Well, I got my SST-659 yesterday and just finished setting it up.
First, my gear is: Outlaw 950, B&K AV5125, Panny AE500, VInc Bravo D1
Why did I get this remote (which costs $160-$200 from authorized dealers)?
1. I needed a remote that was programmable, with a massive database of codes. I have gone through three "learning" remotes, none of which could handle all of my esoteric gear.
2. Because the WIFE wants to be able to push one button that says "Watch TV", or "Watch DVD" and she wants it all to come on and switch appropriately. Yes, I had it going with macros before, but a) there's now a button that says it right there and b) see (1.) above.
So what do I think?
The setup was fairly easy. All of my gear was in their database (except for the AE500, but the AE300 code works fine for now).
[After 3 hours], all of my gear switches and plays perfectly. I haven't played with the navigation through the menus, etc, but I'll assume it works fine. If it doesn't you'll hear about it.
I think their web page setup is pretty good. It's nice to have a list of your items and their settings and a central location to change them.
It took 3 hours of going upstairs (computer) and downstairs (HT) repeatedly.
The codes for the outlaw were not quite right (but the remote learned them easily).
It had some trouble with downloading the scripts, but I emptied my "Temporary Internet Files" from IE and it worked fine after that.
Their menu system is not the best in the world. You almost always have to finish what you started. There's no main navigation sidebar where you can just go back if you clicked on the wrong thing. And there are very few places where you can get back to your "home" page.
feel, fit, finish:
nice. Fits well in my hand, buttons are in (mostly) logical places, the screen is easy to read.
Overall, I'd give it an 8/10 right now. That may go up or down after a few weeks of usage.