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Step into the world of advanced universal remotes. Get intuitive, one-touch control over all your home entertainment. Watch a movie or TV, play music and more with just one touch on one remote. Its that easy.

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#1
good looking price
#2
I've just bought the 555 for £10 more, good price for something that was £60 in January (I've been waiting for them all to come down in price).
#3
I think there's very little difference between the 555 and the 525 - just a couple of extra buttons on the 555. For £10, I decided I didn't need them and would go with the 525.

Ben.
#4
27.64GBP at expansys.com if you use the 10.00GBP discount code http://www.hotukdeals.com/all/vouchers/new?expired=false&mf=149 which expires on 30 October!
#5
I have a 525, and I think its absolutely horrible to use for normal operations.

I used it to multi region hack my Panasonic DVD player though, which was good, as you can download the macros to do the job. The remote has been unused since though and is just sat gathering dust.

Still contemplating the Harmony One at 79.99 from Amazon, which looks nicer than the Kameleon I am currently using.
#6
I *love* my 525. I had a Harmony 1000 but eventually sent it back as it kept on locking up and freezing whenever I turned the volume up on my amp, (pretty sure the whole street could hear that happening!!) and the only way to stop it was to fumble with the battery compartment and prise out the the battery. So I went from top of the range to bottom and to be honest I'm glad I did! The Harmony remotes are all compatible with each other so the 525 loaded up all the settings of the 1000 straight away (took literally 2 mins to do) and as it has the 4 coloured buttons for sky+ its a doddle to use. Build quality could be better, its lasted 18 months of family & friend use so far, I think if I ever dropped it on the wood floor tho it wouldn't survive, but otherwise for £30 I may buy a spare!

Oh and this model does not have a built-in rechargeable battery, I use 4x AAA rechargeables and they last a few weeks per charge.

With all these discounted prices on Logitech remotes, does that mean there are new models incoming?
#7
just ordered one and did the amazon Prime free trial so hopefully it should be with me tomorrow.
#8
i've got a 525 and it's fantastic, even handling the media center, although with the media center turning itself off after a period of inactivity, the remote still thinks it is on, which can cause problems, but for most normal items, it's five star!
#9
Had mine a few months and think its great, took a little bit of fiddling around to get the DVD functions set up but everything else was simple, batteries got changed for the first time this week and had it about 2/3months so far.. Works with Xbox360 etc as well and all in all one of the better gadgets I have bought lately! Well worth £30 to get rid of a bunch of remotes sat on ya table.
#10
I got one from eBuyer for £35 a couple months ago, like most of the current owners, its a fab remote, with tons of support and capability.

I don't think the 555 is any better, and the blue lights on this one make it look nicer! bargain at £30.

Only annoying thing was that it kept crashing initially when I bought it, but a return and resend it worked perfectly since!
#11
http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-harmony/thread.cgi?4251

The 550(5) comes in a darker color, replaces the Mute & Previous buttons with Page Up/Down. Adds & Moves the Mute/Previous buttons below the Volume & Channel buttons. Also adds the Picture, Sound, A, B buttons in an extra row below the keypad. Keys are softer (like the 676) and a tad shallower compared to the 520(5).


Is the 525 really ok with a 360 or should I be looking to get the proper 360 one?
#12
Anyone know if this would work with a Bang & Olufsen Beovision TV ?

My 17 month old has destroyed the B&O remote and they cost hundreds to replace!
#13
I have one of these got it on Amazon for £35 a while back - it's alright not the best a bit fiddly
#14
Tronads
I have a 525, and I think its absolutely horrible to use for normal operations.

What "operations" :?

If you'd set it up correctly, you'd have a one-touch Macro to control all your devices - all you ever have to do is hit a single button !
#15
Tronads
I have a 525, and I think its absolutely horrible to use for normal operations.

I used it to multi region hack my Panasonic DVD player though, which was good, as you can download the macros to do the job. The remote has been unused since though and is just sat gathering dust.

Still contemplating the Harmony One at 79.99 from Amazon, which looks nicer than the Kameleon I am currently using.


If you don't like the 525, there's no point spending £80 on a Harmony One. Conceptually, they are the same thing. You are meant to stop thinking about controlling devices and think about doing activities. To best appreciate these remotes, you need to change your mindset. Configuring the remote for easy use can also be quite a bit of fiddling. If you try to use them as a normal remote, they are a bit pointless and too fiddly. But if you buy in the concept and have a complex setup they are a god send.
#16
I've had one of these and to begin with it was a real chore to use, but once I got use to it, it was brilliant! was so nice to get rid of all the remotes. However after a couple of months of perfect use it started to lock up and crash all the time so it's now gathering dust. If it works it's recommended but I'd make sure you keep the reciept incase it breaks.
#17
Nom
What "operations" :?

