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Harmony and Surround Sound Amps

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by gsxr750steve, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. gsxr750steve

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    Hi

    I need a Universal, and reading here the Harmony seems to be the one....

    However, I only want to buy it if it will do the job I want it for. Can you help?

    I have plenty of kit that needs controlling, but have all the remotes except one - so I'm assuming that even if my components aren't in their database the Harmony can learn all the commands I need.

    But what about the one component I don't have the remote for?

    It is a Yamaha RX-V800RDS Surround Sound Receiver. Does anyone know if this amp is supported as standard?

    Now, from Yamaha I did get a full list of what I think are called the Discrete Codes - four digit Hex numbers for each command. Can I use these if the Amp isn't one of the known ones to Harmony? Can you program these directly into Harmony?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Ta
     
  2. STOWITBELOW

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    Just bought a 2nd hand one & can only descirbe the support as fantastic. (Still a minor couple of glitches to iron out) However from my experience so far I doubt there's anything they cant do (control) & no end of help to get them to do it. However you may need the help, as the web site just doesn't quite hit the spot. They are a complicated bit of kit, thus take a little setting up, but once completed you probably wont look twice at it as it's so easy to use. Yamaha are supported by them, so I think you would be ok. I'd give the remote 10 out of 10, the support 10/10, the web site only 6/10, but with familiarity, it's getting more perspicuous now
     
  3. Gary D

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    Steve, if you go to the website (www.harmonyremote.com) you can setup a user account and have a play with a virtual remote which you can setup using your equipment.

    hope that helps.



    Gary
     
  4. Typical Janner

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    Yes, it is in their database.

    In fact, I am just in the process of setting up my new 655 to operate the very same amp :D
     
  5. gsxr750steve

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    Thanks everyone.

    Typical Janner - can you post back and let me know if you are successful with it?

    Great amp isn't it!!

    Cheers.

    Steve
     
  6. Typical Janner

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    Still fine tuning the remote, but it looks like it will work the amp just fine (the amp is connected to a Sky box, a Tivo, and a DVD player).

    As others have stated before, the 655 takes quite some time to setup exactly as you want (initially it wasn't turning the amp on/off when using activities, but that is now sorted). However, the PC based configuration really is the dog's dangly bits :cool:

    Had mine about 4 years now. Have it feeding a set of Kef eggs. Sound is great, and it does everything that I currently want. Certainly can't see any good reason to be 'upgrading' just yet.
     

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