149 is way cheaper.
That cheaper one has a much simpler remote -- no LED and no back lighting -- but there's a Harmony app that turns a smart phone or tablet into a fully functional remote, and it looks pretty slick. If you wanted to control AV via smart phone or tablet, that would save a couple hundred bucks. I'm not sold, but it's an option.
The third Harmony RF option is the prior gen Ultimate One
priced at $250, but then you have to buy a hub, so you're at $350. Tech support told me the Ultimate One can't be paired with the new hubs Harmony sells now. That functionality is due to arrive in a firmware update "in a few months" per Logitech. So that option makes zero sense.
When my 900 croaks, I'll probably get one of the Harmony Home models. Partly because the 900 has been so good, and partly because Harmony already has all my AV equipment and settings in their database. I'd much rather download that into a new Harmony, and not start from scratch with someone else.
Curious, when you say your 900 is on last legs, what are the symptoms?