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Old 12-10-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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universal remotes?

I'm looking for a uni. remote, mainly for the TV/Cable box. I just got a new Samsung plasma and the cable remote won't program it. Ideally I would like my standard cable box remote with Source, volume and power for my TV on it, but it can't happen.

I bought a harmony remote and it was VERY annoying... i had to scroll through a million screens to find the small function I wanted.

Anyone have good experiences with some simple universals out there?
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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i'm looking for a uni. Remote, mainly for the tv/cable box. I just got a new samsung plasma and the cable remote won't program it. Ideally i would like my standard cable box remote with source, volume and power for my tv on it, but it can't happen.

I bought a harmony remote and it was very annoying... I had to scroll through a million screens to find the small function i wanted.

Anyone have good experiences with some simple universals out there?
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:45 PM   #3
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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I'm looking for a uni. remote, mainly for the TV/Cable box. I just got a new Samsung plasma and the cable remote won't program it. Ideally I would like my standard cable box remote with Source, volume and power for my TV on it, but it can't happen.

I bought a harmony remote and it was VERY annoying... i had to scroll through a million screens to find the small function I wanted.

Anyone have good experiences with some simple universals out there?
You can program he buttons as well too. But I know some of the Harmony's are a pain. I had 2 at the same time and my gf loved one of them and hated the other hahaha

Needless to say I kept the one she hated(I liked it better)

I'll have to get back to you on the model numbers, but I know they don't make one of them anymore and the other is probably just about discontinued.
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yea i dont mind having a zillion programable buttons on the thing... just no screens that i have to scroll thru.
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Universal Remote's MX850.

There is no better remote on the planet at the same price point ($300-$400 not programmed)

I have 6 of them in my house.

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^ I know you deal in high end stuff, but $300 for a remote really puts things into perspective.
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^ I know you deal in high end stuff, but $300 for a remote really puts things into perspective.


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^ I know you deal in high end stuff, but $300 for a remote really puts things into perspective.
lol.

Try $699.99 programmed.

That is the LOWEST remote I sell.

Its not a remote. Its a "full system controller"

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look at the Marantz, i use it for my main non crestron setup....had the harmony one for awhile, but i know what you meant about flipping through the pages. you can also program your Lutron Radio RA lighting to them as well as drapes. another good choice for you is the Universal Remote like quoted above. The MX-980 is a great remote and one of the few every girl i've had over can figure out without needing a manual
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I think you should get one of these:



Im designing a system now with 8 of em. And 2 of these:



Yup, 17" touchpanels....
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I personally hate touch panels. To each their own I guess.

Not too much an RTI, URC, or new Pronto wont do.

Crestron is such overkill for the average system.

My MX850 does everything from lighting control, whole house audio, whole house media, every TV, etc. It even controls my Christmas tree.

Remotes differ more by programming than hardware.
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I personally hate touch panels. To each their own I guess.

Not too much an RTI, URC, or new Pronto wont do.

Crestron is such overkill for the average system.

My MX850 does everything from lighting control, whole house audio, whole house media, every TV, etc. It even controls my Christmas tree.

Remotes differ more by programming than hardware.
What size systems do you guys normally do?

The price point on Crestron is absolutely worth selling it. Even if the client doesnt need all the functionality, they may if they want to expand later.
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my buddy has those creston all over his house... most of his rooms have the in-wall panels along with those touch screens on table top. He has all his lighting and audio, pool equipment, heat, ac.. you name it. It's all in a $20million+ house so i'm sure the budget was fairly large.
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What size systems do you guys normally do?

The price point on Crestron is absolutely worth selling it. Even if the client doesnt need all the functionality, they may if they want to expand later.
It all depends. Most of our systems are best value for the money. Above Best Buy and below the $100,000 mark.

Typical system is a couple of plasmas, front projection, 6-12 rooms of audio and an Escient. The new prontos have two way RF as well as RTI.

I know Crestron is nice, but $10K for remote system on a $50K package just is not realistic.
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