Originally Posted by oedius
I am looking to buy a remote very soon and have narrowed it down to the Harmony 700, URC-R50, or Acoustic Reasearch Xsight Touch. Budget dictates around $100 and must be durable and very user friendly to keep wife happy. Very few components; Samsung 50" Plasma TV, Direct TV receiver, Panasonic BD35 bluray player, Denon AVR 790.
Please help with suggestions.
sorry if this is wrong thread.
I have the same Denon 790, and also a DirecTV DVR, Sony Plasma and DVD player. I picked the Harmony 700 specifically because it looks has nearly all the DirecTV remote buttons (esp. the red/blue/yellow/green). I find it super easy to use, and program (esp. with batpig's help). And my wife can totally use it. It takes a little getting used to (the whole notion of "activities" with "devices" being very secondary), but the end result is great. The "Help" button alone is worth it, solving tons of issues, compared to other multi-device/macro-capable remotes.
My main complaint is that the macros take a while when starting up or switching components and you have to keep the remote pointed at your IR receiver or component shelf. Not much they can do other than be able to blast more commands quickly (but not all devices respond quickly, so not Logitech's fault).
The Harmony just works, the Java program you load on your PC/Mac is great and I was able to get a bunch of different discrete codes added to my profile for even more precise control (i.e. controlling the dynamic volume mode/settings). Heck, I threw in some "favorite channels" using icons from iconharmony.com and now my parents don't even have to use the "Guide" and scroll through when they are over.
Big thumbs up.