Saturday, March 25, 2006

Harmony remote, technology extender


This weekend, I set up my grandmother with a new Series2 TiVo and a Harmony 880 remote, that we use at home.  Her system has some older components, where there aren't really enough inputs for all of her devices.  This causes her to use the AV switches in both her receiver and her TV to use a device.  For example, in order to watch a DVD the TV has to be switched to the DVD input, but the receiver needs to be switched to the CD.  It is pretty confusing to use the individual remotes to configure this.


The Harmony 880 is perfect for this situation.  The devices are still configured the way that they were, but now the remote hides that away from my grandmother.  Now to play a DVD, all that she needs to press is the "Watch a DVD" button, and the remote sets all of the devices correctly.  This is essentially extending the life of each of the devices.  Without this remote, I would be tempted to buy a new receiver that has enough inputs to handle all of the devices.


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