For several years I've used a Harmony 650 to control my entire HT (Yamaha RX A1000, Panasonic AE 4000, X10 Lights, Buttkicker, BluRay, DirecTV HR23). Worked well enough until some of the buttons started to fail, I was able to reprogram the failed buttons to other locations.
BUT, two days ago the IR beam seems to have completely failed, none of the devices respond and my IR repeater no longer lights up when it "sees' the IR signal. My first question is -
Is there any chance I can fix the IR beam/light/lamp/LED/whatever? if not do you think I can convince Logitech to repair/replace?
When the first few buttons started to fail I decided I'd try the iRule app with my iPhone. I managed to get it working but it was a lot complicated than I imagined it would be, I hated having to unlock my phone, start the app, find a "soft" button with no tactile feedback, find the volume controls or 30 second skip controls, and still have it seem to randomly fail to send commands. I only kept it two weeks before deciding it was more complicated and expensive than I was willing to invest time and dollar wise
Then I saw that Woot or Yugster was deeply discounting the Harmony 1100 so I ordered that, and am using it now, BUT it cannot learn macros (i.e I cannot turn the lights up when I hit pause and down when I hit play, send 6 -8 30 second skips for each commercial break). AND it does not remember the power state of my projector so it clicks ON/OFF (power toggles) whenever I change activities, Finally I sort of hate the form factor, who the hell ever decided to design a SIDEWAYS remote that is as wide as a Whopper (it takes two hands to handle...). It's nearly impossible trying to operate with one hand unless I set it down on the chair or table.
I'm inclined to go with a Roomie Remote, as I've read it will allow me to use the iPhones volume buttons to control volume and allow simpler setup and macro programming than the iRule?
From the above can you see any reason I won't be satisfied with a Roomie? what would you all recommend?