questionsdo you have a recommendation for a universal…

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I definitely recommend the Logitech Harmony family of remotes.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/remotes/universal-remotes

I picked up a used Harmony One at a garage sale for $50 and it's been the best thing that's happened to my entertainment center since TiVo.

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+1 for the logitech harmony line

i got one a few years ago and have never looked back. my mother-in-law even bought one because she liked ours so much.

i'm currently using the harmony one and love it!

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I'm not sure you'd be able to find a Harmony One for under $75. I have a couple Harmony 550's that I bought refurbished from Newegg for $50 that are great! My only complaint is that every time I program something, I realize that I need to change something. So, I am constantly updating them. But, that is probably more of my problem not planning enough rather than a fault of the remotes.

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Thank you for the recommendation guys. Sounds unanimous. I'll hunt around for bargains and see what I can find.

Thanks again!

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I use this and love it.
http://www.amazon.com/National-Universal-Remote-Outlet-Controller/dp/B00339INYU

Walk into a room with poor wiring, click "on", have a light make the room brighter...

The universal remote worked fine on the 3 devices to which I have it programed.

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NetDirectBargains on eBay has some good deals. Don't get the 300 as it is not a true Harmony. http://tinyurl.com/3fglaee

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To follow up, I purchased the 650 and am pretty happy with it. Haven't really dug into it, but there doesn't seem to be a way to create a macro. For example, I use the Xbox to watch movies, but I can't seem to set it so that it hits "Play" after switching everything on.

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Too late but I've been real happy w universal remote control's products. I just posted one on deals.woot but it's $99; includes RF blaster and base unit but does require programming and some knowledge. Macros are a breeze once you get the hang of it but it is NOT as user friendly as Harmony (but the RF makes it for me!)
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/eb9a10f6-6145-46b0-b7dc-57eada7499ed/universal-remote-urcrfs200-combo-rf20-and-mrf100-m#0