Here are my thoughts on the XR2 remote with the Xfinity X1 receiver.... I really like the X1 receiver. I really like the XR2 (U2) remote. What I like about the remote, it's simple! Not a lot of confusing buttons on it, just the essential stuff. For the majority of users who have a surround sound receiver like I do, you want (minimally) for the remote to turn on/off the surround sound receiver and control the volume. You also want the remote to simultaneously turn on/off your HDTV with the master "All Power" switch. The XR2 does this. Well, it does this on some equipment but as previous threads will testify not all manufactures work properly. Bummer! For instance, on my Onkyo surround sound receiver the remote will turn on the receiver, but not off!! This is because Onkyo uses separate codes for on and off. Now on my Pioneer surround sound receiver the XR2 works perfectly. That's because Pioneer uses one code to "toggle" on/off. I suspect this snafu exists with other model receivers as well. This fault IMHO lies solely with Comcast engineers inability to design a remote control to handle this very basic function. I mean, come on guys! How much more basic can designing a remote control to properly turn on/off a device be? Especially with memory chips being so inexpensive there's no reason why they don't have every code for every HDTV and surround sound receiver ever built stored in the remote! Really! Additionally, the official information from Comcast regarding programming this remote is mostly in error and inadequate. For example, the codes they give for Pioneer Audio are mostly incorrect. I finally found the correct programming codes in this user forum. Bad Comcast!! It's been suggested that if all else fails go out and buy a Logitech Harmony universal remote. While this will solve the problem of controlling three devices with one remote, I didn't want to do it! For one thing, the Logitech remotes are IR (infra red) only. What I like about the XR2 is its ability to control the X1 using UHF. That means that if I'm lying on the sofa and I want to change channels I don't have to point the remote at the X1 receiver. With the Logitech I would have to, since IR is line of sight only. Again, bummer! There's no reason why this remote couldn't do everything it was designed to do. None! The bottom line is Comcast has some pretty shoddy engineering going on. Excellent concept, bad execution. They need to fix this!!!
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