Originally Posted by Jed1
My faith has been shattered. I started with HD back in 2004 and I have had nothing but bad luck at every step. The infamous RCA DLP world wide search for parts caused by Thompson Electronics selling RCA to TCL of china. I heavily invested in the losing side (HD DVD) of the format war. Suffered through the DTS Master Audio bomb which wiped out my front speakers. I ended up throwing a Pioneer receiver in the garbage. Plasma buzzing and Pioneer exiting the TV business. Failing Onkyo HDMI boards. And of course good ole Rovi walking away from TVGOS. These are just some of the bigger issues I faced.
I did dodge one bullet as I didn't buy the 3 tuner Moxi and Mate as I was pretty gun shy. When I just about made up my mind to purchase one Arris ended sales for the retail Moxis.
Oh great, my 1 day old TiVo just reset itself while I was watching it.
Hmmm .... makes me glad I've stuck with Sony.
Before I go further, let me say that I am sympathetic to your situation and sincerely hope that the truly important things in life - family, health, love - are all right with you.
Our first HDTV was a 2004 Toshiba which was crap (nothing wrong with the brand - we have 2 Toshiba laptops which are solid). Lesson learned, we wanted a Sony. When plasma & DLP first showed up, we stayed away precisely because Sony did the same. We bought a Sony floor-standing rear projection 48" (4:3). One year later it was on eBay, replaced with the rear-projection LCD 50" (2 years) then a 60" (2 years), then a 55" flat-screen LCD (2 years), then the 55" 3D. All replaced units (save the first flat-screen) went on eBay for 60-80% of original cost to local buyers who picked them up. Never an issue with any of them.
The DTS audio bomb is new to me, but as I Google it I see that it was most common on Onkyo equipment and I did not see Sony mentioned much.
My friends in AV tell me that the newer Panasonic plasma televisions are solid but all of the early plasma TVs suffered from burn-in, image fade (which could not be repaired) and, yes, buzzing. Sony has never offered a plasma TV that I am aware of.
Our STR-DG1100 receivers are each 7 years old and are rock solid. The PS3 is the best Blu-Ray player made by far (we are not gamers - my husband bought this for his mother to do email but when the iPad came out we got it back). Our speakers are Boze. And of course, 2 TiVos (one S3, one Premiere, both purchased as used, no problems so far, fingers are crossed).
And then there's the DHG. In 2004 Sony was the only company to pursue an HD DVR that used a subscription-free service. Shortly after it was introduced, cable and satellite companies started offering higher-capacity DVRs for less than $15/month. Sony saw the writing on the wall and discontinued the DHG very quickly. The fact that the DHG has lasted almost 8 years (and for many of us is still going strong) makes it to my way of thinking a smashing success. Others will disagree strongly. That's their right. But there's no disputing Joe is correct - nothing lasts forever.
I don't blame you in the slightest for avoiding Harmony given your experience. When I say I have faith in the marketplace, I believe that the Harmony is a solid concept with a strong following and that I'm betting it will be purchased by a reliable provider that will keep the line - and the IR database - going.
We've tried a lot of remotes - and I mean a lot (including the RMVLZ6200). With all respect to HP, the Harmony One is the best I've ever used. Nothing else has come close.
One person's opinion, nothing more.Edited by mac24 - 6/21/13 at 7:02am