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The best for 2011. If you get up and have nothing to regret it was a good evening the night before.

Have yourself a Happy New Year Amigo!! See you on the other side.


Seth
post #542 of 1294
I will predict we all go over to Seth's (ohyeah32) house in 2011 and see his new 152" plasma.



Wabo you have a great 1/1/11 and a great 1/11/11 and also a fantastic 11/1/11 and 11/11/11 this year.
post #543 of 1294
Happy New Year Wabo buddy! Hope you are warm in Minnesota! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2011!
post #544 of 1294
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Thanks, guys.

A very happy 2011 to each and everyone! I tell ya, it's been a coffee kind of morning. We let our kids stay up to watch the ball drop. We thought since they went to bed so late, they'd sleep in. Nope!
post #545 of 1294
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Thanks, guys.

A very happy 2011 to each and everyone! I tell ya, it's been a coffee kind of morning. We let our kids stay up to watch the ball drop. We thought since they went to bed so late, they'd sleep in. Nope!

I hate when that happens.
post #546 of 1294
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I've been toying with the idea of getting an universal remote for sometime now. But for some reason, I never pull the trigger. I guess I've become content with how things work. I've gotten pretty good navigating my sea of remotes. Keep in mind, I know next to nothing about universal remotes. This week in Best Buys ad, they have the Harmony 1100 on sale for $299. That's a $100 bucks off. I see a lot of members use harmonies. Is this is a good deal? How about the remote? Is the 1100 a decent one? Or would you suggest a different universal remote? Thanks!




These are the remotes I use. I've stored the other ones. No sense in taking up valuable real estate.

post #547 of 1294
I love my harmony. I have the 880 and my wife jokes that it saved our marriage. She would get so angry having to figure out which remote to grab to do things and I only had a fraction of the number you have. I picked mine up used for 25 bucks.
post #548 of 1294
I have Harmony's and they are ok...I find depending on how many things you ask it to do say at start up, they can be slow (i.e.) My wife never holds it steady enough when she uses it, so something doesn't get turned on or set to the right setting...

I just picked up the L5 remote for ipad, ipod touch or iphone(I know you returned your ipad), so for $50 or so it seems kinda cool...you can customize it etc. link


I'll let you know how it works out...
post #549 of 1294
Wabo, why not something like Control 4? It is very affordable with loads of expandibility and completely retrofit.
post #550 of 1294
You can always go nevo
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Originally Posted by bencorn View Post

I love my harmony. I have the 880 and my wife jokes that it saved our marriage. She would get so angry having to figure out which remote to grab to do things and I only had a fraction of the number you have. I picked mine up used for 25 bucks.

That's awesome, bencorn. And only $25! Stellar deal. I'm still sitting on the fence.
post #552 of 1294
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Originally Posted by KahunaCanuck View Post

I have Harmony's and they are ok...I find depending on how many things you ask it to do say at start up, they can be slow (i.e.) My wife never holds it steady enough when she uses it, so something doesn't get turned on or set to the right setting...

I just picked up the L5 remote for ipad, ipod touch or iphone(I know you returned your ipad), so for $50 or so it seems kinda cool...you can customize it etc. link

I'll let you know how it works out...

So with the Harmonies you must hold it real steady when using it? What about later at night after a few libations? Also, do you have the Harmony turn on your amps? Is it even capable of that? If I have all my components in line of sight of the Harmony, do I need any RF control? Also, I have a remote for my lights & blackout blinds too. Will any of the Harmonies be able to control these? I know, so many questions. Sorry.

This L5 looks very promising. Please keep me posted on your thoughts and opinions. Thanks, KC!
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Originally Posted by Fanaticalism View Post

Wabo, why not something like Control 4? It is very affordable with loads of expandibility and completely retrofit.

Hi Fanaticalism.

I guess I'm not that familiar with control 4. If I get this correctly, I download the app for free, then contact a dealer for a license? How will it control all my gear?

I'm just concerned I will still need my dedicated remotes to get into the GUI of say, my pre/pro or projector. Are these valid concerns or am I making this more difficult than it needs be? I've been known to that.

