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First Post so apologies if missing anything.

Been wanting a remote to control my big AV list of equipment and these have excellent reviews everywhere even when they sold for £60+. Apprently they require a bit of patience in setting up, which must be done plugged into a computer, but well worth the effort.

Thought it was quite interesting that Amazon are selling the 550 for $149.99 on US store... didn't realse the pound had dropped that far :p

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* Compatible with TVs, sound systems, and DVD players/recorders from over 3,000 electronics manufacturers
* Replace up to 15 remote control devices
* Sound and Picture convenience buttons help you change picture aspect ratios and sound modes
* Connect via Windows/Mac PCs to receive updates, configure remote
* Interactive LCD screen and backlit keypad
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#1
superb deal - i have had one of this for about four years now, perfectly happy with it - used a bit roughly and still not broken!
#2
mervinsx
superb deal - i have had one of this for about four years now, perfectly happy with it - used a bit roughly and still not broken!


Good to hear, as I've ordered. Hopefully the Mrs. will actually be able to use the bluray player and Popcorn Hour without my help now!
#3
Have one for year myself and it works great.

To configure the remote to work with ur devices you have to be online.
#4
Fantastic remote, had mine a couple of months and there's not one thing that's bad about it! Great software, and tonnes of customization. Shall order another for downstairs, thanks op!
#5
My wife will kill me. I already have the 525 which is great but for it to control a few more devices would be great.
#6
Great spot. Ordered.
#7
Got one of these and it's excellent. That's a bargain price at under £40
#8
"updgraded" from a 525 and hated this - stupid sound and picture buttons that cannot be remapped (unlike all the others) and break all other buttons when accidentally pressed (which you'll do a lot because they are the easiest to hit). disaster. only use the 555 myself because of this.
525/515 much better for ordinary users imho. who needs more than 10 devices (525) anyway?
#9
I really want to get one of these but every remote I have bought in the past has always had an issue with one of my devices so it doesnt end up replacing them all which is annoying.
Admittedly they were cheaper ones I had bought. Has anybody who already owns this had any isses with this not working with a device?
Im sure they all work with big brand name tv's and dvd players but for example I have a surround sound system which is a bit crap and is unbranded and nothing seems to work with it.
banned#10
work with MS media center reciever?
#11
compatibility is not an issue, you can always find something that works close enough or if need be learn from the old remote.
as long as it uses IR you should be ok.
these controllers in general are excellent just beware the ergonomic decisions on some of them (like this one).
banned#12
Smiff
compatibility is not an issue, you can always find something that works close enough or if need be learn from the old remote.
as long as it uses IR you should be ok.
these controllers in general are excellent just beware the ergonomic decisions on some of them (like this one).


do they have a profile for MS MCE remote though?

(i just bought one)
#13
Want a harmony but none seem to do bluetooth and radio frequency. Radio frequency to turn my power plug things on and bletooth to watch PS3/360 movies. So would still end up with 2 remotes and 2 pads.
#14
PS3 Blu-Ray remote too? being bluetooth and all
#15
I have a 525 and a logitech harmony adaptor for the PS3

Superb piece of kit, saves me having 5 remote controls and the one touch turn on and off is superb.
#16
My remote controls....

Samsung TV
Humax Freesat Box
Apple Mac Mini
Yamaha Amp
Xbox 360
Samsung DVD player

It also worked previously with a IR receiver I plugged into my pc from ebay.

What it doesn't work with is.....

Wii
PS3
Pure Evoke Flow

The PS3 uses bluetooth, the Wii doesn't come with a remote anyway and turns on using bluetooth again and the Pure Evoke Flow has a remote but it's an optional extra... There may be an update for this now; it's been some time since I plugged it into my computer.

The remote is activity based, so you say, play wii and it will change everything for the wii, and you just switch the wii on with the controller, same for the PS3.

Hope this helps someone...

Smiff, might want to edit your first post, makes little sense....
#17
Jimmyboy
I really want to get one of these but every remote I have bought in the past has always had an issue with one of my devices so it doesnt end up replacing them all which is annoying.
Admittedly they were cheaper ones I had bought. Has anybody who already owns this had any isses with this not working with a device?
Im sure they all work with big brand name tv's and dvd players but for example I have a surround sound system which is a bit crap and is unbranded and nothing seems to work with it.


I have this model and have an old Dell TV that it has 1 issue with. You can "program" everything except the shutdown. The issue I have is that the IR signal for my surround amp shutdown is the same as the TV, so when it shuts everything down it does -

TV,
Sky
Surround

But because the surround IR is the same it turns the TV back on! And thats literally the only issue I've ever had - you cant customise the "turn off".
#18
thedo
I have this model and have an old Dell TV that it has 1 issue with. You can "program" everything except the shutdown. The issue I have is that the IR signal for my surround amp shutdown is the same as the TV, so when it shuts everything down it does -
TV,
Sky
Surround
But because the surround IR is the same it turns the TV back on! And thats literally the only issue I've ever had - you cant customise the "turn off".


