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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by lgb0250, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Legend

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    I'm really not a tech type person and you pros here have always provided what hep I might need and now I need it again.

    In my LR I currently have an HR34 w/AM21, a Pioneer receiver with surround sound hooked up, a DVD player and a ROKU.

    Tomorrow I will be receiving a new receiver I purchased. It's a Yamaha RX-V373.

    I'm a little concerned about tearing down everything and then installing the new receiver.

    I have all his hooked up to an LG55LV5400 TV.

    Some of my questions are:

    1. Since the new receiver has 4 HDMI's, should I hook everything into it or directly into the HDMI jacks on the TV itself?

    2. I use the RC65R remote set on RF. Will I have to do a complete reset in order to get it to control the on/off and vol on the Yamaha? I remember reading something somewhere about devices that are ARC compatible. Just can't remember what it was!

    Any and all help appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. dpeters11

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    I plug everything into the AV receiver, then one HDMI from that to the TV.

    ARC is so that when a device is plugged directly to the TV, the audio can be routed back to the AV receiver.
     
  3. spartanstew

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    1. Directly into the Receiver
    2. Get a universal remote.
     
  4. RunnerFL

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    Hook everything into your new Yamaha via HDMI then hookup the HDMI output of the Yamaha to your TV.

    You will need to reprogram the AV1, or AV2, to control your Yamaha. When you do that you'll have the option of making the volume button control your overall volume. Or better yet, as spartanstew suggested, get yourself a nice universal remote.
     
  5. Bill Broderick

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    If you do get a universal remote, I would suggest getting one that supports "activities" as opposed to "devices", such as the ones from Harmony. With an activity, you would select the activity that you want to do, such as "Watch DVR" and your TV, A/V receiver and DVR will all turn on (if there not already on) and the TV and A/V receiver will switch to the appropriate input for watching your DVR.
     
  6. lgb0250

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    As always, thank you all very much. Got the receiver today and will be setting it up in the morning.

    As far as a universal remote goes what would some good recommendations be? I like the idea of an "activities" type of one Bill recommended. Would suit me fine since I so seldom watch a DVD I always seem to forget how to change everything the way it needs to be to watch one

    Again, thanks guys.
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    I would go with, and numerous users here will back me up I'm sure, a Harmony remote. I personally use a Harmony 700 in my bedroom and a Harmony 900 in my living room.
     
  8. bpratt

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    Harmony Remotes work great with D* and everything else. I tried the 700, but still prefer the XBox 360 Harmony Remote. They don't sell too well on EBay because people believe you need an XBox to be able to use one. I don't own an XBox but I have Harmony 360 reomtes at all 4 TV locations in my house. They are cheap on EBay, I purchased all of mine for around $30 and they will control everything.

    The 360 does not have rechargable batteries so they don't need to be placed in a charger. I find the battery life is several months and I use them a lot.
     
  9. lgb0250

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    Thanks again guys. Just purchased the Harmony 650 at Best Buy. Will pick it up in the morning and hopefully have a trouble free morning of setting everything up.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Should be simple, all the devices should already be in the Harmony database. You'd just need to tell it what input each thing is on etc, if not using the default.
     
  11. Glacial

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    Unfortunately, yes. While the receiver works on RF mode, the other devices (TV, AV receiver, VCR, etc) all work from IR mode. And when the remote is in RF mode, you can't program any IR devices.
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    Not true.
     
  13. lgb0250

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    OK. Like I said, I'm technically challenged.

    Setting up the system right now and am getting no picture or sound when trying to watch TV.

    I took the HDMI cable and ran it from the TV to the HDMI out jack on the new receiver. Nothing! Shows there is an HDMI connection between the TV and receiver but no picture or sound?

    This worked fine when the HDMI went from the TV into the HR34 but now when I reconnect it that way I get a pic but no sound! .

    Seems like there needs to be an HDMI hooked up from the HR34 to somewhere?
    I'm just at a loss. Aren't there some diagrams somewhere that could help an idiot get through this?
     
  14. jdspencer

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    You definitely need an HDMI connection from the HR34 to the new receiver.
     
  15. WestDC

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    Look at You A/V Receiver - (ONE) HDMI port is labeled MONITOR -Connect aHDMI CABLE to TV INPUT 1

    Then From The Rear of The HR34 connect a HDMI Cable to Rear of A/V Reciver (MARKED cabld/SAT input)

    Then Turn on your A/V amP, HR34, TV- From The TV Menu Selct HDMI input 1

    you should see a picture and hear audio - as long as you connected the A/V speakers.
     
  16. lgb0250

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    Thanks again guys. I now have TV and DVD player working properly. I need get another HDMI cable for the ROKU and then I should be set.

    Geez, then I have to set up the Harmony 650. All this is way above my pay grade so all your help has been deeply appreciated.
     
  17. Bill Broderick

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    When you start with the Harmony, you'll start thinking "What have I gotten myself into?" Don't worry. Once you get started, it should all start to make sense. If you have questions, don't hesitate to come back here and ask.
     
  18. lgb0250

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    Thanks Bill.

    Have it all set up now and it seems to work ok. It's controlling the receiver, HR34, my DVD player, the TV and the ROKU just fine. I've even managed to download a couple of icons for favorite channels so far.

    Again, I want to thank all that made this go relatively smooth.
     

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