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SONY RECEIVERS: Changing Command Mode to AV1 (or AV2)
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Post 1 made on Thursday July 24, 2003 at 08:34
Ron Aronson
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Updated 7 December 2010

THIS THREAD IS INTENDED AS A REFERENCE SOURCE FOR OWNERS OF SONY RECEIVERS. PLEASE DO NOT POST QUESTIONS HERE.

If your receiver is new or and/or not listed here, see your owner's manual. For the receiver, see the section "Adjustments using the SET UP button", usually around page 35-40, and for the remote, see "Selecting the mode of the remote".

Listed below are the procedures for changing your receiver and its remote to AV1.
THIS IS NECESSARY BECAUSE SONY RECEIVERS LISTED ARE FACTORY PRESET FOR AV2, AND UNIVERSAL REMOTES REQUIRE THE AV1 SETTING TO OPERATE THE RECEIVER.

The AV1 setting for the receiver must be changed on the receiver; it cannot be done by using the remote (except as noted).

NOTE: Both the receiver and the remote must be set to the same command mode in order to use the original remote. Some receivers sold outside of the U. S. use different remotes than the US models, so all instructions may not apply to non/US receivers.

You can find your receiver or remote more easily by using the search function (CTRL + F)

Procedures are given for the following Receivers and Home Theater Systems:

HT-4800DP (STR-K4800P), HT-4850DP and HT-5800DP (STR-K5800P receiver and RM-PP760 remote)
HT-6600DP (STR-K850P receiver)
HT-6800DP (STR-K6800P receiver and RM-PP860 remote)
HT-7000DH and HT-7550DH (STR-K7000 receiver and RM-AAP012 remote)
HT-DDW650 (STR-K650P receiver)
HT-DDW660 (STR-K660P receiver), HT-DDW665 (STR-K665P receiver), HT-DDW670 (STR-K670P receiver) and HT-DDW675 (STR-K675P receiver): (No procedures are given in the manual, but users report the procedures for HT-DDW650 [STR-K650P receiver] will work. The info for the STR-K650P remote also applies to the RM-U66 remote supplied with the STR-K660P, the RM-AAU002 remote supplied with the STR-K670P, and the RM-AAU004 remote supplied with the STR-K675P, meaning you cannot change the command mode on the remote)
HT-DDW700 (STR-K700 receiver and RM-AAU006 remote)
HT-DDW740 (STR-K740P receiver)
HT-DDW750 (STR-DE495P and STR-K750P receiver)
HT-DDW760 (STR-K760P receiver) US model with RM-U755 remote: I don't think you can change either the receiver or the remote for the US model. If anyone knows how, let me know.
HT-DDW760 (STR-K760P receiver) Non-US model with RM-PP760 remote
HT-DDW840 (STR-K840P receiver)
HT-DDW850 (STR-K850P receiver)
HT-DDW870 (STR-K870P receiver)
HT-DDW900 (STR-K900 receiver) and RM-AAP013 remote
HT-DDW995 (STR-K995 receiver) and RM-AAP017 remote
HT-V1000DP (STR-K650P receiver)

STR-DA1000ES, STR-DA1200ES, STR-DA2000ES, STR-DA2100ES, STR-DA3000ES, STR-DA3100ES, STR-DA3200ES, STR-DA5000ES, STR-DA7100ES, STR-DA9000ES
STR-DA2400(DG920), STR-DA3400, STR-DA4400, STR-DA5400, and STR-DA6400
STR-DA2800ES You can click here to see the procedures for this receiver.
STR-DA3600ES, 4600ES, 5600ES
STR-DA3ES and STR-DA5ES: See Note 1 below
STR-DA4ES, STR-DA7ES

STR-DB790, STR-DB795
STR-DB870 and STR-DB1070: See Note 1 below,
STR-DB1080

STR-DE485
STR-DE585, STR-DE595, STR-DE597
STR-DE598 (I can't find anything in the manual, but a member has reported that the receiver can be switched between AV1/AV2 by pressing and holding enter, then pressing the power button)
STR-DE675 (does not appear to have AV1/AV2 capability so no change is required)
STR-DE685, STR-DE695, STR-DE697, STR-DE698 (with RM-AAP001 remote)

STR-DE875, STR-DE885, STR-DE895, STR-DE897, STR-DE898
STR-DE945 (remote only-no instructions given for the receiver; I think the remote does the changing)
STR-DE975, STR-DE985, STR-DE995, STR-DE997, STR-DE998
STR-DE1075

