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Harmony 676- what are pic and sound keys?

post #1 of 9
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What are the pic and sound hard keys on the Harmony 676 remote? They don't seem to do anything. I'd like to assign or learn a function but that doesn't seem to be an option in the keypad mapping screen for device or activities. Also, what is the Media key?? That doesn't seem to do anything either.
post #2 of 9
I'm no expert, but this is my experience.

The Pic button give you quick access to all the functions for whatever device is displaying your picture (such as a TV or Front-projector), and the Sound button gives you quick access to all the functions for the device that is running your sound.

From my experience, this only really provides much use if you are using a separate sound system, and watching something other than just TV. I have two Harmony remotes; one for my theater, and one for a very simple tv/dvd/vcr setup in another room.

When I'm watching TV on my secondary, more simple setup, the "Pic" and "Sound" buttons don't really serve a purpose, since the TV is providing the source signal (tv tuner), and outputting the sound.

But when I'm, say, watching a DVD in my theater, that is when the "Pic" and "Sound" buttons are valuable (to me at least), as I can access all functions for my front-projector (via Pic), and my Receiver (via Sound).

You can, of course, add functions from ancillary devices to the normal "Activity" button setup, but the Pic and Sound buttons really provide any and all functions which may not fit into your Activity button mapping.

Some people find these buttons quite useless, but I do use them. It would be better for all if these buttons were user-customizable (meaning the ability to assign the button to another function), but unfortunately they are not.

Hope that helps!
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Originally Posted by globule View Post

I'm no expert, but this is my experience....

Thanks for taking the time but I'm still not sure I get it. What do you mean by "quick access"? I do use a separate home theater audio system with a plasma monitor. When I push the PIC button though nothing happens on the screen and I don't see anything in the LCD window on the remote. Same with my Yamaha receiver when I press SOUND. Ideally I'd like to see all of the DSP audio options (enhanced Dolby, Sci Fi, Adventure etc) available on my receiver but if I can't program or learn them....how do I benefit? Same with PIC. I'd like to see split screen, PIP and the other things I can do with my Panny plasma monitor. I'm missing something here.

Any idea what the media button is?
post #4 of 9
You haven't programmed any function to it yet. When you sign in to your account on the Logitech website, you will be able to access the activity that you want to modify. There's a choice to change the behaviour of the buttons. Once isnside there you will see tabs for the current activity and Pic and sound tabs. Click on one of those and you will then have access to the functions that you will be able to program to the buttons. Once you get it the way you want it, upload it to your remote and you should be good.

Just to clarify, I'm going by memory, so don't hold me to this to nth degree.

Hopefully, you'll have enough info to get it done.

Good Luck!
post #5 of 9
DIY Guy, thanks for the added detail. I didn't realize that his "Pic" and "Sound" buttons weren't showing anything on the LCD screen.

As for the media button, it can be used for Favorite Channels for viewing TV (this will show as "Setup your Favorite Channels" next to the activity that supports it, such as watching TV), and also for choosing movies/albums from Multi-disc DVD/CD changers, etc.
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Originally Posted by DIY Guy View Post

You haven't programmed any function to it yet. When you sign in to your account on the Logitech website, you will be able to access the activity that you want to modify. There's a choice to change the behaviour of the buttons. Once isnside there you will see tabs for the current activity and Pic and sound tabs. Click on one of those and you will then have access to the functions that you will be able to program to the buttons. Once you get it the way you want it, upload it to your remote and you should be good.

Just to clarify, I'm going by memory, so don't hold me to this to nth degree.

Hopefully, you'll have enough info to get it done.

Good Luck!

AHHHH! I was looking for pic and sound under the list of buttons along will all the other buttons. I didn't realize those two features are selected at the top under separate headers. The obvious question then is...if I originally set up the functions under each device and then again under each activity why would there be a need for a third quick access configuration?

Oh wait, I'm a dumb ass! Okay I think I get it now. Under Watch TV activity most of my remote functions are mapped to my Set Top Box for cable and receiver for mute and volume. I could push the pic button and toggle to my monitor functions and manipulate PIP, aspect and other stuff. Hit sound and select a DSP from the receiver.

This little thing is pretty damn versatile. Probably take me a month to get it just right.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Oh wait, I'm a dumb ass! Okay I think I get it now. Under Watch TV activity most of my remote functions are mapped to my Set Top Box for cable and receiver for mute and volume. I could push the pic button and toggle to my monitor functions and manipulate PIP, aspect and other stuff. Hit sound and select a DSP from the receiver.

This little thing is pretty damn versatile. Probably take me a month to get it just right.

Precisely the reason I think any Harmony without "pic" and "sound" is a waste. Those buttons are very handy and I use them all the time.
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Precisely the reason I think any Harmony without "pic" and "sound" is a waste. Those buttons are very handy and I use them all the time.

Odd that there is nothing about this feature in the installation booklet. I couldn't find an explanation at the Harmony FAQ web site either. As it has many times for me....AVS forum saves the day!
post #9 of 9
I echo cherry ghost's sentiment. In particular, I never realized how much of my sound system's capabilities I was missing out on until I got my Harmony 670 and set up the Sound soft keys. None of my previous universal remotes had enough buttons to be able to control everything that I wanted to and I hate having multiple remotes in my family room, so I just did without a lot of the sound controls.
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