this is one of those he said/she said... and then she rolled her eyes
the situation: we use a harmony 900 remote (love it!) to control the display + soundbar + blu-ray player + cable box. inexplicably, the remote recently stopped working on RF (radio frequency, i.e., click anywhere) but still works on IR (infared, i.e., point & click). i tried all the easy fixes. no luck.
my beloved says IR is good enough... why bother calling tech support? granted, it works fine. but it means having the 80‘s-metallic-grey cable box sticking out so we can get line of sight for IR.
me? i’m going to get RF working again because i like being able to point at the dog and have the tv come on. but my question is this: do most guys not care about the aesthetics of the set-up? would the visible (and tacky) cable box bother you?