Originally Posted by bcarroll01
I am thinking of getting my parents a Harmony one remote for christmas. I believe all their components will work with one from what I checked. I was mainly wondering how easy it was to set up and ease of use. I can get one new for under $150 but don't have that long to decide.
In most cases with most components, it's pretty easy to set up. If you read back through this thread, you will find people struggling with this or that component, or with certain unusual kinds of situations. That's why this forum is here--to get help for such situations. I think most people set up their system with ease. Obviously, your parents will need a PC with an internet connection to do the programming, and this will be needed again if any changes need to be made.
The main points to be aware of are:
1. The H1 sets up activities, like Watch TV, or Play BluRay. This is in contrast to other universal remotes, which can pose as the individual remotes for each component in sequence (e.g., to watch TV using the typical universal remote, you tell the remote to act like the AVR's remote so you can tyurn on the receiver and choose input, tell the remote to be the cable box's remote and turn that on and choose the channel, then tell the remote to be the TV's remote and switch on the TV). In contrast, the H1 will do all of these things (except the channel choice) with a single button press, and it will remember which components to shut off if you change activities or turn off the system.
2. You can add buttons to the touch screen for specific functions that the H1 doesn't assign on its own. For example, I have a button that chooses to turn Audyssey on and off. So you need to add these button choices when you program the remote (or you can add them later and reprogram it)--it's not hard.