Logitech Leans on Phone Apps to Smarten Up Latest Harmony Remotes

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iwrk4dedpr

Wonder if it will work on a 25 year old Yamaha amplifier. LOL

Wow the stuff that's out there these days. Soon you'll just have to think watch tv and stuff will turn on.

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Caboose

>Wonder if it will work on a 25 year old Yamaha amplifier. LOL

If it uses standard IR to receive commands, then yes.

Even if the device doesn't exist in the database, you can manually program the commands that you need.

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liamsmith

I think Logitech is a good brand. I bought something from them a while back and it works so well 3 years on.

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stradric

I'm not big on touch controls on my remotes. Aside from the expense, I always learn how to control my remote by feel. Without physical buttons, that task is impossible. My friend has the previous most expensive Harmony (the 1100) and it relies heavily on the touch screen. You constantly have to keep looking back down at the remote just to change channels. And since it's touch based, you can't even bookmark your finger on the button you want for, say, fast forwarding to a specific point. My (relatively) cheapo 650 gets the job done much better I feel, but I don't have the heart to tell him since he spent so much money on the 1100. They don't even include the RF-to-IR adapter for that near-$300 purchase.

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gmvolk

I agree, I navigate my 670 more by feel. Not sure touchscreen in this case is actually a step backwards if you have to keep looking down to see what you want to do. I've had my 670 for about three years and it does everything I want. One day, I'll upgrade my whole home theater system and will probably need a new remote, but for now I'm good.

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ZayLay

so easy even a Mac user could do it (hey-oh!).... This is gold Jerry, GOLD!!

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razorpetti37

I love my Harmony One, but I agree with gmvolk, the programming software needs improvement. It is great for a somewhat simple entertainment system and a somewhat simple owner, but for someone that would want to do more complicated commands, it lacks fine tuning. I wish there was an "advanced" screen where you could manually change every command that it spits out at your home theater setup.

For example, I have a custom button set up on the Harmony One's screen while "Watching a DVD" with my HTPC. The button, when pressed, is supposed to switch my receiver and TV to "cable" and turn on my cable box, without turning off my HTPC. I use this when I'm converting movies on my HTPC (so it needs to stay on) and want to watch TV while I wait. But, since the Harmony software knows that my cable box is possibly used by one of the buttons under the "Watching a DVD" activity, it automatically forces me to turn on the cable box when I hit the "Watch a DVD" activity. So, when I try to use my custom button, it switches the inputs like it is supposed to, but then shuts off my cable box, since it sends a repeat power command to the box.

Long story short, the Harmony software is like an Apple product, simple to use but limiting if you want to do more than the typical customer.

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Caboose

You can go in and set it so that the remote doesn't power off the device. There's an option. I think it's "leave device on" or something like that. Check the "more commands" option. I forget exactly where it is. I use the software so infrequently that I don't even remember my account name.

I too have a Harmony One remote and have a very similar setup to yours (only I use my gaming desktop to re-encode/convert movies. It's faster) and don't run in to the same issue.

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The Mac

Love my Harmony one.

I bought it back when it was $249.

It was down to $100 before they retired it..

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pastorbob

I have a Harmony 650 that I have used for about two years. Other than the initial setup shortcomings mentioned above, I have been very pleased and had almost no problems. But it does have some lag time when first turning on the system. You can't get in any hurry and need to point it toward the system for several seconds to get everything powered up.

I waonder if these are faster?

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Caboose

The "lag" I've found, is because the remote is sending multiple IR signals to each device for that task.

Powering on your TV, powering on your home theater receiver, powering on your STB or Blu-Ray player, setting the TV and the receiver to the correct input, etc. I guess if it was Bluetooth or RF the commands could be faster and sent in parallel, but since it all has to be sent in series, it takes a bit longer.

I have a Harmony One, and while it might take a few seconds, it's not THAT long.

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gmvolk

Wish they would make improvements to the Harmony software. It's so bloated and slow trying to program even simple commands. Once your remote is setup, you rarely have to deal with the software, but it's such a pain when you need to.

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Landstander

Agreed. Bloated is standard for Logitech software. There is nothing lean about the code they write.

On the other hand, I've had a Harmony 880 for 6 years and it's still going strong. It was expensive but well worth the investment.

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jbitzer

Thought Logitech was divesting itself of the remote business to concentrate on PC peripherals?

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