"What a 'fantastic' performer!"4.5 starson by friver
Pros: Controls Sony HD TV, Pioneer Elite Receiver, Directv Sat , Sony DVD, Panasonic VCR, & Sony LD flawlessly. Activities control is a winner!
Cons: PC setup takes some doing. Be patient.
Summary: After taking the plunge into HD in Janurary, and purchasing a new Sony Bravia XBR40 LCD TV, a Pioneer Elite 72vsx Receiver, Sony DVP-NS70H DVD player, & a Directv H-20 Sat receiver and adding them to my Panasonic VCR & Sony LD player, my remote situation was most intimidating...especially for my wife.
Heard about & read reviews on Harmony remote products. I was intrigued but skeptical.Then read CNETs review of the new 550. Sounded too good to be true. Read several other reviews, all of which convinced me to go to Best Buy & look at a 550 & its stabelmates 1st hand.
The 550 looked great & felt great in hand. Spending nearly $150 for a remote may seem crazy, but after a weekend of living with my new toy, I can't praise it enough!
It works just as advertised!The 'Activities' button has brought all my electronics gear under control. I can now control 'everything', from listening to AM/FM, to DVD movies, to the Direct TV Program Guide, etc, etc.
One beautiful looking 550 remote now sits on an 'uncluttered' end table, making my whole HD setup work the way it was intended. While leaving the Family Room looking neat as a pin.
My only issue was in the PC setup. Took about an hour, including a call to Logitech tech support. They walked me through an issue I created by going a bit too quickly through the setup proceedure. They were very helpful and once the 550 was programed, all has worked like a dream!
I love it.