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Old 01-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #1  
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I have just finished installing my home theater system. Now, I want to get rid of the remotes. I was looking at the MX850, but from what I have read, it seems that is more for pro installers than individuals. True? So, I the best that I see now is the Harmony line.

I have a simple setup. I am debating between the Harmony One, Harmony 900, and the 890. I read a review that said the RF was better on the 890. A comparison on Amazon does show it has something different than the 900. It states it has "RF support for control of devices inside cabinets" and "RF wireless extender for RF connection", same as the 1100. Now the 900 only shows "Easy-to-install RF System for RF connection" Chart Here. Scroll down to bottom.

So, it seems there might be something to it. I really like have RF control so I don't have to point at the TV everytime. I also don't know if it is worth $150 to get the 900 just for that. So, is there any reason to get the One over the 890 other than RF? Is there something that I am missing that makes the 900 twice as much as the 890?

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Old 01-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #2  
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Also, the only thing that I really care about using RF for is my Direct TV box, which uses RF already. Would the Harmony RF remotes be able to talk to the box without going through the extender and converting to IR? I have to believe there is a delay when converting the signal and I hate the delay when changing channels.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:26 PM   #3  
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I went to Logitech's website and they appear to no longer make the Harmony 890 remote.

Logitech makes a 300/i, 650, 700, ONE, 900, and 1100.

I recently got a 700 and love it. Truly a remote that replaces other remotes and maintains 100% functionality.

If RF is a must, then the 900 and 1100 are your choices. I have seen them on Amazon for ~$275-$290 price range.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:25 PM   #4  
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Also, the only thing that I really care about using RF for is my Direct TV box, which uses RF already. Would the Harmony RF remotes be able to talk to the box without going through the extender and converting to IR? I have to believe there is a delay when converting the signal and I hate the delay when changing channels.

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i hear what your saying about the channel changing delay with dtv , i just bought the 900 and absolutley love it..... when it works, you can make it do anything u want, except turn the equipment u want on and not turn on the equipment u dont want on, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt, a bit annoying .But there is a help button that straightens it out, some how the help button knows what it screwd up. The rf is awsome, can tell u how sweet rf is, i changed my channels from my laundryroom 20 feet away, There is no delay in commands, its instantanious, plus u can adjust the delays anyway.

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I personally use the MX900 and MX850 remotes. My daughter has a Harmony that they hardly use. I'm not sure why, but my son-in-law said it would not program for what he needed done. Maybe a frequency compatibility issue.

From the installs I've done in the past, I can say the URC MX series is a lot more versitle than the Harmonys I've used. But with added versitility there is also more complex programming.

Here are some articles that may prove useful:
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Programmable Remote Controls
Touch Screen Remote Controls

In the Programmable Remote Controls page it referred to some links for the software that are no longer supported. If the MX-850 software is desired, give me a PM.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:35 PM   #6  
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I personally use the MX900 and MX850 remotes. My daughter has a Harmony that they hardly use. I'm not sure why, but my son-in-law said it would not program for what he needed done. Maybe a frequency compatibility issue.

From the installs I've done in the past, I can say the URC MX series is a lot more versitle than the Harmonys I've used. But with added versitility there is also more complex programming.

Here are some articles that may prove useful:
Remote Controls - Overview
Programmable Remote Controls
Touch Screen Remote Controls

In the Programmable Remote Controls page it referred to some links for the software that are no longer supported. If the MX-850 software is desired, give me a PM.
yes i looked at the mx900 but cnet ultimatley helped with my decision, i spoke with logitech and it seemed i had a feature called anynet with my samsung tv that needed to be turned off. When i turned it off the remote worked beautifully, maybe your soninlaw is having the same problem?
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I'll mention that to him. They have a Sharp "Oh My" HDTV, so not sure they have that feature. I'm pretty sure it is his U-verse DVR that does not like the Harmony.
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Yup, Harmony One!. Been using it with my set up for the past 2 months - no hiccups...
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For simple everyday use the harmonies are great
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:47 AM   #11  
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ive been using a pair of harmony 600,s for many years, for dish and direct, never had any problems with them turning things on they were not suppose to , or off. now i upgrade to the 900 and have a harmony one coming. still no communication problems between it and any of my devices. i like the RF extra on the 900 for my LG blue ray player and my CD player, both are low on the shelf and sometimes out of the signal shot. havent tried the Rf on my direct but im sure it would work. wont be using the RF on my direct dvr because of my wife using the harmony one, but then its in plain sight so no problem sending a ir signal.
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