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post #1 of 11 Old 02-15-2007, 07:45 AM - Thread Starter
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I've got these components that I want to control:

Samsung HL-S5087W television
Scientific Atlanta 8350 cable box
Panasonic 5-disc progressive scan DVD player
Sony DVD player to be used as CD player
Harmon Kardon AVR-635 receiver
XBOX360 (might get the HD-DVD later on)

Would the 880 be overkill for this?

I plan on having activities:

Watch DVD movies with/without surround sound
Watch TV shows with/without surround sound
Play XBOX with/without surround sound
Listen to radio
Listen to CD player

Would a cheaper remote be able to do this? if so, which one?

I don't think I will need both an activity for watching stuff with surround and one for without surround. I just have to decide what i can live with.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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All of the Harmony remotes are the same when it comes to functionality and programming. The only difference between them is the button layout and battery type.

Pick the one that fits your needs.
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It would be for me. Since you use the Xbox you may want to look at the harmony 360 which has specific buttons for the Xbox. The key differences with the 880 are the color LCD, more buttons and recharable batteries. If those are important features to you then it may be worth it. The programmability and control aspect are the same in all of the Harmony family

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Without looking up all the specs, I'm assuming they all have at least 5-6 activity buttons, right?
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I'm assuming they all have at least 5-6 activity buttons, right?

Not really. The remotes will all support many more activities than that, but how you access them differs. Some have 3 dedicated activity buttons for one touch access to those activities, plus a "more activities" button which then brings up a menu on the LCD to show the less frequently used ones (with varying #s of activities per page).

With some models, there are no dedicated buttons, you have to hit the "activities" button, then select from LCD (again with varying # of activities per page) for all the activities.

I wouldn't get the Harmony 360 just because you have Xbox; all will control it just putting the ABXY buttons on the LCD instead. Only choose it if you prefer button layout + color.
Personally the 670 is my favorite of the bunch right now, for me button separation/size/feel trumps color LCD/LiIon batteries.
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Theres a reason the 880 thread has over 1800 posts.....get it and you wont be disappointed.
I personally tried 2 other remotes below the 880 and am very glad that Logitech/Harmony came out with this one.
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Theres a reason the 880 thread has over 1800 posts.....get it and you wont be disappointed.
I personally tried 2 other remotes below the 880 and am very glad that Logitech/Harmony came out with this one.

When I do a compare on Logitech's site it shows that the 880 has 8 activity buttons, a color screen and is rechargeable. I don't care about any of those. Are there any other reasons the 880 is so popular?
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When I do a compare on Logitech's site it shows that the 880 has 8 activity buttons, a color screen and is rechargeable. I don't care about any of those. Are there any other reasons the 880 is so popular?

It looks cool. It's not that much pricier than the others. For the channels and activities, you can insert cute little icons.

Agree with what tokerblue says: they're all the same. Pick the one you like.

Personally, I have a 360 but I thought the remote made for it looked gaudy and cheap. And I didn't like the hold/button layout of the 880. So bought a 550. But that's just me. You may differ.
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The other thing I really like about the 880/1000 is the tilt sensor. If you watch a lot of TV and movies in the dark like I do, it's very convenient to just be able to pick the remote up and have it light up. That aside, I just like having the larger LCD so all but one of my activities show up on the screen without having to page through.
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I have the 880 and really like it but the one thing I dislike is the form over function buttons. They are not as easy to operate in the dark, due to there sleek profile. The lit buttons don't help that much as the backlight is not bright enough in my opinion to help much in a dark room. Some of the lower Harmony models seem to have larger buttons and the same capabilities.
An 880 with bigger brighter more tactile buttons and a grippier housing would be close to perfection.
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I have the 880.

I got it before I realized that they're all the same in terms of functions!

I've since programmed dozens of 659s.

I'd recommend the 659 for its price, ease of use, and ergonomics
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