If I were a more experienced HT guy, I'd have a better handle on this BUT.. I've spent most of a day trying to program the remote that came with my Onkyo TX SR800 to operate the rest of my system ( a motorola HD cable box, Onkyo Cd player, Onkyo tape deck, Sony DVD player and Toshiba projection TV). So far I'm about 60% successful. My simplistic question is, are the aftermarket controllers easier to deal with? Am I just suffering from newbie-itis and it gets easier with experience? The controller allows both learning and programmable functions and since I have no code for my motorola box, I need to use both methods. I find that some functions work and some don't. Is this typical? A secondary problem is that the Onkyo stuff is supposed to connect with what they call R1 cable. I don't have these cables, but they appear to be simple 1/8" phono plugs. Unfortunately, I've tried the cables I have on hand with no luck. Sorry for the rambling. I guess my primary question is; do I suck it up and keep trying to make this Onkyo controller work, or cut my loses and buy an aftermarket controller? If it's the latter, my next obvious question is what to shop for?