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Is there such a universal remote...?

...that can control an A/V receiver, TV, Cable box

AND
is able to switch the input/ source from the TV (ex. from HDMI to VGA... etc.) and the audio output on the receiver (ex. Video 1, Video 2, TV, DVD... etc...)

AND
has a SLEEP button to function for all devices????

If anyone wants to suggest anything, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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Yep, that's pretty much what they are for..

In reply to: Is there such a universal remote...?

just buy any universal remote that lists "Macro" or "Activity" buttons and it will turn on or off any components you want for that activity in the order you specify. They will also go several menus deep into you TV and other components to get the job done (swtiching from Video 1, 2, etc. in TV menues for instance). Obviously, they have to be programmed which you do by hooking it up to your computer via USB and accessing the manufaturers web site. The site will walk you through programming the remote the way you want it. Another big decision is whether or not to stick with infra red or spend a little extra on radio frequency. RF eliminates the need for line of sight or even being in the same room as the TV.

Mine doesn't have an internal timer, clock or sleep button but I could certainly program a button to activate the timer function on my TV or any other device with it's own timer. Sleep function on a remote that would shut down all components in a specified sequence using it's own timer is going to narrow the selection. I don't know which brands and models might have it. I've never thought of that before but it's a good idea.

Rusty

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Many don't give full control

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The best remotes are the ones that can "learn" functions from the original units remotes. These are really good for those special functions but the original remote has to be available to learn from. Many of the newer remotes are very expensive(over $100.) and still won't give you full control. Just as an example, I'm looking for one to use on a Pioneer fifty inch rear projection TV unit but the original is $175. but not available and the universals won't give me control over the SAP function.

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Universal remote

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The logitech harmony one does a good job. It does everything that you want except for having a sleep timer icon for all components. But you have to realize that there has to be a sleep icon button on your original remote from each component. And usually dvr's do not have a sleep timer button. But you can create a macro for the sleep timer on the logitech harmony one LCD screen to control the sleep timer for your A/V receiver and TV, but your dvr will still be on, because the original remote to the dvr does not have a sleep timer button. This is how I have my logitech harmony one set up.

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