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    Default Clean up all wires and accessories - ir blaster?

    Looking to leave nothing but TV unit itself and Polk's 6000 sound bar on the wall.

    I have space to play with on the other side of the wall so I can have all my wires there as well as Cablevision's TV box, I just can't put my finger on how to still be able to control that tv box via remote while it's behind the wall.
    Someone told me to look up IR BLASTERS but the ones I keep finding are either bluetooth depending or limited to specific brands of items.

    I assume there should be some kind of sensor that would "catch" tv box remote control signal and "transfer" it appropriate units - TV, cable box, external speakers, DVD player, Roku, Apple tv, whatever else people normally use.

    My units:
    Samsung tv
    Cablevision tv box (happens to be samsung as well but that can always change)
    Polk Audio 6000 sound bar
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1

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    I believe you want an IR repeater like this:
    http://www.smarthome.com/59501/Smart...-Sensor/p.aspx
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    i bought the logitech harmony smart control ..

    comes with a remote and the app is free if you want to use it on your phone


    supports RF and IR

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    +1 on the smart hub. Its simple, includes blasters and works very well.
    Receiver: ONKYO TX-SR806 7.1 surround 130 W/Ch THX Ultra2 Plus
    Mains: 2x Polk RTA 8TL's
    Surrounds: 2x Klipsch RS-41ii (because they fit perfectly over the door and window)
    Subwoofer: Speakerlab DAS-SW dual-voice-coil 10" '88 30Hz-150Hz
    Subwoofer Amp: ONKYO A-8019 AMP '85 100wpc
    Center: Polk CS245i
    Display: Samsung 55" UNC55-8000 3D LED
    Console: Xbox360
    DVR: custom MythTV rig w/ 3 tuners OTA
    Zone2: 2x Polk M4a '90

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    I use the Harmony Ultimate myself because I wanted a physical remote without always having to use a smart device. I just wanted to recommend something that wouldn't have to completely replace his current remote.
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    I use a Sewell BlastIR Emitter and Receiver to receive the IR signals from an "eye" and pass them to "flashers" aimed at the equipment in a cabinet. The brains of this are in a box and since the "flashers" connect to it with 1/8 plugs I tried to connect to my revceiver with a cable that has 1/8 plugs on each end. Trying to get answers from Harman Kardon support on actually connecting this was a frustrating waste of time, they always suggested their own (and more expensive) IR solution. (I thought hey, if I fry something I get to upgrade. Who knew it would actually work?! Woo hoo!)
    Also have a Logitech Harmony 650 to consolidate the controls and combine functions. The only drawback is that my Verizon FIOS box uses a different frequency so I have a second "eye" for it also outside the cabinet.
    From behind the Polk Soundbar 42 there are two eyes watching me watching TV!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mutelight View Post
    I use the Harmony Ultimate myself because I wanted a physical remote without always having to use a smart device. I just wanted to recommend something that wouldn't have to completely replace his current remote.
    +3 on the Harmony Smarthub, the regular comes with a simple remote and can manage like 6 devices, the ultimate comes with a better remote and an unlimited number of devices.
    Receiver: ONKYO TX-SR806 7.1 surround 130 W/Ch THX Ultra2 Plus
    Mains: 2x Polk RTA 8TL's
    Surrounds: 2x Klipsch RS-41ii (because they fit perfectly over the door and window)
    Subwoofer: Speakerlab DAS-SW dual-voice-coil 10" '88 30Hz-150Hz
    Subwoofer Amp: ONKYO A-8019 AMP '85 100wpc
    Center: Polk CS245i
    Display: Samsung 55" UNC55-8000 3D LED
    Console: Xbox360
    DVR: custom MythTV rig w/ 3 tuners OTA
    Zone2: 2x Polk M4a '90

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