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post #31 of 61
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Originally Posted by bguzman View Post

I recently switched from Harmony remotes in my HT and living room. I am using this one,URC-RFS200, in my living room and this one, ARRX18G, in my HT. I too was a little worried about programing but if you read and follow the instructions it is pretty easy. The RF of the URC is rock solid if you require such a feature. The AR has PC software to assist in programing and offers more than enough features and flexibility to satisfy your needs. Google for best prices. I would recommend these for anyone looking for a good inexpensive remote, good luck.

Thanks.
I'm worried about software/product code updates w/ a URC if I buy it online. I found a B&M store locally that is an authorized dealer and does internet sales as well. I need to call them to confirm they offer free or affordable updates. I see everyone on Amazon, etc. complaining about it being a one time deal, meaning almost nonexistent support/updates if not bought from an authorized dealer.
post #32 of 61
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Your examples look like 2 sequences to me. You just happen to be changing 2 setting while in the setup menus. However, you probably don't have to go through all of that on a universal remote. I don't know what receiver you have, but settings like dyn vol and midnight usually have discrete commands. Just because they aren't on your remote doesn't mean they don't exist. So in your examples, each setting would most likely be a single command, with no need to dig into the menus at all. If you post your receiver model, I can tell you for sure.

If it turns out you really do need the whole sequence, they can probably be rolled into activities. My guess is you don't change these settings several times inside an activity. You probably decide before hand whether you want dyn vol on or off. In that case, just make activities "Watch Movie Dyn Vol On" and "Watch Movie Dyn Vol Off". So there are still several solutions to get about any good universal working for your setup.

My favorite universal remotes aren't even on your radar but are very inexpensive and can do all you ask. So you may want to consider those as well. The cheapest is JP1 ($20 remote + $30 programming interface), and next is Xsight Touch ($50) that bguzman suggested. JP1 is very powerful and fast, but lacks an LCD, which is a deal breaker for many. The Xsight is a much better remote than the 700 or similarly priced URC, even better in some respects than a $250 900, like having practically unlimited macros. But unlike harmony, Xsight lacks state tracking. JP1 and higher end URCs do state tracking (JP1 is limited to 8 states it can track). But if your devices have discrete power and input commands, this is a non-issue.

To answer your other question, it's impossible to work pauses into a hacked sequence on an 1100, but they're no problem if you put them in an activity. The Xsight, JP1, and higher end URCs, can handle variable length pauses fine in any macro step.

So before you decide we need to determine if those discrete commands for dyn vol and midnight exist, possibly eliminating the need for your long sequences.

Thanks for taking the time to help me...
I see your point if there's a single command to get there, each might be considered a separate sequence, one for activating dynamic volume and one for which setting (midnight).
my receiver is: Denon AVR-3310CI

I'll check out the suggested remotes. I'm open for anything.
post #33 of 61
The harmony database does indeed have all DynVol discretes, so you won't need sequences for those. Here are all the harmony commands for your receiver:

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ChLevel
DirectionDown
DirectionLeft
DirectionRight
DirectionUp
DynamicEq
DynamicEQVolAllOff
DynamicEQVolEvening
DynamicEQVolMidnight
DynamicEQVolToggle
DynamicVolume
DynamiEQVolOn
Enter
InputCd(InputCD)
InputDtu
InputDvd
InputDvr
InputHdp
InputiPod
InputMode
InputNet/Usb
InputPhono
InputSat/Cbl
InputSatTu
InputTuner
InputTv
InputV-Aux
InputVcr
iPodNextTrack
iPodPause
iPodPlay
iPodPreviousTrack
iPodStop
Menu
ModeCinema
ModeDirect/Stereo
ModeMusic
ModePure
ModeSimu
ModeStandard
MultiEq
Mute
Party
PowerOff
PowerOff-MainZone
PowerOn
PowerOn-MainZone
PresetNext
PresetPrev
QuickSelect1
QuickSelect2
QuickSelect3
RestorerMode
Return
Search
Sleep
SourceSelect
Speaker
TuneDown
TunerBand
TunerMemory
TunerMode
TunerPreset1
TunerPreset2
TunerPreset3
TunerPreset4
TunerPreset5
TunerPreset6
TunerPreset7
TunerPreset8
TunerPreset9
TunerShift
TunerShiftBankA
TunerShiftBankB
TunerShiftBankC
TunerShiftBankE
TunerShiftBankF
TunerShiftBankG
TuneUp
VideoSelect
VolumeDown
VolumeUp


Of course these (and many more) can be added to any remote that takes pronto hex, or you could add them to a $10 JP1 remote and teach them to any other remote.
post #34 of 61
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

The harmony database does indeed have all DynVol discretes, so you won't need sequences for those.

Of course these (and many more) can be added to any remote that takes pronto hex, or you could add them to a $10 JP1 remote and teach them to any other remote.

