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Post 1 made on Monday January 4, 2010 at 13:36
kegobeer
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For the last few years, my Harmony 880 has done everything I need. However, I've installed a HTPC and my current remote doesn't cut the mustard anymore, and here's why. My HTPC is connected via HDMI to my Onkyo TX-SR605, which is connected via HDMI to my Sharp LC37D43U. In order to get sleep/resume to work correctly, my receiver must be switched to the correct input before the PC resumes from sleep. Now, the Harmony lets me decide the power up order, but I need to power up the receiver, switch to DVD, then power up the TV, then power up the PC. The Harmony is a power everything first, then switch inputs. The big problem is when I'm watching TV and want to switch over to the PC. The PC is turned on, then the receiver switches inputs - which is backwards from what I need. Again, I can't make the Harmony do what I want.

So, I'll move the Harmony to my bedroom to control my basic devices in there, but I need a better remote for my living room. Based on what I need it to do, what do you recommend I buy?

Thanks in advance.
OP | Post 2 made on Wednesday January 6, 2010 at 06:54
kegobeer
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No ideas? Hmmm.
Post 3 made on Wednesday January 6, 2010 at 14:06
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Pretty much any remote with support for macros that isn't a Harmony will do what you are wanting.

Here are some questions for you:

How important it power state tracking like the Harmony has because most other remotes do not offer this feature?
What is you price range?
How important is PC programmability?
OP | Post 4 made on Wednesday January 6, 2010 at 20:24
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Tracking power states would be nice - and I believe some remotes that support programming would allow me to simulate this, like the Harmony series do. I do not need any professional grade equipment that actually monitors power states - the tricks used by Harmony/macros/variables are good enough.

I'll spend up to $500 on a good remote.

PC programming would be important if it's required in order to track power states.

Thanks for the reply.
OP | Post 5 made on Sunday January 10, 2010 at 17:59
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Anyone have a recommendation?
Post 6 made on Sunday January 10, 2010 at 21:59
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So, the URC MX-810 is the only other remote I know of that has built-in power state tracking. I have heard that it is soon to be discontinued but it is still available.

That being said, any remote with support for variables can be setup to have a variable which tracks the power state. The only remotes I know of that have support for variables and would be at or near your price range would be the URC MX-900, MX-880 and MX-980.
OP | Post 7 made on Monday January 11, 2010 at 07:02
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them out.


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