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post #61 of 99
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Originally posted by halo0
It does, but I still like having the dedicated hard buttons. My other concern with this is that I think it will require an extra key press to get the remote back into "activity" mode. For instance: say I'm wathing my Comcast 6412 DVR and I want to go to the "MyDVR" screen. Since there is not a hard button for it, I'd have to hit "Device", then hit the button from the LCD for MyDVR. Then to get back into the 6412 activity mode I'd have to hit the "Activities" button, then the "Watch DVR" LCD key. That's 4 key presses to accomplish one thing.
You shouldn't have to do all of these steps. All you need to do is program the remote so that when you choose activity "watch dvr" that the "mydvr" button will be displayed on the LCD screen. Am I understanding this post right?

I programed the "page +" key for the "my shows" key on my 688. This is what I love about the Harmonys, you can program whatever button you want to do what you want. This is the way all universal remotes should be programed, with your computer.

I love my 688. I know a lot of you who had tried the 688 didn't like the key layout, but its works great for me. I guess it just depends on personally preference. :D
post #62 of 99
I started with the Sony unit that I could not see, graduated to the MX-700 and saw the new 880 at the EHX show in Orlando. The color screen, the software and having Logitech are big advantages. If I have to wait until June so be it. Having a happy wife that can operate it is "priceless" David
post #63 of 99
Quote:
Originally posted by halo0
It does, but I still like having the dedicated hard buttons.
I believe you do have what are essentially dedicated hard buttons on the 880. On my current Harmony, when everything is off the LCD just displays the Harmony logo and the six hard buttons surrounding the LCD do nothing and are essentially wasted. I have to use the dedicated activity buttons at the top to start my activities, and there are only four of these.

With the 880, I believe the LCD will be "live" when everything is off and that the hard buttons around the LCD will now behave as your activity buttons. And since there are eight of them, I would regard this as a big step up!

Dave
post #64 of 99
can somebody explainto me what the hell is going on?
post #65 of 99
sorry wrong thread
post #66 of 99
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Originally posted by halo0
I was bored so I made a comparison image. I left out the 676 because I have it and I don't like it.

http://home.comcast.net/~p.iott/659vs680vs688vs880.jpg
Halo, your image is very helpful, but is there any way you can add the 676 to it?

I understand that you don't like it, but I'm very interested in it, as it's actually my first choice out of them all.

Thanx!!
post #67 of 99
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Originally posted by AnthonyP
The harmony remote's have always had time/day, it is needed for the guide
That is something I truly don't understand......With all of Harmony's progress, why don't they include a simple clock mechanism on the remote?

That is something that ONE-4-ALL has, and they cost far less, and have far less functionality.

:confused:
post #68 of 99
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by SAMURAI36
Halo, your image is very helpful, but is there any way you can add the 676 to it?
I have expanded images of each remote available on my website, but if you want to see them all together, try this link.
post #69 of 99
The reason I don't like the 676 is that I primarily use it with a Comcast (Motorola) 6412 DVR and I don't think that it matches up very well. I also hate the soft sticky rubbery feel of the buttons, and they are too small and close together for easy no-look channel/guide surfing and DVR functionality. The directional ring is also too small and the way it depresses it is difficult to tell if you've actually pressed it far enough or not. My 2 cents.
post #70 of 99
The pvr/vcr controls have a silly layout and they need an exit button up by the directional/ok controls but other than that it looks close to perfect.

Seems to be the closest thing yet to the Sony TiVo remote, which as we all know is the best controller of all time. Ok, well I know it anyways ;)

My Pronto 3000 needs to be retired I have decided, and this looks like the remote to do it. Having to hit some buttons twice to wake up the remote is just annoying, and that's with the latest patches that are supposed to fix the problem (only works for certain buttons).
post #71 of 99
I was going to get a 676 but after reading this thread I think I'll wait for the 880. This will be my first Harmony remote and I'm looking forward to it.

For those of you currently using a Harmony remote I was wondering how well it sync's up with the other components. My only component that has separate power on and off buttons is my Yamaha RXV-2220 receiver (is that what is meant by discrete codes?). My TV is an Epson LS57v2 but the remote doesn't have direct buttons for input, but rather you have to scroll through the list by repeatedly pushing the tv input button.

Also do you think it would be possible to program the soft keys with tuner presets like a car radio (I usually only listen to 5 or 6 stations) and import the stations picture logo on to the lcd screen?

Thanks for your help

Epson LS57v2, Yamaha RXV-2200, Panasonic RP82, Motorola 6208, Yamaha 5 Disc CD Player
post #72 of 99
it works well as long as you use it the way it was meant to be used, also if things get messed up there is a help button that guides the user to get everything set-up again. When I first got my harmony remote, I was not paying attention and switching back and forth between it and my Pronto, that lead to it (and my Pronto) being constantly out of synch, but as long as you use the Harmony and no other remote or directly accessing the equipment there should be no problems.
post #73 of 99
Do all the buttons light up like my 659? I have been using the remote that came with my Denon 3805 and I have to admit I like how it lights up!
post #74 of 99
Also, any news on a release date for this? Are they close?
post #75 of 99
Thread Starter 
Haven't heard anything new since my last post on the subject. Still "April".