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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

You can always go nevo

Too expensive. I don't want to plunk down a lot of coin on an universal remote. Especially my first one.
post #554 of 1294
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

Hi Fanaticalism.

I guess I'm not that familiar with control 4. If I get this correctly, I download the app for free, then contact a dealer for a license? How will it control all my gear?

I'm just concerned I will still need my dedicated remotes to get into the GUI of say, my pre/pro or projector. Are these valid concerns or am I making this more difficult than it needs be? I've been known to that.



Too expensive. I don't want to plunk down a lot of coin on an universal remote. Especially my first one.

http://www.control4.com/residential/

It is basically a unit with flashers and an internet connection where your components are located. You can use any iDevice as a controller or purchase an HC300 which comes with a remote that has an OLED display on it.

C4 is basically a cost friendly home automation system that can be done a step at a time or just a one room solution.

You won't need your remotes every again!
post #555 of 1294
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

So with the Harmonies you must hold it real steady when using it? What about later at night after a few libations? Also, do you have the Harmony turn on your amps? Is it even capable of that? If I have all my components in line of sight of the Harmony, do I need any RF control? Also, I have a remote for my lights & blackout blinds too. Will any of the Harmonies be able to control these? I know, so many questions. Sorry.

This L5 looks very promising. Please keep me posted on your thoughts and opinions. Thanks, KC!

You don't really have to hold it steady by any means but if you don't have RF you need to aim it in the direction of your equipment for a few seconds depending on how much you need turned on and switched. Like when I hit "Watch Media Center" it turns on my media center, receiver, projector, and switches my receiver to HDMI1 and it takes about 3 seconds to send those commands. Depending on how long your macro is, you might need to aim it for longer but you can't just hit the button and toss the remote back down unless you have everything set up with RF. I've never found it to be an issue. It will be able to control your blinds and lights as well as long as they have remotes. I set mine up to control an oscillating fan one afternoon just to see if it could.
post #556 of 1294
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Originally Posted by hometheatergeek View Post

I will predict we all go over to Seth's (ohyeah32) house in 2011 and see his new 152" plasma.



Wabo you have a great 1/1/11 and a great 1/11/11 and also a fantastic 11/1/11 and 11/11/11 this year.

If I were to get that beast of a display into my HT, you guys are most welcome to check it out.
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If I were to get that beast of a display into my HT, you guys are most welcome to check it out.

When do you take delivery, Seth? HTG and I already have driving plans, and Frank's Vegimite boat is near completion.
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When do you take delivery, Seth? HTG and I already have driving plans, and Frank's Vegimite boat is near completion.

Lol problem is I was using slice bread for a sail and I got hungry. Back to the shop for me remember don't start without me.
post #559 of 1294
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Ok guys, I'm still on the fence as to what route to take. But apparently I have too much time on my hands because I made a video about my remote control woes. Why not, huh?

I forgot how poorly my camcorder films indoors. Sorry.

Turn it up!

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Great video waboman after seeing it go universal. Man thats alot of remotes!!
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Loved the video amigo!! I've said it before, but everytime I see your setup I am totally wowed! All that McIntosh gear is sweet! And of course we can't leave out the heart of the system, the mighty AVP!

Now about them remotes, you know you almost have as many as I do. I have like 13 of them suckers! Of course the ones I use most often are for the TV, Satellite, AVP, Denon A1UDCI, Denon 2500, Sony CDP-XA20ES, Denon CDR-W1500, and the two Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD players.
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Loved the video amigo!! I've said it before, but everytime I see your setup I am totally wowed! All that McIntosh gear is sweet! And of course we can't leave out the heart of the system, the mighty AVP!

Now about them remotes, you know you almost have as many as I do. I have like 13 of them suckers! Of course the ones I use most often are for the TV, Satellite, AVP, Denon A1UDCI, Denon 2500, Sony CDP-XA20ES, Denon CDR-W1500, and the two Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD players.

