How nice we're back on-topic.
Originally Posted by zeuswsu
I've read some comments about the the remote needing to be pointed directly at the center of the Sony TV to get it to work. I'm a bit worried about that because I plan on mounting my tv above my fireplace/mantle.
I use a harmony elite and the IR blasters are setup to the left and about 5 feet below where the tv would be mounted. Do you think I'll have any problems with this setup? I currently have a ef9500 mounted this way and everything works fine. I'm hoping the issue people are describing are more of a problem with the remote then IR receiver on the TV its self.
I also noticed the tv has an IR blaster connection. Would that allow me to plug in an IR reciever to improve the TVs ability to receive signals? TIA
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I have my A1E mounted above my fireplace (see photo in my early A1E long review end of April timeframe), AND I have a Harmony Elite with the hub that sits 3'+ below and to the left of the TV under the top shelf of an open-face shelving unit. I have no issues. My POV:
Besides the esthetics of the Sony Remote (IMHO it's just cheap feeling and looking, and not universal for a TV at this price point), the real issue for me is compared to other devices I own, there seems to be a rather narrow target on then A1E you have to hit with the IR. That area is around the small status light on the center bottom edge of the A1E. You could exacerbate that potential concern if you obstruct that area with perhaps a sound bar, speaker, or by simply mounting it too low against the mantel.
If you find that photo of my setup, you'll see my seating areas are in front of the TV with audio components and my Harmony Hub to the far left, horizontal with the A1E. I did initially have some very intermittent issues with the Harmony Hub and/or A1E (not other devices within that open shelving unit on same or lower shelf), but I tried two things that worked wonders for me:
- I moved the hub slightly in my setup so that it had more of an opportunity to bounce its IR signal off my back wall and then towards the A1E. Where I had the hub originally, it "pointed" down a long hallway with I suspect minimal opportunity to "bounce" the signal off something that could get back to the TV. Shifting the hub 1.5' on the same shelf resolved nearly all my issues.
- On the physical Harmony Elite Remote, once you get it programmed, you can then go into its own settings to tell the Harmony Hub by device to use the Hub, its IR Blasters, or just the Remote itself (ignoring the Hub). In my case, since I hold the remote from the seating areas where it points in the general area of my TV, the hub and other components to the side, changing the Harmony so my A1E is only controlled by my remote and everything else by the hub, for whatever reason removed that last rare bit of annoyance. I've not had my A1E miss it's signal since, as it's getting its IR signal from the Harmony Remote, while the remote also sends the command to the Hub to control everything else.
My point being, as long as you don't obstruct the IR area on the A1E, you have a couple more IR options to explore should you need to once you have your A1E installed.
I have not used the physical IR blasters, so can't comment on that other than be sure you do a lot of searches in the Remotes Forum for possible alternatives.