If you'd set it up correctly, you'd have a one-touch Macro to control all your devices - all you ever have to do is hit a single button !


Actually 2: Activities + Watch DVD. This:

Power up the TV if is is not on.
Switch the TV to the correct input for DVD
mute the TV
turn on the AV amp (which automatically turn on the power amp via 12V)
switch the AV Amp to DVD input
turns on the DVD player
turns on the subwoofer

configure the remote so that volume up/down affect the AV Amp and OK/play/pause/arrows/etc affect the dvd player, etc.
#18
yant
Actually 2: Activities + Watch DVD. This:

Power up the TV if is is not on.
Switch the TV to the correct input for DVD
mute the TV
turn on the AV amp (which automatically turn on the power amp via 12V)
switch the AV Amp to DVD input
turns on the DVD player
turns on the subwoofer

configure the remote so that volume up/down affect the AV Amp and OK/play/pause/arrows/etc affect the dvd player, etc.


My current model does loads more than just changing channels, she cooks, cleans...........:whistling:
#19
I ordered one of these last week from Expansys - was 27quid delivered using the £10 off voucher posted on here.

Oh and 555 is the 525 replacement. Only difference is 2 extra (pretty useless) buttons and orange backlight vs. blue.

;-)

Edit: Posted it here:)
#20
Now, "Available in 3 to 5 weeks"

Or to put it another way, "We'll email you to cancel in 3 to 5 weeks"
#21
Dudley
Now, "Available in 3 to 5 weeks"

Or to put it another way, "We'll email you to cancel in 3 to 5 weeks"


I've set the thread to expired.
#22
yant
Actually 2: Activities + Watch DVD. This:

Power up the TV if is is not on.
.

Fallen at the first hurdle. How does the Harmony know if the TV is not on, or your Amp in DVD+DTS 5.1 mode, if the TV, like many other devices, only supports "toggle" on and off or step-through commands, instead of discrete codes for power on,off and input / mode selection? Unless you're lucky enough to have eqiuipment that has discrete commands for every function, the only way macro operation can be 100% reliable is to start eveything from a known state, i.e..kill the power to everything in the room before you start!

Which is where this and other "macro" remotes fail miserably. That, and by assuming that all your TV, Amp, DVD, Media PC, Lights, etc, are in the same corner of the room. By the time you've gone through all the steps in the "why didn't it work" help script, and managed to pointed the remote in the right direction for every command, you might as well have got off your a$$ and pressed the buttons yourself.
#23
ben.harris;3251608
I think there's very little difference between the 555 and the 525 - just a couple of extra buttons on the 555. For £10, I decided I didn't need them and would go with the 525.

Ben.


I believe the 555 is supposed to have better build quality all-round.
#24
Tronads;3251811
I used it to multi region hack my Panasonic DVD player though, which was good, as you can download the macros to do the job. The remote has been unused since though and is just sat gathering dust.


Nice to know about the hack, I need to hack my Pioneer to multi-region and the latest firmware, I'd use my phone but the iPhone doesn't have any remote control software that uses ccf files.
#25
MeGaMaN
Anyone know if this would work with a Bang & Olufsen Beovision TV ?


Most likely

MeGaMaN
My 17 month old has destroyed the B&O remote and they cost hundreds to replace!


Check here
#26
ben.harris
I've set the thread to expired.


Showing back in stock now
#27
bryan1979
Showing back in stock now


Cheers - I've requested for it to be un-expired.
#28
PoisonJam
I believe the 555 is supposed to have better build quality all-round.


I read a couple of other forums, comparing the two, and the verdict was that the build quality wasn't any different. The only differences they noted were that a were a couple of buttons were moved, a couple were added, and that the screen was orange instead of blue.

Ben.
#29
Northerner;3253006
Fallen at the first hurdle. How does the Harmony know if the TV is not on, or your Amp in DVD+DTS 5.1 mode, if the TV, like many other devices, only supports "toggle" on and off or step-through commands, instead of discrete codes for power on,off and input / mode selection? Unless you're lucky enough to have eqiuipment that has discrete commands for every function, the only way macro operation can be 100% reliable is to start eveything from a known state, i.e..kill the power to everything in the room before you start!

Which is where this and other "macro" remotes fail miserably. That, and by assuming that all your TV, Amp, DVD, Media PC, Lights, etc, are in the same corner of the room. By the time you've gone through all the steps in the "why didn't it work" help script, and managed to pointed the remote in the right direction for every command, you might as well have got off your a$$ and pressed the buttons yourself.



