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  • 01-20-2012 3:46 AM

    • Kokomo
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    Harmony remotes & B&O

    Has anybody out there used, or is using, a Harmony remote to control their B&O equipment?

    All of my B&O kit, including the TV, are shown in their compatability list, however Harmony customer support have informed me that their remotes do not emit RF, only infrared and therefore cannot control RF devices.

    Here is part of their response:-

     ".....unfortunately Harmony remotes cannot control RF devices, all of Harmony remotes only sends IR signal to control the devices. Harmony 900 remote has an RF extenders which has the ability to control the devices that has no line of sight/ inside the cabinets, however this device still sends an IR signal."

    I may be mistaken, but I always thought that B&O used RF and not infrared which, if the case, then Harmony remotes are useless with B&O, so I'm totally confused.

    Can someone clarify things for me please? 

    Thanks.

  • 01-20-2012 5:57 AM In reply to

    • kallasr
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    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    I used a Harmony One to control some B&O.

    If the product is on their list on the web it will work.

    Ralf

     

     

    PS: sorry, not IR/RF etc. knowledge, just plain user experience ;-)

    My Beo: Beosound 3000, Beolab 4000, Beo 4 DVD,  Beolab 5000/Beomaster 5000, Beovox S45.2 with Stands, Beosystem 7000 black with Beolink 7000, Beolink 1000, F1000 (3 cubes), Beovox 5000, Beovox 3000, Attyca 1.

  • 01-20-2012 6:43 AM In reply to

    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    I am able to control my BeoSystem 5000 with a Harmony 890.

    BeoSystem 5000 (BM 5000, BG 5005, BC 5000, CD50), BeoCenter 3500, BeoCenter 2500, BeoLab 2500, BeoVox S-45, S-45.2, RL-140, CX-100, CX-50, C-75, 3 MCL82 link rooms, A8, 4001 relay and ambio 

  • 01-20-2012 10:45 AM In reply to

    • Kokomo
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    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    Thanks very much for the responses. Still not sure though whether or not the Beo4 emits infrared or RF!

    At least the Harmony units work though and that's what matters.

     

    Smile

  • 01-20-2012 11:01 AM In reply to

    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    Kokomo:
    Thanks very much for the responses. Still not sure though whether or not the Beo4 emits infrared or RF!

    It's IR, just as any regular remote. The carrier frequency however is mostly unique to B&O, which prevents many universal / learning remotes from being used, if they are not prepared for it.

    -mika

  • 01-20-2012 11:28 AM In reply to

    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    This question seems to recur every few months. I won't go into a long-winded post, try searching the site.

    You will find that Logitech Harmony remotes work just fine with BL1000 and ^ coded Beo.

    Regardless of what the Logitech support site may say, they will also work with earlier (pre BL1000) controlled Beo with some massaging.

    In short, my experience is that any IR controlled Beo will work with Harmony.

    Your ultimate satisfaction will be determined by how much time/effort you put into the configuration -a process which is lightyears ahead of configuring the Beo5/6.

    • B&o bottle opener
  • 01-20-2012 2:20 PM In reply to

    Re: Harmony remotes & B&O

    Kokomo:

    I may be mistaken, but I always thought that B&O used RF and not infrared which, if the case, then Harmony remotes are useless with B&O, so I'm totally confused.

    Can someone clarify things for me please? 

    Thanks.

    The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. IR and RF falls into this. B&O uses IR but at a higher frequency than standard consumer IR and that is where people get mixd up. Standard IR is 38kHz, B&O uses 455kHz, the RF in the UK is usually 433MHz,  totally different frequencies.

    So to clarify - B&O is defiitely IR but not all learning/prgrammable remotes can send the B&O codes.

    Take a look here for an excellent site dealing with Harmony remotes. They will be able to help re Harmony but won't know much about B&O.

    Stoobie

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