@RickGr4 wrote: I am not trying to pick a fight with anyone here but I DO NOT care for some of the newer Harmony remotes, especially the Ultimate and the Ultimate One. The reason is very simple. The 0-9 buttons are on the touchscreen which means you need to look at the remote every time you want to directly change a channel or access a favorite. I want the 0-9 buttons to be "hard buttons" so I don't need to look at the remote to change channels. To me, the perfect remote is the one you can navigate every button with your thumb and never need to look at. If that is the goal, the Harmony One and Harmony 900 are nearly perfect remotes. The Harmony 650 is not too far behind and is a GREAT value for a remote that can usually be found for $40 to $50. Certiainly not picking a fight with me. :) Each Harmony has been a step backwards in that regard. The 650 had hard buttons associated with the screen positions, so I wouldn't have to look at the screen ever. The Harmony One broke that model and the Ultimate even more so. That made jump to the Ultimate not as bad for me. That being said, the Ultimate has some REALLY nice features that I like. Bluetooth control built in to the hub so you can do RF + Bluetooth control. (Sadly Sony broke this with the PS4.) Update over WiFi - make changes in the software, hit the "sync" command, and the remote and hub update over the Internet. No need for the USB cable. IR outputs for the blasters will also work with devices that support direct IR in (like my Denon and Oppo) I agree - I'm not 100% used to the control layout yet, but then again I never used the number keys on my One that much. I can never remember channel numbers. But I can have my Favorite channels on the screen of the remote and the new UI makes them very easy to get to.
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@RobertWy wrote: Since I had to replace my TX-NR609 a/v receiver with a TX-NR626 (no THX) I haven;t had to use my 650 remote. I have the backlit remote and I no longer have to switch sources when I turn on my system. BUT, the XR5 seems more sluggish than the 650. I may have to go back to using the 650. My wife pefers her XR2 to the 650. Do you have anything more than a TV and receiver? I've got: Sony KDL-52XBR6 TV Denon AVR-3808CI receiver Sony PS4 Xbox One X1 box (duh) Apple TV Oppo BDP-103D Logitech Squeezebox ...and my Harmony controls all of them just fine. :) I had the 650, and it was ok. The Harmony One is a great remote, but now that all of my gear is in a very nice cabinet with solid doors I needed an RF-based solution, so the Ultimate + Hub works for me.
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