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Old 01-13-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Who has one, which one, what do you use it for and how do you like it?

I need one for my Sat box
Television
Stereo
Computer
and Xbox 360 if possible

Thanks.
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Who has one, which one, what do you use it for and how do you like it?

I need one for my Sat box
Television
Stereo
Computer
and Xbox 360 if possible

Thanks.
Harmony remotes are great. I have a 676 that I use to control my front projector, receiver, dvd player, and mythtv frontend. Works great.

Also bought one for my parents for christmas in '07. Set it up for them then, and just reprogrammed it a few weeks ago for their new av gear.

Also got one for my brother for his birthday in '06. He apparently can't figure out how to make it work.
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you can have mine; ate batteries like a ******* champ.
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you can have mine; ate batteries like a ******* champ.
Mine went through NIMH rechargeables like crazy, but that's just because NIMH batteries have crap self-discharge characteristics and don't hold a charge for long.

Good alkalines worked fine. Have switched to eneloops (rechargeables with very favorable self-discharge rates) and I'm now a happy camper as far as battery life goes.
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I think I had it three months, and went through at least 4-5 sets of Duracell Copper Top batteries. I even disabled the backlight after a while. It was retarded. I might have thrown it away, IIRC it was a Harmony H659BLK.
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I think I had it three months, and went through at least 4-5 sets of Duracell Copper Top batteries. I even disabled the backlight after a while. It was retarded. I might have thrown it away, IIRC it was a Harmony H659BLK.
Interesting- I only had to change the batteries once every 2-3 months.

Might be usage-related, though. I don't watch a lot of tv.
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you idiots cheaped out and didn't get the RECHARGABLE one is why it eats batteries.

I'm sure if you search for "i told you so" and "harmony remote" you'll find a post by me.

at the very least, get the 880. it's like just over $100 at hamazon.

oh and PS I have one and it's flawless.
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I got mine for free with my TV is why I got it :P My Comcast HDTV remote does a good job controlling all three components i need, I just need a separate remote for my receiver, not a big deal.
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880 FTW. Going to buy a 1000 for my home theater.
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i love my 880. Zero complaints.
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I just ordered one of them from tiget direct, It should do the job.
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you idiots cheaped out and didn't get the RECHARGABLE one is why it eats batteries.

I'm sure if you search for "i told you so" and "harmony remote" you'll find a post by me.

at the very least, get the 880. it's like just over $100 at hamazon.

oh and PS I have one and it's flawless.
better get this.
Amazon.com: Energizer 15-Minute Battery Charger: Electronics
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It was only $40, so if it becomes a pia I'll just sell it on ebay for a small loss and get a better one.
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I got the Harmony550, so does my dad....

IMO, doesn't eat batteries (changed once in 1+yrs) and I use/used it every day, works good. Mine was working my tv, cbl box, recvr, dvd, xbox, & dimmer switch nicely.

Stfu and enjoy
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The harmony is the shiznit. Not sure which model I have, but it doesn't eat batteries. Change them maybe every 6 months. It's our primary remote.

Got one for my father for his birthday that year. Holy cow, best birthday gift ever. My parents love it. Set it up and forget it. And when they come visit, we don't have to have the "here's how the TV/DVD/Stereo works" discussion.
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Im waiting for Harmony to get bluetooth so i can use my PS3
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Im waiting for Harmony to get bluetooth so i can use my PS3
I thought they had one with that.

btw, if anyone wants to buy a harmony 659 for cheap, let me know. batteries not included.
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Hated the Harmony. I'm more of a power remote type guy. JP1 for a while, Then the URC remotes:

Amazon.com: URC RFS200 PowerPak Bundle w/ MasterControl RF20 and PowerBlaster: Electronics

To each his own.

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frank what's a power remote? is that like a "power bottom"?
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