If you haven't done so ... would suggest you phone up the Logitech helpline to see if they have a workaround for it - ie recognise there may well be a fix/special code that would help.

(Friends had issues with an LG TV and the second line support, which phoned back within a few hours, spent half an hour sorting out special codes to make it work how we wanted it - and even tweaked a few extra things while they were at it - superb service that has led to three more purchases here since!)

MKD
#19
Thanks OP, been waiting to jump into getting one of these for a while.
#20
Got myself one of these last time they were a similar price, cracking remote. Only potential problem is they don't seem to like LG tvs much cos of the way they change input. Been back and forward with customer service for a while because the thing refuses to go to HDMI1 first time. Kind of given up now, I can live with having to press 2 buttons instead of about 5 remotes...
#21
Dylan1357
My remote controls....

Samsung TV
Humax Freesat Box
Apple Mac Mini
Yamaha Amp
Xbox 360
Samsung DVD player

It also worked previously with a IR receiver I plugged into my pc from ebay.

about to buy a new amp/dvd home cinema system so tempted by this as i'll have one more remote control.

Would this work with
my cheap LCD TV (not a known brand)
a samsung or Panasonic dvd amp system
a hdmi swich box with little ir receiver?
#22
ra3ac
Want a harmony but none seem to do bluetooth and radio frequency. Radio frequency to turn my power plug things on and bletooth to watch PS3/360 movies. So would still end up with 2 remotes and 2 pads.
This works fine with the 360 via infra red.
#23
Who the hell has 15 remote devices :-o
#24
bykergrove
work with MS media center reciever?


This will definitely work with MS media centre receiver. I am using one at home. When you set it up you just add a media centre PC.
#25
mk-donald
If you haven't done so ... would suggest you phone up the Logitech helpline to see if they have a workaround for it - ie recognise there may well be a fix/special code that would help.

(Friends had issues with an LG TV and the second line support, which phoned back within a few hours, spent half an hour sorting out special codes to make it work how we wanted it - and even tweaked a few extra things while they were at it - superb service that has led to three more purchases here since!)

MKD


Contacted them, and the support was amazingly quick, but they said that it couldnt be fixed without allowing programmable turn off, which they didnt have scheduled. I've actually not updated my remote in months now, so maybe they can do it now.

All in all its the bees knees. And a damn fine excuse to buy a new TV (so it doesnt keep turning it back on :thumbsup:)
#26
wii is fine with this imho since the remote can put your TV and receiver to the correct inputs, wii itself wakes up from its own remote and why would you want this to control the wii?

Bluetooth products like PS3 should work via Logitech's BT adapter (never tried it, don't need it).

I seriously can't believe no one pointed out Logitech's decision to add two un-remappable buttons on the 555, no one pointed out this issue here before, hence why i am now. if you're used to the mute/back buttons on the 525/515 its a total disaster.
I would do yourself a favour (and maybe save some money) and get the 525, even if its slightly worse build quality. or go up to the colour screen versions because these all have monchrome screens which are hard to read for anyone long sighted.


I bet that LG problem is fixable with some creative workarounds learning from the old remote, but you need to be a geek to do this. or ask Logitech support, i hear they are helpful.
#27
At the push of one button, can this remote switch on my projector, change the hdmi output of a hdmi switch and bring down an electric projecter screen?
#28
I have the 525 and it's an absolutely lovely device, I've played around with the cheap all in ones before and nothing touches the Harmony for flexibility and ease of use.

Being able to programme activities is a dream with one button my amp comes on goes to the right input, the TV goes on and to the right input, The sky box goes on. All goes off with one button or if I decide to watch a DVD, one more button press and everything is switched to the right inputs or if not needed turned off.

Great deal but as I've said my experiences are with the model down from this
#29
I bought this item on the 22nd Feb 2010 for exactly the same price, so a good deal but a continuing one.
#30
I always wanted to buy one of these, but was never sure how it can help me with my setup : I physically have to change the sound output switcher (HQ Optical TOSlink 3 Port Switch) connected to a Sony DAV DZ260 amp, to switch between sound output from sources like squeezebox, TV, PS3 and media pc.

The reason for this is that my Sony amp has only 1 optical output, 1 coaxial and a few other. I don't know what the best solution would be so I wouldn't have to get up and change the stupid switch each time I change the source.

Could anybody give me an idea what I need to do to avoid this, so I could then use this harmony remote and switch between sources w/o having to get off my comfy couch ever again ? :)
#31
Can this change AV channel for you to automatically switch to the right one?

Say I am sat watching Virgin via HDMI1 and I press Play Xbox how does it know which AV channel to switch to, same as when I am watching a DVD and I press Play Xbox how would it know I was starting from a different point and to end up on Component.

Or have I miss read the info
1 Like #32
dsmuk
Can this change AV channel for you to automatically switch to the right one?

