One ring to control them all

One of the gripes around Chez Donahue is that our remote situation is out of control. Like a lot of folks with a nice surround sound system, DirecTivo, TV, DVD, and VCR in one room, we've got more than our fair share of remotes. The lovely Mrs. Donahue would like one universal remote that can rule them all, but that has always been tricky because most of the universal remotes suck, quite frankly, when it comes to duplicating the simplicity of the Tivo remote.

Until now….

The new Logitech Harmony 680 remote gives you great design and EXCEPTIONAL functionality. You set it up with your computer and it instantly populates all the codes for your existing hardware. It has all the right buttons to control your Tivo.

The best part for me, though, is the macro control. For example, I could program the "Watch TV" to turn on the surround sound, set the tuner to satellite, turn on the tv and select the S-Video feed, power up the DirecTivo, and activate the live TV feed. One button. At best in my house, that's a three button, two remote process.

(Hey, Merrin! Seeing Is believing – check it out here!)

Another macro, "Watch DVD" would switch the surround sound to another setting, set the tuner to DVD, power on the DVD player, and load up the title menu. "My Music" could be programmed to turn on the surround and adjust to the right setting, turn on the DirecTivo, tune into live tv, and select…the 80's music channel, for example.

Better yet? This sucker can power 15 devices, so when we finally go plasma display, HD TV, HD DirecTV, and HD Tivo, we're going to really be living large. Y

Notes:Now, I'm the first one to admit that it's expensive for a remote, so it's wise to Froogle around a little. TigerDirect generally has one of the lowest prices from the stores that I trust for online orders. Finally, there are several different models, but I"m specifically hoping for the

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