Originally Posted by bustamelon
Can anyone say whether the remote for these units can be used to control devices other than the display itself and a STB?
Or if we're better using a 3rd party Universal remote? I read the codes list in the manual and it only mentions Settop boxes. Which is fine. I do have a Harmony 880 but I prefer the remote that comes with our U-Verse box in general, just for the size and feel of the buttons. It allows control of 4 devices total, but doesn't have any advanced "scripting" or sequencing features (ie, one button triggers several actions, say, to power on the TV, the STB and the AVR, then sets the "mode" to TV for changing channels, etc). The Harmony does all this but it's far from perfect -- the sequences don't always work right, it's a major PITA to program, and as I said, the buttons are icky.
I tried the ipad app with a 7000 and it worked flawlessly. Not having the remote blaster that comes with the 8 prevented me from trying its additional functionality.
As for Harmony remotes, I've got one for my wife so that she has one remote for everything. I didn't set up the "activities" because my experience is that if you want to do something other than what the activities are set to do, it's more trouble than what it's worth. It is easy to set up for what they allow you to do,... I just don't like that I'm tied down to their setups.
As for myself, I use an old pronto tsu-3000 and it works flawlessly. It does take time to program it with all of my remote codes, but once completed I was able to set up any macros I wanted to. As a bonus, setups and codes can be downloaded and shared with other people since it isn't server based. I really like that I can create macros to do EXACTLY what I want them to (i.e. turn on receiver, set volume at -20db, set input to blu-ray, turn on blu-ray, turn on tv, set tv input to blu-ray) with just one button. Also, I can put any button on any screen regardless of the device. I'd like to upgrade to something more current, but I also don't want to spend the $$$$. The 9300
9400 looks like it would be a nice fit for me, but I haven't seen any used ones for sale at a price I can swallow. Someday
I've heard that URC's are nice, but I also understand that its difficult to get your hands on the programming software for personal use. Because of that, I've never gotten one to try.Edited by dlmax63 - 9/8/12 at 11:57am