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looking for universal remote control...

okay.

here is the list, this is a gift for Dad, so cheap that can run everything would be great...

Comcast HDTV-box with HD recorder
Stereo reciever (sony)
DVD player (brand unknown)
Pioneer television...

I am looking for something probably around like $50~$100. i know you guys were raving about a brand back a few months ago, but I did a search and can't find it.

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That would be the Harmony something model number I have one but its at home. it is by far the best remote ever, but over your price range there, I think mine was a little over 200.




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Not in your price range, but this is one of the best there is. I have one, it is fully programmable by learning commands or by your PC directly.

http://www.pronto.philips.com/

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Tony, that was exactly what I was looking for. I am going to pick up the Harmony 659, ebay has them for $102 plus $20 for shipping. It's a little out of my price range, but exactly what he was looking for.

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I have narrowed it down to either the 520 for $92 shipped or the 688 for $121 shipped.

any ideas?

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I have the 880, I really cant speak tothe others, but if they are half as good then they are worth it. the 880 has been a joy to own and work with. Like I always say, get the best you can afford.

And note on the pronto's, sorry wink maybe you had better luck with them, but I've owned 3 of them, the last one hit the wall in a fit of rage. Everyone I have owned has had the lcd screen die on me as well as the system lock up with no chance of recovery. if you buy one of those make sure you get the warrenty. The harmoney is also easier to program as there is no learnign involved. you tell the web based system what you have and how you use it and it sets it up for you no matter how complicated your system is. I laughed when I heard that saying it will never be able to do my stuff, sure enough I was up and running in 10 minutes. Pronto took an entire day of programming.




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I have the 688 and like it. The buttons are a little on the small side though.
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I have narrowed it down to either the 520 for $92 shipped or the 688 for $121 shipped.

any ideas?
The Harmony looks to be the easiest to setup. If he needs something that can go distance look at this > http://www.ofausa.com/remote.php?type=URC%209910 It's a RF remote which I have one of the older models and it works great and has lasted 6 years with no problems at all. They don't make the model I have so I guess this is the replacement. I looked around online and I found this remote for about $35. Which is cheap. I looked at the Logitech at Sam's and it does look real easy to setup with the computer and I'm sure it's a little easier to use. But the RF does come in hand if you have a large room and you're controlling a receiver from say another room in the house. Either remote will do the same functions for the most part. I like the RF because I can control music from outside on my patio.

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Yeah, I remember chatting about the Logitech Harmony 880 http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/pr...s/en,CRID=2078.

They're now up to the 890 though.

That's one bad mutha and I plan on getting as well since I now have 7 remotes (sigh).

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oh.. I might have to look at these. Right now it takes 3 remotes to turn the TV on with sound (receiver, TV, Tivo remote).

Do all these work with Tivo?

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oh.. I might have to look at these. Right now it takes 3 remotes to turn the TV on with sound (receiver, TV, Tivo remote).

Do all these work with Tivo?
My 880 does. flawlessly i might add




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no I am going with the harmony. For my father, who has only 4 remots, it will be fine. I just want to make sure he can use his DVR box, along with his stereo and TV.

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I have the 880 and good Lord, you need a Ph.D to set the thing up. I seem to recall the reason why I went with that model is so that it could control the more detailed functions of my PVR.

...I even control my ceiling fan using my Harmony. Although, I would not recommend that model for novices.

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