Originally Posted by cjb101
You know you can program anything you want to the soft buttons, right? I set mine up to be able to easily switch surround modes with one of the soft buttons.
On any Harmony remote you can reprogram all but a few buttons to do anything. You don't ever have to accept the stock device mappings.
I have the "for Xbox 360" Harmony (it has no apparent model number) and I really like the way that it looks and feels in my hand. I don't much care for the peanut-shaped remotes, so it was between it and the 550. It won by having more hard buttons.
But they're right--any Harmony remote will do what you want.
Actually, I'm a bit down on Harmony recently, since learning that they removed the ability to map macro actions to buttons from the programming interface. With that capability it was the equal of the Home Theater Master remotes with a simpler programming interface; w/o it, the HTMs are more powerful, though still harder to program.