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I need a universal remote for a home theater I'm setting up in my basement. The devices I will have are a Samsung ES8000, Onkyo TX-NR414, XBOX 360, PS3, Cable Box and a possibly a Wii. What would be the best universal remote to use, I've never used one and have almost no experience with them. I did some research and the Logitech Harmony One and 900 look very appealing but I read that they are both not reliable and can stop working within a year and a half. Hope you guys can help, thanks
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I use both a Harmony 600 and 650 in two of my setups. They both have a glitch here and there, but seems to me the easiest to program and at the same time cost effective solution among remotes at this time. The higher Harmonies are nice, but I don't need them or their price. I don't know anything about a certain ending time of functionality. There is a possibility of the Logitech division that is Harmony being sold off but that's not certain...that might limit functionality down the line. Don't believe everything you read on the internet, it's not always true...do your homework.

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I've got the One and it's worked fine for me. It's been put through the ringer due to my horrible children. Some people don't like the software and I can't blame them as its not the most intuitive out there. Still, it's the best stand alone remote IMO.
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When you shop, keep in mind that you have only 5 devices (maybe 4). The Wii can't be controlled by any universal remote and the PS3 only can with the addition of an adapter ($10-$150 depending on capabilities). So you need to decide if you even want to control the PS3. The harmony 600, 650 and 700 will work fine in your case and are much less expensive and probably more durable than a One. Consider the 900 only if you need RF, i.e., some or all of your components are hidden from view.

There are also basic universal remotes for $20 or less that will work fine, like the URC WR7 and the RCA RCRP05BR. In fact, with the addition of a programming cable and some free software, even your cable box remote can likely be programmed to work almost as well as a harmony.
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Thanks for the responses, i think I'm just going to get the Harmony One or 900. I don't need RF since all the devices will be out. I've also decided to put the Wii in the home theater since it turns out there is enough room for the motion gaming and something my younger siblings and cousins will like to play. Since that's five devices, I don't think it would be a good idea to get the 600 or 650 since I might add more devices in the future, I also decided to go with a receiver that has 8 HDMI inputs instead of 6 the TX-NR414 has. Should I just get the 900 since its cheaper than the One on Amazon?
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The 900 is twice the remote the One is, so for that price, go for it. For less than half that price, you can get an 8 device 700. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time spending $100 or more on features I'll never use.

I'll reiterate that no remote can control a Wii.

Are you gong to spring for the Logitech PS3 adapter or just a Nyko?
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Sorry, I must've missed the part where you said that the wii is not compatible. Yea, the harmony 700 would be great too, didnt know it can control up to 8 devices.
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I also think I'm just gonna get the adapter for the ps3 regardless of what harmony I get. Still I can't seem to find a reputable online site that has the 700 in stock for a reasonable price. A seller on amazon has it for $170
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I've gotten many refurb harmonys from tigerdirect over the years, and all were mint. They have the 700 for $60. Refurb for a harmony usually means the customer couldn't figure out how to program it and returned it practically unused. I'd give one of those a try if I were you. Since most harmony remotes have been discontinued, they're going to get rarer and more expensive from here on out. I'm glad I picked up several on clearance at target last year for $40 a piece.
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That's a great price! Thanks for the help, I'm gonna buy the harmony 700
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Were you able to get a universal remote to work with the Onkyo? I just bought the same receiver and have heard Universals don't work too well with it (Onkyo never published the codes?). Thinking about the URC for its learning capabilities. Thanks.
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