Originally Posted by cbrett
I have a TX-NR708 and don't recall having the ability to log into Onkyo's database for live remote codes. I don't recall having that ability with my HT RC-180 either.
It's a very nice feature if your planning to upgrade to newer components in the future, but isn't that why we need to update the firmware periodically?
This is helpful, thank you cbrett.
With the 808 and above, when you enter the receiver setup and go to program your remote, one of the choices you have is to basically tell the receiver which equipment you have precisely, e.g. you tell it you have a Samsung + BD-C6900 blu-ray player, or a Sony + BDP-S1000ES. You can tell it the exact model number and it'll usually find it and give you better out-of-the-box functionality of your remote (better than the codes will provide), without having to use the learning function to learn the few buttons that the generic control codes didn't enable properly/fully. You must point the remote at the receiver, and the receiver
then programs it. In setting these receivers up for my friends and family, I like giving them the ability to seamlessly set up their equipment now and especially in the future, when I'm not there to guide them through it. This feature helps with that especially as time marches on. A minor pity that the 708 doesn't have it. For this and other reasons, I think I'll be recommending the 808 at a minimum.
To the truly money-strapped, the HT-RC270 (basically a 708) should do. It's $100 less than the 708, the remote's the same, and it can learn. I'm finding some (most) people prefer the Onkyo remote, when set up properly, to others -- including Harmony remotes. As long as it has the Activity buttons, then it'll definitely do nicely for most setups.