Say I am sat watching Virgin via HDMI1 and I press Play Xbox how does it know which AV channel to switch to, same as when I am watching a DVD and I press Play Xbox how would it know I was starting from a different point and to end up on Component.

Or have I miss read the info


You setup each device in first, TV , AMP, XBOX etc, then set the main buttons with what happens which each one, eg

"Play Game"=TV to ON, TV input to HDMI, AMP to ON , AMP Input to Game, XBOX to ON.

Depending on you TV and AMP it either switches direct to the right input , if the original remote has buttons for each, or keeps hitting "next input" to get the right one (and it knows where it was last so knows how many next's it needs)
1 Like #33
I have a "lower spec" Harmony remote (515 if memory serves - I'm not at home now) and it's fantastic. Have had it for a year or so, and bought one for the parents last Christmas because I love it so.
One of the buttons stopped working after a couple of months so I emailed customer support. Wasn't a big problem to be without that button - I just reprogrammed one of the spare buttons to do the action I needed.
I had a brand new one arrive in the post a few days later (FOC of course).
Absolutely fantastic customer support.

BiGT-
At the push of one button, can this remote switch on my projector, change the hdmi output of a hdmi switch and bring down an electric projecter screen?

If they're all operated by IR then yes - you can easily set a button that will do those three things as a macro.

dsmuk
Can this change AV channel for you to automatically switch to the right one?

Say I am sat watching Virgin via HDMI1 and I press Play Xbox how does it know which AV channel to switch to, same as when I am watching a DVD and I press Play Xbox how would it know I was starting from a different point and to end up on Component.

Or have I miss read the info

It keeps track of what you're currently doing. So if you hit "watch TV/Virgin" it'll turn the TV and the V box on and switch the AV to the correct channel. If you then hit "play xbox" it'll keep the TV on, turn the V box off, turn the xbox on, and switch to the correct AV channel.
If you use another remote it'll mess with that, of course, so do be sure to hide all your old remotes in a cupboard or something.

Should anything go wrong in one of the macros (for instance, if it switching to the wrong AV channel because someone used the old remote for something) then you have a number of easy fixes. You can hit the "help" button and it'll do a quick easy troubleshoot on the device's screen (you hit Yes/No to each question and it'll sort it out), or you can at any point perform a one-off action on any one of the devices with a few simple button presses (eg hit "devices", then "TV", then "AV" once or twice until it's on the right one).

You really can't go wrong with these things. I scoffed at the ridiculous idea when I first heard people would pay upwards of £50 to replace their remote controls with an all-in-one, but I'm glad I eventually saw the light and invested in one.

HnR+
Great price for this model.


Edit - I see phead beat me to it on the latter question ;)
1 Like #34
dsmuk
Can this change AV channel for you to automatically switch to the right one?

Say I am sat watching Virgin via HDMI1 and I press Play Xbox how does it know which AV channel to switch to, same as when I am watching a DVD and I press Play Xbox how would it know I was starting from a different point and to end up on Component.

Or have I miss read the info


Yup, it can - it's a state-based remote, so, provided you just use it for everything, it knows your current state of all your devices. You define "activities" and you tell it what's involved in each activity, what device, what channel, what other options... I have it at home controlling
Panasonic LCD
Apple TV
Marantz CD Player
Marantz AV Amp
Topfield PVR
Sony Bluray
Sony Projector

I have activities defined as
Watch TV (turns on TV, switches to the Topfield PVR channel, turns the Amp to TV input)
Watch DVD (turns on TV, switches to BluRay input, turns on BluRay, turns Amp to BluRay input)
Watch AppleTV, Listen to Music, etc etc...

If you go from, say, Watch TV, to Watch AppleTV, it already knows the TV is on, the amp is on, all it does is switch input on the TV and switch input on the Amp.

I used to have one of the Kameleon's and the difference is night & day, the kids never really sussed the Kameleon out, the Harmony is a breeze to use.

Edit: Jeeeeeeeeeezzzz... Must learn to type faster..... It's good, right, go buy it!
#35
We've had this remote for about 3 years- works well no problems with it at all
#36
Thanks for that, was wondering how it would know which input to be selecting etc but now I understand... one way to get around the other remotes being used would be to remove the batteries from them!

What a handy little device!
#37
Late


If they're all operated by IR then yes - you can easily set a button that will do those three things as a macro.


Brilliant thanks for the help, do all of the harmony remotes work like this then?
#38
BiGT-
At the push of one button, can this remote switch on my projector, change the hdmi output of a hdmi switch and bring down an electric projecter screen?


Yes it can. That electric projector screen needs IR that the remote will recognise and store it as a device. Then you can set the remote to do all the above without problems.

Well there is alot behind getting all to work flawlessly, like the delay response. Some devices require a few more ms to get the signal while others dont. Once you find that all the devices do switch on without hiccups then you are good to go.
#39
Thanks OP, ordered!
#40
OMG HOT, i got like 5 remotes downstairs, and didnt even consider buying a universla remote, what a price, THANK YOU

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