To some extent I agree, but used properly it works very well. As long as you don't try to use existing remotes and the Harmony you don't have a problem. If it gets into a mess the 'Help' button works really well as it simply asks you a question, i..e is the TV on and if you answer 'No' it sends the command again.
#30
universal remotes in home bargains atm, for £1.99
#31
Does anyone know what this beast is like with Sky+?

I've found a lot of universal remotes don't like + all that much...

Any ideas?

Regards,
Gerard
#32
Daaker33
universal remotes in home bargains atm, for £1.99


No doubt just next to the 3p beans, the £2 mis-priced tellys and the £14.99 surround sound system.
1 Like #33
sirclive;3256123
Does anyone know what this beast is like with Sky+?

I've found a lot of universal remotes don't like + all that much...

Any ideas?

Regards,
Gerard


Works very well, I've had no issues at all with Sky+
#34
im torn between the 2.... (525/555)
1 Like #35
francodevil;3257893
im torn between the 2.... (525/555)


Depends how serious about your AV you are? If you have a lot of equipment and use it regularly then I would even suggest that this might only be a stop-gap and you'll want to upgrade to a a Harmony One once you realise how useful they are! I started with an older Harmony that took AA batteries and quickly upgraded to the 885 with its charging cradle etc.

If on the other hand you think you'll stick with this, from what I've read it's better to pay the little extra and get the 555. I know they look almost identical (bar the 2 extra buttons) but the 555 really is supposed to be built to a higher standard. Look at the reviews on Amazon - the 525 averages 3.5* while the 555 averages 4.5*.
#36
Northerner
Fallen at the first hurdle. How does the Harmony know if the TV is not on, or your Amp in DVD+DTS 5.1 mode, if the TV, like many other devices, only supports "toggle" on and off or step-through commands, instead of discrete codes for power on,off and input / mode selection? Unless you're lucky enough to have eqiuipment that has discrete commands for every function, the only way macro operation can be 100% reliable is to start eveything from a known state, i.e..kill the power to everything in the room before you start!

This is totally wrong.

Your Harmony knows exactly what state everything is in, because IT IS DOING THE CONTROLLING :roll:
Everything is always in "a known state" ... because said states are being set by the Harmony !

It's trivial for it to remember what it has turned on and off. And it copes perfectly with step-through commands and toggle commands, like those used by my LG telly. For example, it's more than happy to step-through my inputs one by one, to AV1 when it hit the "Watch PVR button", because my telly doesn't support discrete codes.

Before spouting such nonsense, perhaps you should go and use a Harmony ? Far from "failing miserably", they work brilliantly.
#37
Nom;3259342
This is totally wrong.

Your Harmony knows exactly what state everything is in, because IT IS DOING THE CONTROLLING :roll:
Everything is always in "a known state" ... because said states are being set by the Harmony !

It's trivial for it to remember what it has turned on and off. And it copes perfectly with step-through commands and toggle commands, like those used by my LG telly. For example, it's more than happy to step-through my inputs one by one, to AV1 when it hit the "Watch PVR button", because my telly doesn't support discrete codes.

Before spouting such nonsense, perhaps you should go and use a Harmony ? Far from "failing miserably", they work brilliantly.


A little understanding on both sides may help :thumbsup::thumbsup:

As per my last post if you only use the Harmony it works most of the time. 100% is pushing it a little as occasionally a device will miss a change (often caused by me pointing the remote in completely the wrong direction!!) but it's still easy to get it working again without resorting to turning everything off.

Where you run into serious problems is using existing remotes and the Harmony as the current state of each device will quickly get out of step.
#38
PoisonJam
Depends how serious about your AV you are? If you have a lot of equipment and use it regularly then I would even suggest that this might only be a stop-gap and you'll want to upgrade to a a Harmony One once you realise how useful they are! I started with an older Harmony that took AA batteries and quickly upgraded to the 885 with its charging cradle etc.

If on the other hand you think you'll stick with this, from what I've read it's better to pay the little extra and get the 555. I know they look almost identical (bar the 2 extra buttons) but the 555 really is supposed to be built to a higher standard. Look at the reviews on Amazon - the 525 averages 3.5* while the 555 averages 4.5*.


thankyou for a well explained answer, repped.

555 it is then, damn hotdeals:w00t:
#39
SteveA
Where you run into serious problems is using existing remotes and the Harmony as the current state of each device will quickly get out of step.

Agreed - but I think that's a given. Once you get your Harmony, then you should safely stash all your other remotes away :)
#40
My remote has just arrived. Programmed it up and just done a few tests and I am very impressed. Should of got one of these years ago.

The only problem I have encountered so far is that when it powers the Media centre up from standby, the MCE comes back in a locked mode and I have to press the ok key on the remote to fully enter windows.

Now all I have to do is to remove the batterys from the original remotes and provide a bit of training for the OH and the kids.

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