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Old 05-16-2013, 05:19 AM   #1  
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These questions are going to sound stupid but I am trying to figure some things out before I actually buy a new AVR and then just get frustrated during setup. I plan on getting a Sony STR-DH540, not your choice I'm sure but my choices are limited. I have a Directv receiver and an Apple TV. Anyway, after all is setup, would like to turn on receiver, select input and then use the device remote instead of the AVR remote. Is that the way these AVR systems function or must I continue using the AVR remote? Cause that won't work with either device I want to connect to the AVR.

Another question I have is - what if I don't change the input name on the AVR? For example, as long as I connect the Apple TV to an HDMI input on the AVR and then select that input when I want the Apple TV to function, does it matter if it says DVD on the AVR and remains saying that? I mean will it quit functioning if I don't rename it? I read somewhere on the Internet that it would.
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I can't help you with the remote question but as far as the input, as long as you're plugged into the proper input it doesn't matter what its named
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Almost all devices remotes can be programmed to do what you want. My Sony TV's remote will activate my Onkyo AVR, and my Onkyo's remote will activate my Sony TV.
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You can call an input whatever you want. The name doesn't matter. As for remotes, check all of your device manuals to see what they say about controlling other components. Or, do what many of us have done - get a Harmony to replace all if your remotes. Harmonys run everything.
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Thank you. As far as remote, I don't mind using each device remote instead of having one for all. I just wanted to make sure that it would be possible to use, say the apple remote after turning on both AVR and Apple TV and selecting that input.

Maybe consider Harmony remote later after everything is setup and working well and I then get tired of reaching for this and that remote.
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Thank you. As far as remote, I don't mind using each device remote instead of having one for all. I just wanted to make sure that it would be possible to use, say the apple remote after turning on both AVR and Apple TV and selecting that input.

Maybe consider Harmony remote later after everything is setup and working well and I then get tired of reaching for this and that remote.
You will never regret a harmony (man's best friend,and it keeps wives from bitchin').
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Thank you. As far as remote, I don't mind using each device remote instead of having one for all. I just wanted to make sure that it would be possible to use, say the apple remote after turning on both AVR and Apple TV and selecting that input.

Maybe consider Harmony remote later after everything is setup and working well and I then get tired of reaching for this and that remote.
Yes - all remotes will continue to operate their particuar device no matter what it is connected to so with each individual remote handy you can achieve all functions. As stated the display or name of an input is strictly cosmetic and has no bearing on function. Also as stated Harmony remotes are awesome - mine replaced
1) Tv remote
2) AVR/Receiver remote
3) Xbox 360 media remote
4) Projector remote
5) Electric projector screen remote
6) Blu-ray player remote
7) Roku2 remote
8) Directtv DVR remote
made my family ecstatic as they could finally 'just watch ' something
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Very good, thanks all. Ok, so my tv is a Sony Bravia kdl40s504, 2010 model with 3 hdmi inputs. Directv and Apple TV each connected to an had I input and function perfectly. But I can see I need an hdmi arc input on the tv for an aver and I can't find on the Internet if my Sony has that. Does it mean anything that both DTV and ATV are currently connected to this tv solely by hdmi and are passing audio and video.
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Your TV does not appear to support ARC, which is not surprising given its age. But, ARC is not related to the questions you asked. All it does is save using an optical cable to feed audio from the TV to the receiver.
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Things have changed by this morning. I now have a new receiver, a Pioneer VSX-43. My connection did require an optical digital cable. I am very pleased with the sound and the fact that my Directv and Apple TV work well connected to this receiver. Only question I have that is not answered by the Manual -when listening to network tv coming from directv, the sound when a commercial comes on blasts me out. Sound level otherwise is the level i have it set to. Sound level on everything coming from Apple TV is fine. Anyone know what I do about fixing volume increase when these commercials come on?

ETA - I know no one really cares but I am excited about this and wanted to share. I was not happy with the way the optical plug plugged in so I took it off this morning and I do have audio and video thru HDMI only. HDMI to TV HDMI input 1. It is not labeled ARC but it works. And loud commercials are no longer a problem. Again, thank you guys for all your help.

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You will never regret a harmony (man's best friend,and it keeps wives from bitchin').
Second that. My wife was frustrated after the DTV Genie installation until I completed the reprogramming of the Harmony One. One touch on the screen operates everything at once. Nothing like it.
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