grahamlthompson - 1 day ago »
Faust - 14 minutes ago »
andysue - 19 hours ago »
Well I received the 5 port hub today (only ordered it Monday). The remote works from about a foot away so that is useless. Learned the remote into the Harmony & it works ok from where I sit. So now I can record up to 8 programes if I want including freeview & freesat. Does get a bit complicated though. Her indoors is already confused! oh well perhaps I should buy her a Harmony, shell probably think it is hairspray!
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It came with a power lead as well which it doesnt show & you dont need it. Now back to see if the 5000T works properly.
I purchased a Harmony a few years ago but I sent it back after the wife threatened to beat me around the head with it. She was completely bamboozled by the complexity, and I have to admit I thought she was right. We now have six separate remotes clearly marked up and 'harmony' has been restored.
The whole point is that they make a complex set up easy to use.
To turn on my system from scratch to say watch my HDR-1000S you have to
1 Turn on the 1000S
2 Turn on My TV
3 Select the correct HDMI input
4 Turn on my amplifier
5 Select the 1000S HDMI input.
Better half only has to press one button on my Harmony remote
If she wants to watch say a recording on my FVP-5000T while watching the 1000S. She presses a button marked watch FVP-5000T.
This puts the 1000S in sby and selects the appropriate input on the amplifier. No change on TV as a single HDMI cable connects all the kit in my kit rack.
I do take note of what you are saying Graham. However, as our setup stands the wife knows the Panasonic remote switches on the TV. If she wants to just watch Freeview then she stays with that.
If she wants to watch either the Freesat BT Youview, Apple TV, or Chromecast then she knows to select AV on the Panny remote and choose between HDMI inputs 1-3 and use the remote for whichever input she has selected.
The Sonos soundbar will play audio whichever input has been selected.
Both the wife and I can follow that setup far easier than we could the Harmony.