Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Rogers, 9865 & 8300-eHDD, Panasonic TCP65S1, Denon AVR4310Ci; Sony KDL40W3000, 8300-eHDD
I have 3 applications and use the Rogers remotes for all of them (one on each floor of our home - HT in the developed basement, TV on the second floor, and stereo receiver with in-wall speakers on the main floor.)
I use the SA8300HD Rogers remote and I like it. I have programmed it so that it turns on my STB and the TV with one button press. I have also programmed it to control the volume on my HT Yamaha receiver.
Since 95-99% of the time I'm watching the SA8300HD on my TV with the HT Yamaha receiver on (I never listen to the TV speakers), I'm using the 8300HD remote 95-99% of the time.
The SA8300HD remote can also control my VCR, however, I haven't used the VCR more than once or twice in the almost 2 years I've had the DVR.
I also use a Rogers remote for my SA3250HD to control that STB and the TV connected to it on the second floor. For that particular application, I use the variable volume on the STB since I don't have a receiver in the loop.
I also use a Rogers remote for my other Yamaha receiver (no TV connected). This may sound really strange, but I have a free SD (SA1840) STB that Rogers supplies me as part of my package and I use it to listen to the Galaxy (commercial free) channels. I have the STB volume on "fixed" and again have programmed the remote to control the receiver's volume. The Rogers remote can also switch inputs and cycle through the FM stations on the receiver, so, again, it's the only remote I use.
(I had to hook the SA1840 STB to a TV to set it all up, however, now it's simply working with the receiver. I also had to exchange the remote that came with the 1840 since it didn't have an AUX button, but that was easy to do and I was going by the Rogers store in my area anyway).
The only time I don't use the Rogers remote is for playing DVDs on my HT. Then I use the remote that came with my HT Yamaha receiver to control the DVD player, the TV and the receiver.
I can understand the appeal of a Harmony remote, but I don't need one due to the way I work things.
I'm not saying I love the remotes, but they work for me and I may be unique in this regard...