having a soundridge M2000 fed by a NAS (DNS 323) with firefly, IÃ‚Â´d like to do the switching with only one device:
1. controlling M2000 mostly by presets an browsing in "artists"
2. controlling the volume and the on/off switching of the AMP
Would you recommend a programmable remote control
Thanks a lot , fbee
I would buy a Harmony remote from Logitech. These were first made in Canada by a company called Harmony, then Logitech bought them out.
I have a Harmony 880 and love it. There is a very reasonable one called a Harmony 550. The 550 only has four 'soft buttons" verse the eight on the 880 or others, but it's a very good deal. They are so simple to use, because you just choose an "activity" (e.g. Watch TV, Listen to Roku, etc) and by pressing that one button, the remote takes care of everything!
Then you can customize the soft buttons after the activity launches, something like
2. Media server
3. Amp toggle
Even though there are only four soft buttons, there are serveral banks of them that you can scroll thru with the left/right arrow buttons that are under the LCD display and you can use the number buttons for presets too. Also the other buttons don't have to do that they say, its totally customizable via the Harmony setup tool. You could make the button with the "play" icon be a once stop button turning on the Roku, and selecting a certain play list from the Roku's preset.
I have one harmony that is dedicated for my bedroom Roku and never turn it off (in other words, it's always on the soundbridge activity). To turn off the Roku, I use the "*" button, in that way, I can always be one button press away from anything. ALso, the other buttons do what they say too, the Menu button on the Harmony pulles up the Menu on the Roku and the info does info and exit is exit and so on...
Hope this helps, Matt
I types this very fast, so let me know if I need to expand on anything to make better sense!
EDIT: You can control your M2000 with a Nintendo DS (with internet browser module). In order to use a PDA, it has to have Wi-Fi and those cost more then the Sub $100 Harmony.
Roku3 and Roku HD1000 [Rev B] on a Samsung HLP5674W DLP in the living room; a Roku2 and two Roku XS and a few SoundBridges.Win7; Kubuntu and XP via RT-N66U, E2000 and a switch or two. I own stock in Roku, it's just all in the form of hardware.Viva la Roku