Tough choice on Harmony remotes

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Too many remotes!  My components are:  a Sony SD TV, a Yamaha receiver, a
Scientific Atlanta STB (SD), a Sony VCR, and a Pioneer DVD player, with
remotes for each, and I want to replace all of these with one Harmony
remote.  Also, I'm very strongly considering replacing my STB with a PVR,
and sometime next year I'll be starting research on which HDTV to buy.

I initially considered the 659, but when I noticed it had no chapter/track
skip button, I decided against it (seems a dumb thing to omit on a remote
control!).  The design/layout of the 688 and the 880 are unappealing to me.
Right now, I'm considering either the 676 or the 680.  I'm also considering
waiting for the 520 to come out, as it's miles cheaper, and although a bit
more limited in functionality, seems like it can do everything I need.

Does anyone have the 676 or the 680?  On the Logitech website, they don't
seem different at all, just a mildly different layout is all.  Or is it
worth waiting for the 520?  All three can handle a PVR easily, or so I
understand.

Considering my needs, what do you think is the better buy?

cheers,
vij




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I've had the 659 for almost two years.  The chapter buttons are in the
programmable soft buttons.  For that matter, you can also map almost any
of the hard buttons to any function you want.

A Harmony tech support person told me that essentially all the Harmony
remotes have the same functionality; the differences are primarily in
the layout of the buttons.

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Michelle, I know that those chapter/track skip buttons can be programmed,
but I'd rather they were just *there*.  I mean, every other remote in the
world has them.  I don't want to have to program that for each remote I want
to replace, and then have to remember where they are.  I would rather the
button with the little black arrows was actually there, very close to the
play, pause, ffwd, rew, stop, and rec buttons.  It just makes more sense to
have them in the same cluster.

I dunno.  Just me.  Any 676 or 680 users out there can give me their
opinion?  Remotecentral.com has only five user reviews TOTAL for these two
remotes!




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How many DVD players do you have in the same system?

For most brands and models, all you have to do to program the Harmony
remote (regardless of the model) is tell the web site which make and
model it is, connct the Harmony remote to the computer's USB port make a
few mouse clicks and wait a few moments.

And, as I said, you can reprogram the buttons to be all the same.  For
that matter, you can program the channel up/down button to be chapter
back and chapter forward.  Those buttons, and the number buttons, aren't
used for playing a DVD anyway.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Michelle.  Still can't see myself going with the
659 though, as the prices on the 676 and 680 are just a tiny hair above it
anyway.  And I'd rather have the play/pause/stop/etc. (those are called the
transport buttons, yeah?) somewhere besides the bottom of the remote.  I'd
get used to it eventually, of course, but I just prefer them to be closer to
the middle; easier to get to, I guess.




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I wasn't saying that the 659 is preferable to the other models; all the
models have the same functionality, but with different positioning of
the buttons and some other minor changes in the buttons.

My suggestions will work for any model of the Harmony remotes.

I ordered my 659 almost two years ago when it was the only model that's
still in the current line up.  I'm probably going to order the model
with the color display when I'm at MacWorld Expo in January--they've
been discounting them heavily there the past two times.

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I have a 768 and an 880.  I like the soft buttons on the 880, it makes it
easy to get to all of the less used commands for the different devices.  For
the chapter buttons, as all have mentioned, any button can be reprogrammed.
I like the idea of using the channel up/down for this since they are not
needed during the DVD function.





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vij wrote:
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Hi,
Same here I'd like to combine all in one universal remote control.
My set up is Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV, Yamaha RX-V2500 receiver.
DVD player, VCR and Karaoke(DVD player: may have to use own remote for
singing).
Any suggestions on easy to use remote control?
TIA,
Tony


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