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post #1 of 4 Old 07-19-2006, 09:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Anyone in the New York metro area (Westchester & Rockland County) had success with a universal remote that works well replacing/substituting for the remote supplied for this DVR?

Some notable buttons on this remote that make it difficult to choose a universal are as follows...

1. The big one is the large IO button which accesses the main menu including;
a. channel guide
b. On Demand
c. Active Rental

This is the core button of the remote and is used all the time.

2. Live
a. when you have paused live tv and now wish to see it in real time

3. record.
a. To begin recording immediately what is on

4. DVR
a. To access the recorded shows

5. A, B, C used to do obscure things like move to a new date, accept recording?, return to recorded programs etc.

6. Page up/page down: to scroll through the guide quickly.

Solutions? The harmony remotes have some of these features, but not all. The 680 is close, but missing the IO button, A,B,C, and page up/page down and DVR.

All of these buttons for me need to be accessible without going into menus, and need to make sense for a high WAF, lol (thanks Jakeman!)

If i have to make the sound button really mean IO, or some other hard button really mean something else, she will be lost, and I will undoubtedly forget. :eek:

Discreet codes: I can't imagine anyone but myself being able to figure out how to turn on the avr by itself if through some macro it turns off, so the remote has to be able to know what is on and what is not. I think this means discreet codes. :o

So, anyone, particularly New Yorkers where this system is very prevalent, have any ideas or can share their experiences with the remote of their choice, and how well it is working for them.

Or is it time to scrap the dvr and go TIVO!

Would be nice to have a remote that you can "feel" in the dark, without having to use the backlight, and under $200 would be nice as well.

Thanks to this forum for helping me pick my system, it will all be set up Monday, and I can't freakin wait!!!

My first HT:
Panasonic 47x53 Rear Projection TV
Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD
Athena .5 Speakers
H-100 sub
HK 235 AVR

Thank you Jakeman and Edster for all of your help and time spent on a noob! ;)
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-20-2006, 07:41 AM
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I have the 880, controlling the SA-8300, AVR XR57, TV 42PX60U, and a DVD player. Most of the buttons transfer well (Guide to Guide, exit to exit, record to record, etc...), then I just trained the custom buttons, PVR List, A, B, C, Live etc on page 1; and PIP buttons on page 2 (I seldom use PIP). Every button is there, with a few extras to control things like TV aspect and TvVideo, and they're all lit!

It's a very good remote. An activity like "STB Music" that turns on the 8300 and AVR and starts it on my favorite music channel is awesome (then add 16 other "favorites" and their icons!)

Only problem I have so far is getting the TV to come on at the correct "input" when I watch a DVD. It has to switch from HDMI to DVD, and I can't seem to get the delays set right. Have a custom power button programmed to solve it, but be nice to get it working correctly.

I have attached my layout (Hard buttons and Custom), a bit scrunched since this site won't let you upload anything taller than 600px. I consider page 1 of the custom buttons "hard" not "soft" since they are in your face.

PS: I just noticed you're the guy that bought my Athenas, how do you like them?
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The IO button is no problem and will be easily replaced on just about any universal remote by the "Guide" button. The Live, Transport and DVR buttons are more and more prevalent on a lot of different remotes which makes the only real challenge the A-B and C buttons. The easiest way to make sure you're new remote will give you all of this functionality is to find one with an LCD with the capability to customize "soft" buttons. A soft button is one where you name it whatever you want on the screen and the hard button next to it corresponds to that command. This is easily done on ALL Harmony remotes as well as many from URC and others. I have the SA8300HD myself and it was included as a primary component in ALL of the remote reviews on my site.

And don't scrap it for the Tivo just yet. Right now the SA8300HD is the only way to record HD network stations in NY (at least on LI) without an OTA antenna

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I have the 680 for use with the SA83000HD. I specifically chose the 680 to work with this box because of the dedicated buttons for Live, REC'd, and Skip. I added the very necessary A, B, and C functions to the LCD.
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