Wow! That's incredible... thanks for finding this.
I'll check the other remotes you and "bugz" suggested, but maybe I should just get a Harmony and not have to worry. Although I might figure out some sequences I'd like to create in the future, but if I can just create them as activities on a Harmony, I should be fine. ...and no worry about product updates from URC.

thanks again!
post #35 of 61
Harmony will be the easiest to set up since the codes you need are already there. The others, including URC, will take some work tracking down and importing the codes. For harmony, check out the Chart link in my signature and find the model that has the right number of devices and is rechargeable (probably the 700).

Good luck
post #36 of 61
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Harmony will be the easiest to set up since the codes you need are already there. The others, including URC, will take some work tracking down and importing the codes. For harmony, check out the Chart link in my signature and find the model that has the right number of devices and is rechargeable (probably the 700).

Good luck

cool thanks again... I think 700 might be the best way to go for me at this point.
post #37 of 61
I recently brought a Harmony 1100, and have been using Xsight RF remote too. Can i use both the remotes togather with RF option?.. I mean not at the same time.. but having the Harmony Remote mounted on the side table, while using Xsight for changing channels and volume?
post #38 of 61
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Originally Posted by ourmanritter View Post

cool thanks again... I think 700 might be the best way to go for me at this point.

I will say that I have had a lot of problems with two harmony 700s and that funky cable they use for charging. My dad has had nothing but problems with the charging circuits in harmony ones. Personally I think the 650 is a better option with some good batteries ... R50 is probably a better option but now we are getting into opinion.
post #39 of 61
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Originally Posted by pauleyc View Post

I will say that I have had a lot of problems with two harmony 700s and that funky cable they use for charging. My dad has had nothing but problems with the charging circuits in harmony ones. Personally I think the 650 is a better option with some good batteries ... R50 is probably a better option but now we are getting into opinion.

The early versions of the H-1 had a cradle issue (not seating properly) the later ones have no charging issues related to the cradle, I have two, no issues.

HH
post #40 of 61
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Originally Posted by pauleyc View Post

I will say that I have had a lot of problems with two harmony 700s and that funky cable they use for charging. My dad has had nothing but problems with the charging circuits in harmony ones. Personally I think the 650 is a better option with some good batteries ... R50 is probably a better option but now we are getting into opinion.

Since the 700 uses regular AA rechargeables, you could always take them out to charge if you had to. I never had any problems, but I only recharged mine every few months (I kept my backlight time really short).

Holyindian, no problem using both so long as both blasters/remotes can reach your devices.
post #41 of 61
I just bought and programed the Harmony One to control 61" Hitachi rear projector, Denon 5803 receiver, Denon 2010ci DVD/SACD, Directv HD64 box. All effective, very intuitive. Won't however work to control the Wii (obvious reasons) but will probably work for a PS3.
On sale @ SEARS for $163.00
post #42 of 61
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Originally Posted by SWEENSTER View Post

I just bought and programed the Harmony One to control 61" Hitachi rear projector, Denon 5803 receiver, Denon 2010ci DVD/SACD, Directv HD64 box. All effective, very intuitive. Won't however work to control the Wii (obvious reasons) but will probably work for a PS3.
On sale @ SEARS for $163.00

For your PS3 you'll need an IR converter.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1318737#others
post #43 of 61
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

The others, including URC, will take some work tracking down and importing the codes.

Have you ever programmed a URC remote? The remote code database in CCP is quite extensive.
post #44 of 61
I was thinking low end, non-PC programmable, like an R50. You're right that other models likely have all the codes.
post #45 of 61
OK, that makes sense.
post #46 of 61
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Originally Posted by holyindian View Post

I recently brought a Harmony 1100, and have been using Xsight RF remote too. Can i use both the remotes togather with RF option?.. I mean not at the same time.. but having the Harmony Remote mounted on the side table, while using Xsight for changing channels and volume?

I can confirm that Xsight and Harmony 1100 works perfectly well togather.
I have the rf extender for both xsight and harmony both side by side on the gadgets, and they work well.
post #47 of 61
Wow, what a boatload of talent and expertise here!
I have a Denon 3310
Panasonic Viera Plasma Viera 50 inch (2011)
Panasonic Viera Blu Ray Player (2011)
JVC CD Player (2002)
Time Warner Cable HD Cable Box.

Just want to go from 5 remotes to 1. Would Harmony 600 suffice, or 700? 600 seems to be priced well ($35-$40).

Thanks.
post #48 of 61
All have at least 5 devices and have the same device database and config software. So the 600 would suffice. It comes down to your personal preference for the features below, and budget.

600 has a black and white LCD
650 adds a color LCD
700 adds 1 to 3 devices depending on software and a rechargeable battery and charger

For more details check out the Chart link in my signature.
post #49 of 61
Thanks. One more question, anyone experience the Nstinct X10 with the goofy-looking website? Seems too good to be true, especially if it's RF capable...at least it says the signal will go through cabinet doors, glass doors, etc. Priced at around $30-$40.
post #50 of 61
Not counting for harmony remotes since they are selling their product line, currently what is the best universal remote for under $200 that does not need an installer to program?

