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Girlfriend proofing the system

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by gunizzle, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. gunizzle

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    Hi All,

    Forgive me if im in the wrong place, but can anyone recommend a good universal remote controll that will control, a dvd player, a panasonic pwd7, a sky box and a marantz 5500.

    My girlfriend is screwing as she has to pick up 30,000 remotes every time she wants to watch the tv, i on the other hand dont care, but hey thats life in AV equipment one half is enjoying the system, the other half is explaining it to the missus!!

    any suggestions!

    Cheers
     
  2. Crocodile

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    Probably one of the Harmonies (655?) as they have "activity" buttons labelled "WatchTV", "Listen to Music", etc. Once programmed the appropriate kit is switched on & inputs selected with a single button press.

    Check out the dedicated Remote Forum if a Mod doesn't move this first.
     
  3. SJGIL

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    I have a Harmony 655 and the wife thinks it is great and has no problems controling the whole AV set up so would recommend one of these.
     
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    Yup - also have a Harmony 655 and it works well.
     
  5. bishman

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    :eek: If she's cheating on you for having lots of remotes, I'd say get a new girlfriend. ;)
     
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    Its a good idea to have only one remote. But you are still left with the major problem of educating the gf into how to use it. I have instructed mine on numerous occasions about which buttons to press, but she still presses the wrong ones (usually accompanied by a loud oooh -its not working!). Why is it that most women seem to be able to operate complicated kitchen equipment but are generally useless at operating video equipment? :confused:
     
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    As Crocodile has said, best to look over in the Remote Controls forum. Can one of the plasma mods move it over please.

    Price and complexity are the 2 points which you need to look at before you choose. Logitech Harmony remotes are the in thing for price and fairly easy to us. Philips/Marantz prontos are more expensive, and slightly more complex in set-up, but ultimately give you the most flexibility.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    An unfortanate turn of phrase,perhaps.

    Moving...................................>
     
  9. Ged

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    I have just bought a Harmony 885 and it is great, I have sort of used a Marantz RC5000 for a few years but allways had to have the others close.

    We are now down to one remote and I may consider another to replace the recently aquired Kameleon 6 which I am not keen on any longer.
     
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    I got my Harmony 885 today, a few rough spots but I can't reach Logitech German support until Monday. :smashin:
     
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    It is not a cheap option, and it takes quite a bit of programming (which I think is part of the fun), but the flexibility of the Pronto will allow you to create a "task based" system for your girlfriend to use. For example, the front page of my system simply has 3 icons

    Watch TV
    listen to music
    turn everything off

    If the wife hits "watch TV" then another page appears which says -

    DVD
    satellite
    video

    On choosing "DVD" everything gets turned on for her and set to the correct input. She is then presented with a set of controls for the DVD player (with the added bonus of being able to control the volume on the amplifier-a completely different device, at the same time)

    With the Pronto you are really only limited by your imagination

    But they are not cheap

    I easily got the wife to agree to one by saying "I can replace our 11 remote controls with one remote control she said "Go ahead" I said "it is expensive..." she said "I do not care"!!
     
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    Harmony does all that, is much easier to program, and much cheaper to boot!
     
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    I like my Harmony 885, it is a bit fiddly to set-up, but once configured is good to use - it has a help button which sorts things out if it gets out of sync, it has nice clear display and the tilt sensor automatically turns the back-light on when picked up....

    And stop it with all this girlfriend-ism :rolleyes:

    lisa
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    unfortunately Lisa you are probably only one of many that can understand how it works, most of us get the "oooh this is so stupid, its not working!" which only serves to frustrate me even more!
    I think a remote that says TURN THE WHOLE LOT ON and TURN THE WHOLE LOT OFF would suit perfectly! Not that im saying my girlfriends dumb when it comes to things like this!! haha

    What model of Pronto is it?? where can i get hold of one?? and finally at what cost??

    Thanks for your help people!
     
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    also aswell, can it controll sky plus features? like live pause etc, record????
     
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    Hi gunizzle

    To get the best out of any of the more advanced programmable remotes like Prontos or Harmonys you do need to be happy about doing a little work setting it up. If you are not or are quickly frustrated I would not reccomend either to you. If all you want to do is turn everything on and off they are IMO a waste of money. The more expensive ones dont just turn things on they do things like automatically chose all the right inputs etc. A cheap one for all or similar will probably be fine for you.
    I would have thought almost any learning remote could control a Sky+ box. :)

    Regards Richard
     
  17. Crocodile

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    When I posted this I hadn't actually used one. Now I have I can advise that setup is a complete lottery. If your devices are correctly configured in Logitech's database then it may well work as described. I wasn't so lucky & found it completely useless. Propbably worth a quick try as the concept sounds good if you can get it to work, just make sure you buy from somewhere with a no quibble returns policy.
     
  18. Xstyle

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    The Harmony 885 does all that ... and my system is now "wife-proofed!!"
    Its fantastic!
     
  19. Richard46

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    But has she forgiven you for smashing up the sitting room to fi the plasma in. :D
    Richard
     
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    She wanted it as much as I did there!!!

    (but she does constantly say she wants a kitchen as I had my toy!)
     
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    What are you like; a Plasma but no kitchen.
     

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