I have some questions. Background first - this would be my first universal remote for my home theater. I don't have many devices to control - a Sony FP, some cheap Lutron IR lighting, a HD cable box, a Denon 5803, an HDDVD player and a Bluray player. Only the projector and the lighting dimmers are in the theater room; the rest are in a middle atlantic rack mounted flush into the side of a closet outside of the room. The theater has a door which I close so as not to disturb the rest of the household when the action begins. So most of the devices to control are not in line of site for IR, making RF a desirable solution. After 3 years of using this setup, I'm tired of having to get up and leave the room to change volume, jump chapters, change cable channels, etc. I watch in total darkness, so the ability to pause the movie and bring up the lights while seated in my recliner for a snack or potty break would be very welcome.
Question Topic #1: I use the budget CIH method of watching 2.35 aspect ratio movies: zoom and shift the Sony's motorized lens to switch between 1.85 and 2.35. I won't go into the details of the key sequence since I'm sure many members are familiar with this. Anyway, will the keys I need to perform this trick be easily available on a Harmony remote ? Will they map to hard keys, or will they be soft keys on the touch screen ? I imagine that since shifting and zooming require holding down a specific key this technique will be difficult to reproduce as a sequence or macro.
. I suppose I could just use the projector's remote, but it would be nice to have just one remote in the room while watching cable or a movie.
Queston Topic #2: Does the "watch movie" activity sequence include "play" for the Bluray device ? BR movies take so long to load up that it can be more than 60 seconds from power on before the main menu comes up. (I have a Pioneer that is really slow, but I love it's analog output and video quality, so it's not getting replaced anytime soon)
And what keys are there on the 900 for things like TOP or TOP Menu which can be used to jump to the main menu screen faster ? (sometimes
Question Topic #3: Blaster, mini Blaster placement.
For the devices that are located in a rack with no door on the front, would this work: putting the receiver in the closet with one mini-blaster mounted at the top of the front side of the rack pointing downwards (if the minis do "point"). From what I've read in this thread so far, the minis splash IR in all directions, meaning they don't have to be in front and pointing at the devices. Otherwise, I think I have some IR emitters that came with an old Ultravision plasma tv that I could, with the right adaptors, use for each device. For the projector and lighting, I should be able to get by with direct IR to each.
One other question - does the setup software play nice with a Mac ? I'm not running Snow Leopard (yet) but I seem to recall seeing comments that hinted at problems for Mac users.
The price on the 900 seems to have down a lot since this thread was started, so much so that it appears to be cost competitive to the cost of a H1 + an IR repeater kit and the hassle of getting that wired up through my walls and into the equip closet. I'm hoping maybe for a good Black Friday deal on the 900 too.