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Do you have a universal remote control?
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:56:26 PM »

I've had a URC MX-980 for 10 years until it dropped on the floor tonight and doesn't work anymore...

I read some articles on-line but I don't really like the look of anything I found.

What are you using?

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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 09:11:06 PM »
I have a Harmony remote. Love it. Very customizable but simple to use once you set it up.
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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 09:16:55 PM »
Seems like a lot of useless buttons?

The 980 is like 10 years old but still felt like the best tech available.

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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 09:32:03 PM »
Seems like a lot of useless buttons?

The 980 is like 10 years old but still felt like the best tech available.

The only buttons I don’t use are the “home” buttons that are for lighting and shit. I just like that I never have to look at it. It’s 100% tactile. I tried one with a screen on it and I hated it.
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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 05:55:40 AM »

Can it do Macros? Like change the amp settings and tv input with the same button press? Or power everything off with one button?

Which model is yours?

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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2017, 06:53:34 AM »
It’s the Harmony Companion:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N3RFC4G/

It has three activity buttons at the top which are one press macros like you’re asking about. Each has a short press and a long press so you can program up to six activities. Mine are “listen to music” “watch dvr” “watch Appletv” with long presses for “watch Blu-ray” and “watch firetv”

It all programed with an iOS app... I use my iPad. The app can also act as the remote at any time if, say, the battery dies on it. All very intuitive and easy to set up.

Again, it’s the only harmony without a screen on the remote itself so you never have to look at it once you know the buttons by feel. That’s what sold me.
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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 09:11:39 AM »

That's about the same price as a used MX-980 on eBay... you've got me thinking.

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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2017, 09:15:12 AM »
Those Harmony remotes are REAL nice.....

I've got a buddy tryin to convince me into getting one due to the mountain of remotes I need to operate my entertainment center.....I think I am up to 6 or 7 remotes.....(tv, cable, roku, vcr, dvd, dvd-a player, and stereo)

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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2017, 10:38:34 AM »
Another vote for Harmony. I can control with the remote - or if I'm in another room listening to music I can control it with my iphone
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Re: Do you have a universal remote control?
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2017, 04:32:19 PM »
have been using the Harmony Ultimate for a long time, it's awesome.  easy to program and customize pretty extensively. 
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