1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Best remote

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by kriswood5, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. kriswood5

    kriswood5
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi there guys

    I have recently bought a Panasonic Plasma to go with my Pioneer DVD, receiver and Sky+. However, I now have 4 remote controls which is quite inconvenient and confusing.

    So I am in the market for a programmable remote control and was wondering which is best from an ease of use and usability perspective. I have seen a lot of messages relating to these remotes: Marantz RC5400, Philips Pronto and Harmony.

    Any comments, viewpoints or recommendations on the above would be gratefully received.

    Sorry if this has been asked before but I have tried searching the forums without any real joy so far.

    Many thanks
     
  2. kriswood5

    kriswood5
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Having not had a response, I wondered if anyone knows where I can go to read reviews on various remote control devices?
     
  3. stevebez

    stevebez
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    489
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +13
    First thing I did when I thought about getting a master remote was if I was going to go hard buttoned or touch screen.

    Initially I thought touch screen better although - I really like fixed button remotes - esp the tactile feel and familiarity of button position of this type remote and went for this.

    Thats step 1.

    Step 2 : You then need to decide if you require RF as well as IR functionality.

    Step 3 : Decide on your budget!

    Step 4: Decide on your remote!

    It then comes down to personal preference but I reckon ...

    Home Theatre Master MX500 for IR only hardbutton

    Home Theatre Master MX850 for IR&RF (in black) hardbutton

    Touchscreen -> Pronto Pro RU950 / RU980 depending on RF requirements and if you want colour screen.

    Good Luck!

    Rgds Steve.

    P.S I have ordered an MX850 and I should have it shortly will report back then.
     
  4. wbessada

    wbessada
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,560
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +17
    kriswoods I'd highly recommend www.remotecentral.com which although a US based site has indepth reviews on almost every remote.
     
  5. Ikki

    Ikki
    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,173
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    67
    Location:
    Lancs
    Ratings:
    +97
    The Harmony H655 is great, see the other threads relating to it. :thumbsup:
     
  6. kriswood5

    kriswood5
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I will check out remotecentral - thanks for tip.

    I am starting to lean towards the 655 as it seems well thought of on this forum. I had a demo of a Marantz 5000 today from a work colleague, pretty good functionality but seemed like a real big headache to program. I do not want to spend too much if possible and the H655 is £99 on Dixons web site so this is attractive.

    Thanks for replies
     
  7. ancientgeek

    ancientgeek
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    You can see what I have below. Using just the Sky+ remote with codes entered for the screen and Amp, I can do all the common functions on the screen and amp. (inc. Screen on/off, amp on/off, amp volume, amp input select) Still need another remote for the DVD though. I find that Sky+ is the comonest use of the whole setup anyway.

    Just a matter of researching the codes for the Sky+ remote.
     
  8. NC11

    NC11
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Messages:
    457
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +7
    i consider the remote to be another piece of kit within the HC setup. as such , i checked the prontopro , marantz rc9200 and the rc9500. i'm now using the 9500 and have configured it myself (simple once you get the hang of it). i plan to add lights control next month as well.

    i prefer the marantz's build and feel to the pronto's. it also works better with the various items in my setup (mainly the amp).

    not sure what budget you have in mind , but if you spend (?) grand on you're hc kit , investing in a good reliable remote to control it all seems a sensible purchase.

    HTH.
     
  9. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    with the harmony H655 £99 at dixons its a no brainer from where i sit.....
     
  10. GreenBars

    GreenBars
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    631
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Ratings:
    +23
    What would make you go for the Harmony rather than a Kameleon (2nd generation)? Are there functions that you can't set up on a Kameleon that you can on a Harmony?

    One For All say they have sorted out the battery life problems with the new ones, so that shouldn't be a problem..........

    I'm asking beacause I'm expecting to receive my new Kameleon in the post tomorrow, but I'm thinking of returning it and ordering a Harmony from Dixons.

    Advice would be appreciated.
     
  11. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    well h655 has loads more activities is much cleverer and a better product......
     
  12. vizslaraner

    vizslaraner
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Messages:
    424
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Hereford
    Ratings:
    +1
    Oh no it's not. It's Canadian. :p
     
  13. Ikki

    Ikki
    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    1,173
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    67
    Location:
    Lancs
    Ratings:
    +97
    Things that I did not like about the Kameleon (others may disagree)

    1. The auto turn on was incredibly sensitive, often a sneeze was enough.
    2. The unit buzzes when on.
    3. The unit uses batteries very quickly.
    4. Even though only the keys that are used for the particular device come on, the unit can only display the keys that are printed on the surface. This meant they could be difficult to match to the actual device. You were left with some unused keys appearing and other needed keys not appearing. It is possible to map functions to unused keys, but this means remembering their actual function when you come to use the device.

