One of the challenges of constructing a home theater is controlling everything that’s in that home theater. Enter the Logitech Harmony 650 remote:

Logitech Harmony 650 remote
Logitech Harmony 650 remote

I bought this quite a while ago, but there should be newer models of the same remote, and the concept is still the same, which is being able to control everything in your home theater. In a typical home theater, you’ll need to control:

  • projector or tv
  • receiver or sound bar
  • blu ray player
  • lights

These can all be controlled by the Harmony or some other universal remote, if you so desire.  The screen makes it really easy to navigate those items, which is one of the downfalls of a lot of other universal remotes.  One other thing that it does that a lot of universal remotes don’t is store its settings through power cycles.

I would recommend a universal remote if:

  • you don’t like lots of remotes around
  • you don’t mind not having access to some fringe functions

I would not recommend it if:

  • you have a lot of equipment from specialized brands
  • you value speed over organization

A universal remote is almost always slower than a regular remote.  For my home theater, I use the universal remote for the lights but still use the other remotes most of the time.  The normal light remotes didn’t store the presets I wanted correctly but the Harmony did.

Hopefully this rundown helps.


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