All of the remote's buttons are supposed to be backlit.
post #76 of 99
Mike, do you know what the buttons above device and media are for - are they for sound & picture menu screens?
post #77 of 99
Thread Starter 
The "Glow" button's in the middle, with left and right arrows (to go forward and back screen pages) on either side.
post #78 of 99
Just curious.....I have been a longterm user/owner of two MX-500's among others, and the Harmony 880 caught my eye. I like the dedicated info/menu/guide/exit buttons that the MX500 lacks, and like the idea that it is rechargable.

Just a couple questions, not being exposed to harmony remotes much (and you may not be able to answer yet, since not much seems to be known about the 880 yet), but do the harmony remotes give the the flexablility to learn/program every button from every remote like the MX series, all labeled appropriately? (for lets say 8-10 devices, including x-10 and standard home theater devices)

And does it give you macro capability as does the MX-500 or other mx series remotes?
post #79 of 99
Quote:
Just a couple questions, not being exposed to harmony remotes much (and you may not be able to answer yet, since not much seems to be known about the 880 yet), but do the harmony remotes give the the flexablility to learn/program every button from every remote like the MX series, all labeled appropriately? (for lets say 8-10 devices, including x-10 and standard home theater devices)
yes, at least all the other Harmonies do. Also you are not limited to 5 chars

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And does it give you macro capability as does the MX-500 or other mx series remotes?
it is different. The activity macros are infinite in scope, but the 6xx remotes don't allow for other macros and from what Mike reported Harmony said the same will be true for the 880
post #80 of 99
Like Steve above, I too am anxiously waiting for the 880 to be my first remote. I have people coming over for the Sox home opener and it would be very cool to do everything with a single remote.
post #81 of 99
Hi All,
I'm in need of a remote for my new home theater (that is being set up).

I don't really like the UI of the MX500,850 and am looking at the Harmony 880. I know it isn't out yet, but I'm wondering if anyone here has any 'real world' experience with another recent Harmony model and my equipment:

SA 8300HD DVR
HTPC running Windows Media Center 2005
Lutron Sivoia & RadioRA (via Lutron IR interface)
Sony HS51 projector
Marantz SR-7500 AVR

Thanks!
post #82 of 99
I wonder how customizable the LCD will be...

I wonder if you'll be able to upload your own graphics for the buttons, so I could use a yellow triangle and blue square and red circle to match the on-screen prompts for my Motorola DVR...

I wonder if you'll be able to make a bunch of screens with channel logos, each mapped to a mini-macro to go to the corresponding channel.

That would be cutting into some of the level of customizablity that the Prontos offer. And help to justify the cost, frankly.
post #83 of 99
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by xamphear
I wonder how customizable the LCD will be...

I wonder if you'll be able to upload your own graphics for the buttons, so I could use a yellow triangle and blue square and red circle to match the on-screen prompts for my Motorola DVR...

I wonder if you'll be able to make a bunch of screens with channel logos, each mapped to a mini-macro to go to the corresponding channel.
I was told at CES that you would be able to use your own graphics, but they didn't have much detail beyond that.
post #84 of 99
Mike, what exactly does that mean, "using your own graphics"?

Will you be able to DL graphics onto the remote via computer or something?

(That sounds intriguing).
post #85 of 99
Thread Starter 
Much like you can with a Pronto or MX-3000, create (or borrow) graphics yourself that can be uploaded to your configuration. Based on what I saw of the 880, this ability may be limited (like a particular size or type), but even so, it could be pretty cool. We won't know for sure until it's released.
post #86 of 99
Quote:
Originally posted by MikeSRC
Much like you can with a Pronto or MX-3000, create (or borrow) graphics yourself that can be uploaded to your configuration. Based on what I saw of the 880, this ability may be limited (like a particular size or type), but even so, it could be pretty cool. We won't know for sure until it's released.
That's neat. I hope we'll be able to set our own backgrounds and create our own library of icons. I have to admit the prospect of color channel logos is very alluring.
post #87 of 99
Thread Starter 
I just got word that the "official" release date for the 880 is April 17. This generally means that they will be shipping to distributors on that date, so it would probably be a week or two after that before retailers get them. I still don't have any pricing on it yet, other than the $249 MSRP previously listed. Stay tuned.
post #88 of 99
So, I checked again today and...

There are 5000 pieces coming in early next week to the U.S.

They obviously need to clear customs and then Logitech QC control. If everything goes well, they will be available for sale by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week.

The next shipments coming in are coming "slow boat" and will take at least another month or so to get here. The 5k coming in now are expected to sell out within a week of release...
post #89 of 99
I love my 659, but this model is pretty tempting. I'll probably get it and give the 659 to my parents, since they still use 3 different remotes.
post #90 of 99
I am still a bit confused about the macro program-ability. Does the 880 have it? Is it only done via the PC interface or can it "learn" Ir commands like my MX-500. This unit looks very promising to me. I like the MX-500 OK. I defintely use the macros but my wife is not thrilled with it. It's better than multi-remotes but still not competely intuitive. With a color screen and everything else, the 880 looks like it passes the Wow and WAF test without spending big bucks.
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