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Dead TV Remote - Options?

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Dead TV Remote - Options?

My TV remote seems to have died. I have tried changing out the batteries (thought that was the likely cause as indeed it has been quite a while since I changed them) and nothing seems to work. I have done a reset on the remote (Sony) to no avail. Tested for the remote sending an IR signal, and nothing. So I'm now looking at replacement options.

Never owned a Harmony or anything like that, but read that you have to have the original remote (and I assume working) - can someone who is in the know advise if that is true, or do they simply have a database of models you can choose from to emulate?

The other option is to just get a replacement of the same model, but with shipping, etc. I don't think it's that much more money to get an entry-level Harmony, that's why I was leaning in that direction, or, if there is yet another option I should consider, any input would be appreciated!
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You don't absolutely have to use the original remote to get a Harmony remote working. However, much depends on how complete your original remote's codes are in the Harmony database. What I can tell you is that, for my current setup, my Harmony did not have to learn any buttons from the original however I did have to teach my Harmony some buttons in the past.

One suggestion is to try the $4.00 remote from Dollarama. It may be good enough. We did that for a 25 year old Samsung TV when the remote died and it works perfectly.
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Interesting - did not know Dollarama sells a remote - thanks, may give that a try. While the Harmony is not a ton of money, at the same time I don't exactly have a gazillion devices to control/a very complex setup, so it may be a bit overkill nonetheless.
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If your hardwares are old. No worries the Harmony remote will control them. How many devices you want to control ?

Logitech Harmony 665 is a great option if you don't want to go all in with the hub (being able to control your devices with your phone or a smart assistant).
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Get a new TV. Plenty of pre-Black Friday deals at Visions, BestBuy and Costco now.

Then sell the old one.
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How did you test for the remote sending an IR signal?

It's always good to have Harmony remote, but best to wait for a sale. If you aren't absolutely sure what's broken, a $4 remote is a simple low-risk option.

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