The best I can find after some research is the URC R40/R50?????
post #51 of 61
You need more specific requirements than the "best". The URC WR7 is a very good remote for $20 that may satisfy most of your requirements (if we knew what those were). I'm a fan of JP1 remotes. They have extremely sophisticated programming capabilities, free software, free support, unlimited devices and macro length, state tracking and more. They typically cost around $15, and require an optional cable for PC/Mac/Linux programming. The URC RF20 is another good low cost option. Around your price point the MX-450 is a good option.
post #52 of 61
Sorry,

When I say the best I mean the best all around performing remote.

I want something that is not too complicated to setup. I feel like the harmony process was the easiest so far, tried my buddies R40 for a day and could not figure out the whole discrete code thing...so I could not get it to work like I wanted to.
post #53 of 61
In that case, it looks like harmony is still the best choice. JP1 and other cheap remotes require even more effort to program than the R40.
post #54 of 61
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Originally Posted by soundwhat View Post

Not counting for harmony remotes since they are selling their product line,

You mean Logitech's ditching their Harmony line, that sounds like (potentially) great news, who's snatching it up, do you know?
post #55 of 61
An old iPhone, Networked AVR, and dedicated Apps....Apple Remote, XBOX Smartglass, Tivo, DirecTV App, Hulu Plus App, Roku App...regardless of the support and marketing the eventual purchaser of Harmony puts in, the tide can't be turned. Smartphones will control it all within a couple years, if not sooner. Even now an old iPhone G3 is all I need to control my entire system, in a very user friendly and uncomplicated manner. Vizio, I need a remote App for your networked TV's...but Auto Shutoff works for the time being!

Put your old phone to good use....it will only get better!
post #56 of 61
PS...add an Apple TV, Plex, and Airplay Mirroring to the equation and you'll be rethinking the entire Paradigm of your system...
post #57 of 61
I don't think that a perfect universal remote control exists. A logitech harmony remote is great for turning on or turning off all of your equipment at the same time. And its also nice to be able to create custom buttons.

But at the same time, some of the new remote control apps do things that a harmony remote could never dream of. The directv app is a particularly good example. Not only can you change the channels and research shows, but you can also watch certain channels live from the app and even program your dvr from anywhere with an internet connection.

I'd say the perfect remote is a combination of things right now. A harmony remote combined with an ipad is probably the best option.
post #58 of 61
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Originally Posted by happycricket View Post

I don't think that a perfect universal remote control exists. A logitech harmony remote is great for turning on or turning off all of your equipment at the same time. And its also nice to be able to create custom buttons.

But at the same time, some of the new remote control apps do things that a harmony remote could never dream of. The directv app is a particularly good example. Not only can you change the channels and research shows, but you can also watch certain channels live from the app and even program your dvr from anywhere with an internet connection.

I'd say the perfect remote is a combination of things right now. A harmony remote combined with an ipad is probably the best option.

Has anyone used the L5 Remote app from the apple store? I am looking at getting something (app or physical) remote that allows me to control my networked AVR (denon 3312), TV, Blu Ray, Comcast box, Roku and maybe one or two additional things as I get them.

Any thoughts? I will pay for an app, buy a remote, etc. I would like to keep it under $100 and hopefully something exists that doesn't require me to be a programmer to figure it out. I admit I have never used a Harmony line remote so dont have a frame of reference. Also, I would like to be able to do some macros so I can program something like (turn TV on, wait 2 seconds Turn AVR on, wait 2 seconds, Turn Cable on). Nothing too advanced like controlling lights (yet, haha). Also, i would like it to be able to perform other functions like initiate and do Auddysey setup as I change speaker configurations. Any help is appreciated!
Edited by MNaudioguy - 2/7/13 at 6:55am
post #59 of 61
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Originally Posted by jalyst View Post

You mean Logitech's ditching their Harmony line, that sounds like (potentially) great news, who's snatching it up, do you know?

*BUMP* @soundwhat

TY.
post #60 of 61
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Originally Posted by MNaudioguy View Post

Any thoughts? I will pay for an app, buy a remote, etc. I would like to keep it under $100 and hopefully something exists that doesn't require me to be a programmer to figure it out. I admit I have never used a Harmony line remote so dont have a frame of reference. Also, I would like to be able to do some macros so I can program something like (turn TV on, wait 2 seconds Turn AVR on, wait 2 seconds, Turn Cable on). Nothing too advanced like controlling lights (yet, haha). Also, i would like it to be able to perform other functions like initiate and do Auddysey setup as I change speaker configurations. Any help is appreciated!
Have you ready the excellent thread on selecting a remote:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1318737/remote-control-faq-buyers-guide-and-programming-thread

A Harmony remote would be ideal, BUT it requires some customization for your device configuration, and a new one will be above your price range. If you are prepared to put the effort in a used model from eBay (with a guarantee) will get you going. Some models to consider are the 650, 680, 700, and Harmony One.

Any of them will be able to send Audyssey setup commands, but this is typically a one-time or very infrequent function so that is a non issue.
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