You gents need one remote to rule them all, one remote to find them one remote to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
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You gents need one remote to rule them all, one remote to find them one remote to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

Very well said Frank.
post #564 of 1294
Hello again my friend,

Check out this site for everything relating to Universal Remotes.

There you could do some research into which brand of universal would work best with your HT system. Of course you would want to find the best brand that will work with the majority of your equipment plus the remote should be able to learn codes from your OEM remotes in case the universal does not have the proper codes.

Or you could just pay me to come and program which ever remote you do purchase.
post #565 of 1294
My vote is for the harmony One.
I've had one for a year and a half and its awesome.
Does everything it's supposed to and very well engineered. It fits your hand perfectly, the buttons have a nice feel to them, and the touch screen is cool. It also has a good strong ir signal.

I'd pick it over the 1100 because you only need opne hand to use it. They have been on sale around the web for as little as $149 lately.

As for your questions, you don't have to hold it that still, you just have to point it at your system untill it is finished sending signals (which can vary in length depending on how many actions you have in a given macro).

Not sure about turning on your amps, mine auto turns on and off when my reciever gets powered on or off. And you wouldn't need any rf unless you are trying to control something that is out of direct line of sight.
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Originally Posted by Gelinas View Post

My vote is for the harmony One.
I've had one for a year and a half and its awesome.
Does everything it's supposed to and very well engineered. It fits your hand perfectly, the buttons have a nice feel to them, and the touch screen is cool. It also has a good strong ir signal.

I'd pick it over the 1100 because you only need opne hand to use it. They have been on sale around the web for as little as $149 lately.

As for your questions, you don't have to hold it that still, you just have to point it at your system untill it is finished sending signals (which can vary in length depending on how many actions you have in a given macro).

Not sure about turning on your amps, mine auto turns on and off when my reciever gets powered on or off. And you wouldn't need any rf unless you are trying to control something that is out of direct line of sight.

+1 on the Harmony One (or the RF version). I used to be a devoted Philips Pronto Remote user, and would custom design the interface for every device, but I really missed having hard buttons for things like numbers and transport controls. It wasn't until the Harmony One that Logitec offered enough customization of their touch screen so I stuck with the touch-screen only Pronto for a while. The harmony isn't perfect, and the RF version can be a bit sluggish on screen changes when changing devices or activities, but overall it does all that I need it to. If you haven't used a modern universal, the biggest gain from making the switch for me is the ability to control devices by activity. Select "Watch TV" on the touch screen, and the volume control buttons control the preamp, the channel +/- buttons and numeric keypad control the satellite receiver, and touch screen buttons can be customized to control the TV functions, or what have you. This way you don't have to be constantly changing to each device's control, which is just about as much of a pain in the arse as picking up a new remote each time.
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^^^^^^

x2 Coming from Sony RMA touch screen remotes over the last 12 years, this Harmony One is 100x easier to program and it's activities are dumb proof!
post #568 of 1294
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Originally Posted by hometheatergeek View Post

Hello again my friend,

Check out this site for everything relating to Universal Remotes.

There you could do some research into which brand of universal would work best with your HT system. Of course you would want to find the best brand that will work with the majority of your equipment plus the remote should be able to learn codes from your OEM remotes in case the universal does not have the proper codes.

Or you could just pay me to come and program which ever remote you do purchase.

Thanks for the link, HTG. Excellent resource.

The research is done. I've pretty much made up my mind... actually the deal is in place and the money paid.

Now you're more than welcome to stop over, have a cocktail, I'll fire up the BBQ (while you program the new remote) on our way to Seth's for his big unveiling.
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Originally Posted by Gelinas View Post

My vote is for the harmony One.

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Originally Posted by hifisponge View Post

+1 on the Harmony One (or the RF version).

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Originally Posted by roadster-s View Post

this Harmony One is 100x easier to program and it's activities are dumb proof!


You're close, fellas. Very close... but not the One.
post #570 of 1294
Ok if you don't reveal your choice soon I might just have to post that Anticipation video song by Carly Simon again. Looking forward to the unveiling.
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