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Old 11-06-2008, 12:40 PM   #1  
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I recently purchased an Onkyo 606 and have not yet received it. I've downloaded the user manual and gone over it and there is something missing - or at least appears to be;

My old Harmon Kardon receiver had a cable that ran from the TV to the receiver so when you turned the TV on the receiver came on automatically, basically the TV sent a signal to the receiver for it to turn on. It's not a big deal to turn on the receiver but this was a very convenient function especially when set-up for surround sound and you have the speaker on the TV set to "Off". I don't see this anywhere on the Onkyo 606. Does it have it and it is so common now that it is not mentioned? Is it performed through the HDMI cables and no longer needs a dedicated cable? Again - no big deal but I can't imagine anyone not including this in their equipment unless HK had some sort of patent on it.
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I recently purchased an Onkyo 606 and have not yet received it. I've downloaded the user manual and gone over it and there is something missing - or at least appears to be;

My old Harmon Kardon receiver had a cable that ran from the TV to the receiver so when you turned the TV on the receiver came on automatically, basically the TV sent a signal to the receiver for it to turn on. It's not a big deal to turn on the receiver but this was a very convenient function especially when set-up for surround sound and you have the speaker on the TV set to "Off". I don't see this anywhere on the Onkyo 606. Does it have it and it is so common now that it is not mentioned? Is it performed through the HDMI cables and no longer needs a dedicated cable? Again - no big deal but I can't imagine anyone not including this in their equipment unless HK had some sort of patent on it.

I have to say, I have never hear of that feature. That doesn't mean much, but I don't think it's that common.

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Old 11-06-2008, 01:07 PM   #3  
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I have to say, I have never hear of that feature. That doesn't mean much, but I don't think it's that common.

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WOW! - what a shame - like I said it was a very convenient feature. The receiver would come on and be set to TV automatically and when you turned the TV off the receiver would power down after a short period 5-10 minutes. I figured this out when I hooked up the TV and didn't run the cable - tried to set the tuner to TV and it would turn itself off after a short period. I contacted HK and they told me that I needed to connect the cable between the TV and the receiver. Once I did that I never had another problem and it was simple - one button turned them both on. Why wouldn't every manufacturer incorporate this into their units? I'm sure they had a work around if your TV didn't have the appropriate connection. Oh well - I guess I'll have to get out of the habit. I hate thinking I may leave the receiver on all night - I hate the thought of all that heat being generated for that amount of time.
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WOW! - what a shame - like I said it was a very convenient feature. The receiver would come on and be set to TV automatically and when you turned the TV off the receiver would power down after a short period 5-10 minutes. I figured this out when I hooked up the TV and didn't run the cable - tried to set the tuner to TV and it would turn itself off after a short period. I contacted HK and they told me that I needed to connect the cable between the TV and the receiver. Once I did that I never had another problem and it was simple - one button turned them both on. Why wouldn't every manufacturer incorporate this into their units? I'm sure they had a work around if your TV didn't have the appropriate connection. Oh well - I guess I'll have to get out of the habit. I hate thinking I may leave the receiver on all night - I hate the thought of all that heat being generated for that amount of time.
I can understand the convenience of it. That is one of the things I love about my Harmony Universal Remote. One push of the button labeled Watch TV and everything I need, and only what I need, is turned on and set to the correct input. I push Watch DVD and the same thing. I hit the Off button and everything gets turned off.

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I can understand the convenience of it. That is one of the things I love about my Harmony Universal Remote. One push of the button labeled Watch TV and everything I need, and only what I need, is turned on and set to the correct input. I push Watch DVD and the same thing. I hit the Off button and everything gets turned off.

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I guess I'll have to look into that if I can't find a work around....like pressing 2 buttons.....lol
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Actually, I just hooked up my 606 and there is a 3.5mm jack on the back for RI or Remote Interactive components. The bad part is that it's limited to other Onkyo products with this feature.
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I guess I'll have to look into that if I can't find a work around....like pressing 2 buttons.....lol

I don't know if the 606 remote offers the feature but, the remote for my 804 has macro capability. You can program a number of different actions into one keystroke and there is capability to set up 4 macros.
Maybe you will get lucky and your remote can do this. If not, then you can get a universal remote that offers this feature.
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That feature is incorporated into HDMI 1.3 specifications; it's called CEC, or Consumer Electronics Control.

Different companies call it their own thing, i.e. Sony=Bravia Link, Samsung=Anynet, LG=Simplay, Onkyo=RIHD, etc...

As long as your TV, BD player, etc...support HDMI 1.3 then you should be able to activate the option in the menu of your 606. It's in the Hardware Setup menu, under HDMI. It will say TV control, enable it and the few options before and after it.

Another cool feature this will activate is when you have everything off and you power up your BD player (example) the receiver automatically switches everything to the BD imput.

You need to have a 1.3 HDMI enabled TV to have this feature.

Let me know if anything else.

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I recently purchased an Onkyo 606 and have not yet received it. I've downloaded the user manual and gone over it and there is something missing - or at least appears to be;

My old Harmon Kardon receiver had a cable that ran from the TV to the receiver so when you turned the TV on the receiver came on automatically, basically the TV sent a signal to the receiver for it to turn on. It's not a big deal to turn on the receiver but this was a very convenient function especially when set-up for surround sound and you have the speaker on the TV set to "Off". I don't see this anywhere on the Onkyo 606. Does it have it and it is so common now that it is not mentioned? Is it performed through the HDMI cables and no longer needs a dedicated cable? Again - no big deal but I can't imagine anyone not including this in their equipment unless HK had some sort of patent on it.
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That feature is incorporated into HDMI 1.3 specifications; it's called CEC, or Consumer Electronics Control.

Different companies call it their own thing, i.e. Sony=Bravia Link, Samsung=Anynet, LG=Simplay, Onkyo=RIHD, etc...

As long as your TV, BD player, etc...support HDMI 1.3 then you should be able to activate the option in the menu of your 606. It's in the Hardware Setup menu, under HDMI. It will say TV control, enable it and the few options before and after it.

Another cool feature this will activate is when you have everything off and you power up your BD player (example) the receiver automatically switches everything to the BD imput.

You need to have a 1.3 HDMI enabled TV to have this feature.

Let me know if anything else.

bfocussvt - Thx - I hooked everything up last night and yes - they do "talk" to each other. When I power on the TV the 606 comes on and looks for a signal and switches to the appropriate source. It's apparently set-up as default that way since I didn't have to get in and change any of the programming.

Another interesting thing I found out - like you said - different manufacturers have different names for it - Samsung being Anynet. But my Samsung TV recognized the Panasonic BD through Anynet and automatically assigned the appropriate name on the port. If I click on the port on my TV the BD player comes on. I didn't know they communicated across manufacturers - only within the same manufacturer - but apparently some do "speak" to each other.

Thanks again.
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