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Remote control options ?

Fish Chris
11-13-2006, 09:10 PM
Quite often, I read complaints about the remote controllers supplied, even with some of the highest rated flat panel TV's !

Don't get me wrong, of course I believe when somebody puts down the big $$$ for a nice flat panel, they ought to get an awesome remote controller with it ! But on the other hand, with so many after market options available, is this really such a big deal ?

That said, which aftermarket remotes do you guys prefer ? Why ? Cost ? Ease in set up ? Compatibility ?

Oh, and I prefer a remote which can be aimed in practically any direction, and the TV still hears it every time ! Is this such a big deal still, in 2006 ?

Will $50 buy me a decent one ?

Thank you,
Fish

ecat
11-14-2006, 12:14 AM
I just bought a new HDPVR reciever for my satillite,it came with an ir and uhf remote, the uhf works from upstairs on a second tv,but the ir remote has tobe pointed in the general direction of the reciever on my primary set.if you want a remote you can point in any direction you should be looking at uhf remotes.

leeoverstreet
11-14-2006, 03:41 AM
Try the One For All URC 9910, at Amazon for $31.03. If it doesn't already do some function, you can teach it. They support their products well. AND it's RF so it travels through walls. No fancy video screen or anything, but it's definitely the best bang for the buck.

nomutthere
11-14-2006, 06:01 AM
I highly recommend one of the Harmony remotes. I use the 659 and couldn't be happier with it. Easy to set up, and controls all of my devices without fail...

watchdog2001
11-14-2006, 07:08 AM
Just a FYI, here's a great remote website I've used in the past.
http://www.remotecentral.com/

pjc
11-14-2006, 07:14 AM
I second the Harmony remotes, I have the 676

you can try out the software here (you can enter a fake email, etc.)

http://members.harmonyremote.com/EasyZapper/New/Main.asp?WebProcessAction=Start&ClassId=PrNewUser%2EProcNewUser&RelativePath=ProcNewUser%2F&ReturnUrl=%2FEasyZapper%2FNew%2FProcNewUser%2FEnd% 2Easp&AccountType=TestDrive&DealerId=&PackageId=&PackageReturnUrl=

If you buy a Harmony, it usese this same software no matter which model.

Fish Chris
11-14-2006, 07:36 AM
I am hearing nothing but great things about those Harmony's (didn't realize remotes were so expensive though !), but for only $30, I might just have to check out that URC 9910 !

Thanks again,
Fish

RandyWalters
11-14-2006, 08:25 AM
I had the Harmony 676 for a while but i could never get it to do everything i needed to do, or control all my components correctly. The PC interface was slow and clunky, and didn't give me the options or macros i needed. So i ditched it and got a URC MX-500 and i love it. It's a full learning remote and i've taught it to operate every function on every one of my components. You can create your own buttons and functions in the LCD screen to suit your particular devices.

They can be had for about $70 from Amazon and Newegg etc.

http://universalremote.com/product_detail.php?model=55

http://universalremote.com/images/product_page/MX_500/image_MX_500.jpg

pjc
11-14-2006, 09:08 AM
I am hearing nothing but great things about those Harmony's (didn't realize remotes were so expensive though !), but for only $30, I might just have to check out that URC 9910 !

Thanks again,
Fish


I would check Amazon's prices for remotes. At least for the Harmony remotes, they seem to be much cheaper. The 676 I have sells for $200 at Circuit City. Amazon has it for $90. Also, as Randy mentioned, they can be a bit of a hassle to set up depending on how complex your system is. The good thing is you can make changes as you go. Plus if the batteries die and you lose the programming, you don't have to start from scratch, just re-download the codes you already set up online.