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Pronto 9600 or Harmony 1100

sambills76

Novice Member
Hi All,

Looking for a bit of advice. I've managed to source a pronto 9600 for £400 new and was looking to replace my Harmony one with an 1100 until I found the Philips for a good price....

Would you stick to the the upgrade to the 1100 or go for the Philips??
 

Loada

Active Member
Your choice will boil down to how much time you want to spend programming it. The Harmony will be quicker and easier to program but the Pronto is more capable yet will require more effort to get the most out of it. If you're happily using a Harmony One then you'll probably feel more at home sticking with the Harmony line.

You can obtain the Pronto Professional 3.0 programming software (Windows only) from the usual "remote place" and give it a try to get a feel for how you'd program it. The Pronto really comes into its own when you start using the Prontoscript programming language (to communicate with networked devices, for example) - if you just want a touchscreen remote that looks good and is easy to program and operate in a "normal" living room setup, the Harmony is probably the better bet. If you've got lots of kit and need some specialist control - RS232, X10, network and the like and can stomach the learning curve, the Pronto is (still) a great bit of kit despite being retired by Philips. If you're a "tinkerer", it's great fun...

For what its worth, I have (and have had) pretty much all the Prontos (including the 9600) over the years and would consider myself a skilled/experienced programmer of them (which includes Prontoscript - I'm a professional software engineer, by trade) but the demand for family-friendly controls and quick/easy programming means that I actually use a Harmony One for day-to-day remote duties at home and my Prontos have mostly been retired into "back-burner" projects (I dream of completing) in my "spare" time.

Hope that helps!
 

clockworks

Novice Member
I replaced a Marantz RC9200i with a Harmony 1100. I found it rather limited. I soon replaced it with a TSU9600.

The Pronto is a truly superb device, if you have the time and inclination to tinker with it. See it as a new hobby, and be prepared to put a lot of time into getting the best out of it.
 

logiciel

Moderator
Marantz and Pronto are in a different league from the Harmonys.
 

sambills76

Novice Member
My concern is that the programming element for the pronto may be a step too far.... Is it easy enough to get to grips with the programming? I'm also a mac user - does this cause any issues
 

clockworks

Novice Member
I'm pretty sure that the Pronto software won't run on OSX. You would have to run Windows on the Mac (Bootcamp dual boot or Parallels-type virtual machine), or use a PC.

The Pronto software isn't difficult to get started with, but it could take a long time to explore all the possibilities. It's reasonably user-friendly.
Prontoscript is a different matter, but you don't need to use that to get the Pronto to the level of a Harmony.
 

logiciel

Moderator
My understanding is that only professional programmers are allowed on the Prontos.
 

clockworks

Novice Member
Not sure if things have changed now, but I downloaded and ran the editing software with no problems. The only thing I wasn't able to do was upload the configuration file from my Pronto to my computer. Since I made the config file myself, this wasn't a problem.
 
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