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Old 05-28-2013, 06:35 AM   #1  
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I have just very recently connected a Pioneer (VSX-43) receiver to add surround sound. I have a Sony Bravia KDL40S504, Directv H22 receiver and Apple TV to complete the setup. Components are input to the receiver which is output to the TV by HDMI. All are working great as far as I can tell. Sounds great. I have a couple of questions that I can't find the answer in the AVR manual or by online search.

1. When the Pioneer AVR is first turned on, there is a click which is followed by a second louder click. The AVR then appears to ready to work and I then turn on TV and component. If I turn the TV on or a component first, this AVR second loud click will turn everything off. I am sure there are no speaker wires wrongly connected. But I want to make sure this AVR click issue is ok and just a case of needing to turn the AVR on first.

2. Do I need to turn AVR off before switching between my 2 component inputs or is it ok to just use the AVR remote input button to switch to directv from the Apple TV input.

As I said everything is working fine but I want to make sure I don't do anything to damage it.
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Are you using HDMI Control? The AVR should not power other equipment on or off without it.

You can switch between inputs without powering the AVR off.
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Thank you for answering my question #2. And yes I have HDMI Control set to on for both the Sony TV and the Pioneer AVR.
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HDMI Control often has unintended consequences. Many people find a remote like a Harmony works better.
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Learning how this AVR works and a Mac computer after years of Windows is enough for me this year. Plus I don't really mind multiple remotes.

Do you think I can just live with this clicking/turning off issue without worrying about whether I have something connected or set wrong? The main thing I am trying to prevent is damage to my system from my newbie state of mind.
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It should be fine. What functions does HDMI Control perform for you? Perhaps you could just turn it off.
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The clicks are electrical relays. They are switches that are controlled by a little motor. The Elite series use them to handle things like turning an external amplifier on and off. Sounds like your receiver is behaving normally. I use an Elite VSX-92 and it clicks just like yours. It has been running perfectly for about 6 years.
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I have an onkyo AVR and it has clicks as well typically a second or so after an input is changed or after being turned on before it engages.
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Oh thank you all for replying. I feel better now. I thought it must be ok since everything works as it should and it sounds so good to me.

I have NO idea what HDMI Control on does for me, I was just following te manual.
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You might try turning off HDMI Control if you aren't using it for a specific purpose such as Standby Passthrough (a way to watch a something when the AVR is "off") or the Audio Return Channel from your TV.
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Oh thank you all for replying. I feel better now. I thought it must be ok since everything works as it should and it sounds so good to me.

I have NO idea what HDMI Control on does for me, I was just following te manual.
the relay cliks are present in every avr.
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the relay cliks are present in every avr.
True and some are more pronounced that others, but it is a normal glitch.
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