    Things that I like about the Harmony.

    1. All buttons, hard or soft are fully mappable with any function.
    2. Learns all the commands of the original remote.
    3. Any functions not represented as hard buttons can be displayed as soft buttons on the lcd screen.
    4. While each device can be controlled independently as a device, the trump card of the remote is that it has activity buttons, e.g. watch tv or watch dvd. When one of these is pressed, it turns everything needed on, everything that is not needed off and changes any settings e.g. tv input to the correct one. All activities are again fully customisable.
    5. It has a built in tv guide (I have not tried to use it)
    6. Battery life is far superior.
    7. It doesn't buzz.

    Those are my views. :hiya:
     
  14. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
  15. vizslaraner

    vizslaraner
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Messages:
    424
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Hereford
    Ratings:
    +1
    Personally, I'd go for the Marantz, but I would say that since I've got one.

    Seriously, having bought an RU890, then a 940, then a 950, I must confess to slowly loosing faith in Philips. Dubious quality control in both the hard and software departments, I got tired of them apparently using Joe public as their beta-testers. Indeed my experience was such that I was fast loosing faith in the whole LCD concept; I started scouring the web for a hard button alternative.

    Alas, there isn't one, or certainly not one as flexible. The HTM MX-700 did come close, but it's missing a number of buttons that I would consider essential (most notably, the four colour and instant record). Salvation then appeared in the form of a 9500, which I stumbled across on e-bay (and was going for an absolute steal of a price).

    Essentially the units are the same. The Pronto does have four user buttons whereas the Marantz only has two. Conversely the Marantz has a true forward and back function, the Pronto does not. However, what swings it, in my opinion, is the software. I've found Wizz.it to be far more stable that ProntoEdit NG ever was. Don't take my word for it though, check out the Pronto/(Marantz) forums at RemoteCentral; and whilst your there (assuming LCD is the way you really want to go) you might also want to check out responses to the HTM MX-3000 in the Home Theater Master Forum.

    David
     
  16. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
  17. rab4169

    rab4169
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2004
    Messages:
    533
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +2
    i have 2 theater master 500`s ,which if you look at customer reviews on remote central got the highest score , if you are going to america you can get for £40 , brilliant remote
     
  18. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
  19. vizslaraner

    vizslaraner
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Messages:
    424
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Hereford
    Ratings:
    +1
  20. kwangomango

    kwangomango
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2003
    Messages:
    856
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Location:
    Kent
    Ratings:
    +38
    Most of the "One For All" remotes can be have increased functionality via JP1 reprogramming http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/help/index.shtml

    I use one of these which is about £25
    http://www.oneforall-int.com/english/products/urc/URC-7562.htm.

    Using JP1 you can set up the remote via a PC. With mine now, pressing any of the device buttons, switches on all the correct equipment and switches to correct TV input.
    It is very powerful but granted it takes a bit of effort getting started and understanding the bits of software you need. However you cannot deny it is a hell of alot cheaper than some equivalent remotes.
     
  21. MPK

    MPK
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2004
    Messages:
    479
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +8
    You could also simply go on ebay and buy a Harmann Kardon & Microsoft TC-1000 for about £20 I've had one for years and was very happy. Have the all-in-one Denon now that comes with the A1, but it's not as practical as my old one. The touch screen is fully programmable via PC and the buttons can be renamed as you wish. It lists activities such as "Watch DVD" where you'll find all the necessary buttons combined from your amp, DVD player, TV, etc.

    It's discontinued now, but used to be one of the best you could find. Here's a review: http://www.homecinemachoice.com/rev...armanKardon/HarmanKardonTakecontrolTC1000.php
     
  22. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
  23. Family Guy

    Family Guy
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    It's older than the 980...it's basically a Philips Pronto RU970...
     
  24. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
    So what is the best HARD-BUTTONED remote control
    ...I doubt there's anything that can rival the Pronto RU980 or the Marantz RC9500, but I would like to look at all options before plunging in.

    (would also wait if others are soon to be released that you know of)
     
  25. Family Guy

    Family Guy
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
  26. czzer

    czzer
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2005
    Messages:
    719
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ratings:
    +105
    Harmony 880/885 is the only way to fly!
     
  27. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143
  28. Family Guy

    Family Guy
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Where can it be had in the UK?
     
  29. jamie110

    jamie110
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2005
    Messages:
    355
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Walton on thames
    Ratings:
    +16
  30. Xstyle

    Xstyle
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,445
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +143

Share This Page

Loading...