Suggestion of a universal remote

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by prostuff1, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    Well my dad just went out and bought a surround sound system and we are starting to get quite a nice collection of remotes so i am looking to get him one for chirstmas.

    I have been searching around and it is kinda hard to find one that has all the things i need it to control and not look really ugly.

    What i need it to control:
    1. A 42in widescreen HD TV (hitachi brand)
    2. A DVD/VCR combo drive (hitachi brand) <--this actually seems to be the
    hardest thing to find
    3. A Dish Network box. This use to be the hardest thing but i have found that
    there are codes available.
    4. A Onkyo home-theater-in-a-box. This is fairly easy to find a code for.

    As i said i am having probelms finding a code for the DVD/VCR combo player.

    So does anyone have a good suggestion for a universal remote?

  2. crazysaxchris macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2005
    The logitech eharmony is nice, my friend has one and it's so simple to use, you just connect it to the mac and download all the correct drivers.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The Harmony is a bit big and pricy for me $149. USB is very nice though.

    Any learning remote can be taught from your remotes. I got a Philips PMDVR8 remote for $30 that has the special keys for TiVo and the like, but you could do with a PHDVD5 which sells for around $13.99.

    Overall I like my DirecTV/TiVo "peanuts" the best, but my older learning remote the SONY VL-900 which was about $70 at the time is a close second. The Philips in question is a little light and has too many buttons, but it is a great value.

  4. wattage macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
    I recently bought Bose Cinemate-the remote with it is universal and the booklet has a large list of devices and codes. If you want I will post the codes for Hitachi..
  5. pammyspyce macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2005
    Bay Area, Calif
    We have a Logitech Harmony 680 and adore it. It's a easy to set up and really simple to use.
  6. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    I am a big fan of my Philips Pronto 7000, but it sounds like you are looking for something sub $100. If you are just looking for a simple remote, I am sure you can find a $30 one, or if you want something more, I always liked the Sony touchscreen remotes. You can usually find them for around $100 (the 4000 is the latest model I think).

  7. prostuff1 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    Thanks for all your suggestion so far.

    I was looking at the Logitech Harmony 520, but that is a 100 dollar remote. I know i really dont need to spend that much on a remote but i think that i can convince my sister to help me buy it. I wanted to get it for my father for christmas.

    Just have to convince my sister to help me get it.

    Thanks for the help
  8. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    I bought the Philips PMDVR8, and it stopped working about a year later. Just totally died. I went back to my TiVo Peanut remote, and don't really miss much. I don't do many DVDs, or play with the receiver.
  9. prostuff1 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    Well, i convinced my sister to go halves with me so we are going to get the remote. I decided on the Logitech Harmony 520. It should do everything and more. i will probably end up setting it up with about 6 devices.

    I read quite a few reviews and spec sheets and from what i can find this is more then what i need... :rolleyes: Setting it up should be fun, but i have read that the software for OS X is very good.

    Thats for the suggestions.

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