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Kameleon functionality?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by PaulPH, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. PaulPH

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    Hi

    Phillips have kindly supplied me with a surround system because they couldn't be bothered to fix the sound on my TV.

    The sound is really good but the remote jugling act is driving me mad.

    I see the Kameleon will control all sorts of devices, what I'm not clear about is - can I create my own virtual device out of bits of others?

    ie - ON will turn on the TV, mute TV sound, turn on surround sound system, turn on sky box, select SAT on sound system
    VOL will control volume on sound system
    PROG selection will work the sky box
    etc

    Is this possible?

    TIA
    Regards
    Paul
     
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    harmony H655 is what you need mate has activity buttons, you tell it what you use ie TV on Sound from sound system etc then vol control system and chanel control sky etc all from one remote! :)
     
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    "ON will turn on the TV, mute TV sound, turn on surround sound system, turn on sky box, select SAT on sound system"

    What you are asking is possible, except you would do the above via one of the macro buttons rather than the On button, however, seeing as the H655 has come down to £70 recently it would be crazy to not go for it in preference to the Kameleon.
     
  4. PaulPH

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    Thanks folks - the H655 looks exactly the right concept.

    Paul
     
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    Greenbars, When did you become the Mod for remotes? PS £70 is a stupidly low price for an H655, have you got one yet?
     
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    Moderator - today.

    I decided against buying a Harmony in the end, but not because I don't think they are good - far from it in fact. It was more that I like to have total control setting over my devices rather than having my remote have control over them, if that makes sense. I have therefore bought a URC-200, although I haven't taken it out of its box yet.
     
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    Congrats mate............
    I probably know a bit more about Harmony's than most been using them for nearly 12 months.........you have complete control, the reason i like them is the activities unlike macors (automated button push sequence) the activities are more intelligent for everyday use, they also have full device control (press device button pick a device and you have total OEM functions)
    good luck with the URC-200...
     
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    Sounds ominous - you know something I don't?
     
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    Probably....................but never used a URC-200 (when you program remotes for rich monkeys you learn KISS fast)
     
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    Don't understand.
     
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    Keep It Simple Stupid (a military term originally US i think)
     
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    Harmony looks like what I need - but can't find it for £70. Where will I find it for that kind of money?
     
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    Dixons shops or internet site.
     
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    I think you have to go to one of the shops that has dropped the price.....
     
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    no stock so you will have to hunt around the stores.............
     
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    I set up my new URC-200 over the weekend and have been really impressed with it. The pre-programmed codes were pretty useless seeing as it is designed for the US market but I wanted to learn all the commands anyway. I've set it up so that it will do activities a la the Harmony H655 and at £90 it is definitely a viable alternative to a Harmony - it's definitely light years ahead of my Kameleon 6.
     
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    wait till you get your hands on a harmony..........
     
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    What else would it do?
     
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    well apart from the downloadable code catalogue via the website and the ability to store multiple configs at the same time (online) the fact if it goes wrong or gets broken the replcement merely needs updating with your config so no reprogramming! :thumbs its cheaper and i think they layout is better also holds more activities.....and has "help" button very very useful.....
     
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    I've never used a Harmony, however these are my (uneducated) responses to your comments:
    1. I don't agree with your layout comment. The URC-200 layout is excellent with the transport buttons in the right place - not at the bottom of the remote.
    2. I can't imagine why I would need multiple configurations - in your own words KISS!
    3. I've never broken a remote and the URC-200 looks extremely well-made.
    4. The Harmony H655 has only recently become cheaper and is now, I believe, difficult to find - correct me if I'm wrong.
    5. I've only got 5 devices, one of which is an AV receiver so I only have 4 activities - watch Freeview, watch ntl, watch a DVD & watch a video. I've got five spare at the moment - can't think what I will do with them.
    6. The 'Help' button does sound useful, but, in my opinion, the 'Fav' button on the URC-200 with your list of 40 favourite channels is more useful.
    It is definitely an excellent alternative to a Harmony H655, especially if you don't like the idea of using the internet to program a remote (or if you don't have a PC).
     
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    interesting, no PC kinda makes the forum useless....(oka few people only have work access not ideal to prog the remote.............. you can add listen to music activities (actually 2 listen to Radio and listen to CD etc) multiple configs can be good when playing with system set-up, i have lost or broken one either but makes life easier if you do...............
    I have never used a URC 200 either....guess i am just disapointed you didnt become a "zealot"
     
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    :smashin: I'm a whole new kind of zealot now - :thumbsup:
     

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