questionscan i live in harmony?

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i currently have the Harmony One and had an older model before that (can't remember which). i absolutely love them. the grouping of things into activities is incredibly intuitive. setting it up for the first time does take a little while depending on how many components and activities you want to program. but after that, i have yet to even touch one of my other remotes.

i just wish they had a key sequence to lock the touchscreen since my 1 year old is incredibly fond of playing with it.

here's the components i'm currently controlling with it:

yamaha receiver
comcast cable box
LG bluray player
Oppo dvd player
xbox

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I have had a Harmony 550 and currently have a Harmony 200.

Personally, I didn't like the Harmony 550 because the number buttons were too small. The Harmony 200 is a good mixture.

I have modest usage, so it's controlling my TV and my HTPC. When I had the Harmony 550, it was controlling almost everything.

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I have the Harmony 650 and love it. Like @carl669 said, it takes some time to program it but it's absolutely worth it.

Don't be afraid of going refurb on this one. If it malfunctions in less than a year (I think? May be less), Logitech is great with helping you fix or replace it. If you have to replace it, all the remote's settings will be on Logitech's servers, so all you'll have to do is plug it in and click a button to sync the remote settings.

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So I used to think this type of remote was for everyone, not any more.
I fix PCs for this older couple. One day they wanted help with their TV, I ensured them I was not a 'TV' guy, but then they told me it would be 200 to install the TV from the local company. I did it for 'what ever they thought was fair'. It did not end there. I had to hook up the stereo, DVD, VCR, and Cable box when they got one, one at a time. Somewhere in there they complained on how complicated it all was. I mentioned a universal remote. MX500, not sure the brand name.
I set it up so if they held down VCR it would turn the TV to the correct input and the stereo and turn on the VCR. I did this with the DVD, DVD for music only, cable box. They get a new piece of equipment ever 6-12 months and I need to relearn their configuration and how to program the remote in. I do not like to do it, they do not like having to pay me. I honestly wish I never suggested the remote. At one time I offered to buy the remote ....

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back at cost. They are not good customers, they constantly reschedule times. Set up times for me to be there with small windows so I need to come back. They got mad at me when I set them up with surround sound because they asked for 'surround sound' but wanted mono sound out every speaker.

They have damaged my strong desire for a universal remote.

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@caffeine_dude: No good deed goes unpunished, you know.

@phillystyle: +1 for the way you worded your question!

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I have a Harmony 650 and I really like it. Only two complaints: 1) You can't control a Playstation (I've tried 3 and 4) or a WiiU without also having some kind of infrared repeater, which I'm not prepared to mess around with. 2) The first remote we had kept getting dropped on our hard floors ("Hey, toss me the remote") and eventually the batteries no longer made a connection. No amount of bending contacts back into place helped. So we bought a replacement refurb one. I think the refurb works better than the new one we had. This second complaint is really down to me and my husband. Don't drop your remote a bunch and you'll be just fine.

What we're currently controlling with it:
Element TV
DirecTV DVR
Sony soundbar/receiver

Previously it also worked with an Xbox360.

One thing you'll want to keep an eye on if you choose one: the number of devices that can be controlled is limited. In general, the more you pay, the more devices you can control.

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I have a cheap one. $35 or something.
I control a Samsung TV, Samsung Blu-ray, Samsung Surround Sound, and Dish Network Receiver.

What's nice is that it has custom programmable buttons. I was able to get it to switch the Surround Sound input source while everything else is in TV/Dish mode. Since I have all components (dish, bluray, xbox, media pc, etc) going through the Surround Sound, this was crucial. I also like that the power button turns on/off the TV, Dish, and Surround Sound all at once.(in the order I like) I also have it set to control the Surround Sound volume when everything else is in TV/Dish mode.

So, unless you have a ton of devices or a lot of custom programmable needs, you should be able to get by with a cheaper one.

Edit: I think mine is the Logitech Harmony 300

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In terms of what you can control - the answer is: anything with an IR remote. Even if the harmony web library doesn't have a profile for your device... as long as you have the original remote, you can teach it. It's a learning remote, but the process can be tedious - involving pressing the button on the original remote, and then having the harmony learn this command, while you program it to a corresponding button on the harmony.

Still - better than nothing. There are lots of learning remotes out there - but i think the harmony's strength is constant updates via usb, and automation... ie: turn on all devices, in a certain order, and even with a certain delay between, if needed. or* changing modes, will switch multiple devices on or off and place them into the proper a/v mode

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You all almost talked me into it. I have a few buttons on my PC remote that I do not want anyone to touch.
http://www.amazon.com/SANOXY%C2%AE-Wireless-Remote-Control-Mouse/dp/B001M56DI0
DO NOT TOUCH THE BIG RED BUTTON!
DO NOT TOUCH THE FULL SCREEN BUTTON!
DO NOT TOUCH THE WINDOWS BUTTON!

I can see it now.
Harmony. I did not program the power button, full screen button and windows buttons on the front screen.

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Philly. I have two harmony remotes. The harmony one (I use at home) and a harmony 650 (used at work). I am a big fan of these remotes. To give you an idea of how easy and intuitive they are to use..... I have a 9 and 7 year old that are both early risers (6AM? really kid?*). Anyway, both kids can pick up the remote and choose TV, XBox, or Wii and it sets up everything. Turns on the correct electronic device, in the correct order and selects the proper input (HDMI 1, 2, 3 etc).

* Just for the record, my wife and I are pretty good parents; the boys don't play video games on school days and are limited on weekends. They ca however (at 6AM) turn on the TV, switch on the DVR and watch Tom and Jerry cartoons.

Anyway, back to my answer. Setup is intuitive, many of the buttons are assignable and these folks have thought of nearly everything. The reality is, no one remote can operate exactly like every remote that you are attempting to replace, but..... Logitech get very close.

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Thanks for the info guys. So here's what I did. In addition to what you guys have given me to think about I had been doing my own research. We'll see how go my chosen path turns out to be but I just bought a used Harmony 1000 on ebay. I got it for a really good price & it included the RF extended. In fact the price was so good that even if I don't like it I can probably put it back on eBay & recover my $$. I figured this was an affordable way to control a lot of devices. We'll see. It's an older model but it has all the features I'm looking for, it's gotten good reviews for the lifetime of the model.

@hulsets: You've hit upon my concern from the last time I had an el cheapo "universal" remote. They could turn the TV on & off and adjust the volume but there were lots of other things the remote couldn't control. It was a disappointment. I'm hoping going a little more high-end (even if it's a little older) will get me better results.

Thanks for the help. I'll let you know how it goes.

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@phillystyle: I do not think I can pick my input on my TV. This may be important. Think about this:

You have inputs
Cable
AV
AV2
HDMI1
HDMI2
HDMI3
Picture

You are on HDMI 2 and want to go to HDMI3 You could push input one time, no problem. Now what if you are on HDMI3 and want to go to HDMI2 you could press input 6 times. Now you are on HDMI1 this could be a problem if you want to go to HDMI3 you set the macro up for input 1 time.

The TV I set up when you press input you can press 1 for cable, 2 for AV, 3 for AV2..... This works perfect for macros. I am not sure (yet, how I would do this).