STR-DG500, STR-DG600, STR-DG710, STR-DG800, STR-DG900, STR-DG910, STR-DG1000

STR-DN1000
STR-DN1010

Note 1: The initial setting for the STR-DA3ES, STR-DA5ES, STR-DB870 (except area code CEL), and STR-DB1070 receivers is AV1, so be sure your remote is also set to AV1



RECEIVERS: HT-DDW760 Non-US model only (STR-K760P receiver and RM-PP760 remote), HT-4800DP (STR-K4800DP, HT-4850DP, HT-5800DP (STR-K5800P receiver and RM-PP760 remote), HT6800DP (STR-K6800P), STR-DA2100ES, STR-DE597, STR-DE598, STR-DE697, STR-DE698, STR-DE897, STR-DE898, STR-DE997, STR-DE998

On the Receiver:
1. Press I/O to turn off the power
2. Then, press I/O while pressing ENTER (On the STR-DA2100ES, press I/O while pressing INPUT MODE)
3. Each time you press I/O the Command Mode switches between AV1 and AV2 (initial factory setting is AV2)

On the remote (except STR-DE997 and STR-DE998): (You cannot change the Command Mode on the STR-DE597 or STR-DE598 remote, so if you want to learn any commands from that remote, leave your receiver set at AV2. You will have to learn everything because you cannot use any preprogrammed codes on your universal remote with this setting. If you don't want to learn anything, or your universal remote doesn't have learning capability, you can change the receiver to AV1 and use the universal remotes programmed codes.):
1. Press AV1 or AV2 while holding down RM SETUP
2. The indicator flashes once (twice for AV2), then the command mode switches
3. To check the command mode of the remote: Press RM SETUP. The indicator will flash once for AV1 and twice for AV2.

On the remote for the STR-DE997 and the STR-DE998 and the STR-DA2100ES:
1. Hold down RM Setup and press I/O
2. Move the easy scroll key (Push) to select Main
3. Press Push
4. Move the easy scroll key (Push) to select AV1 or AV2
5. Press Push. The indicator lights once for AV1, twice for AV2, then the command mode switches. You will be able to see your selection (AV1 or AV2) in the display

RECEIVERS: HT-DDW740 (STR-K740P), HT-DDW840 (STR-K840P), STR-DA3ES, STR-DA5ES, STR-DB870 (except area code CEL), STR-DB1070, STR-DE685, STR-DE875, STR-DE885, STR-DE975, STR-DE985, STR-DE1075

On the Receiver: (except STR-DE485 and STR-DE585)
1. Turn on the receiver
2. Press Customize (or Setup)
3. Press < or > to select the parameter you want to adjust (in this case, Command Mode)
4. Turn jog dial to select AV1 or AV2

On the Receiver: STR-DE485, STR-DE585, HT-DDW740 (STR-K740P) and HT-DDW840 (STR-K840P)
1. Press Setup
2. Press Menu < or > to select the parameter
3. Press Menu + or - to select the setting

RECEIVERS: HT-6600DP AND HT-DDW850 (STR-K850P), HT-DDW650 and HT-V1000DP (STR-K650P), HT-DDW750 (STR-DE495P and STR-K750P), HT-DDW870 (STR-K870P), STR-DE595, STR-DE695, STR-DE895, and STR-DE995
(See remote instructions for more information on the STR-K650P, STR-K660P, STR-K670P, STR-K675P, and STR-DE595 receivers)


On the Receiver:
1. Turn off receiver.
2. Hold down ENTER and press I/O switch to turn on receiver. COM MODE (AV1 or AV2) appears in the display. Each time you repeat the procedure, the display changes from from AV1 to AV2 or from AV2 to AV1.

REMOTES: (HT-DDW650 and HT-V1000DP (STR-K650P), HT-6600DP (STR-K850P), HT-DDW740 (STR-K740P), HT-DDW750 (STR-DE495P and STR-K750P), HT-DDW840 (STR-K840P), STR-DA3ES, STR-DB870 (except area code CEL), STR-DB1070, STR-DE485/495/585/595 with RM-U306A remote-see note below, STR-DE585 with RM-PP506 remote, STR-DE685, STR-DE695, STR-DE875, STR-DE885, STR-DE895, STR-DE975, STR-DE985, STR-DE995, STR-DE1075:
NOTE: (You cannot change the Command Mode on the HT-DDW650 and HT-V1000DP (STR-K650P), the STR-K660P with the U66 remote, the STR-K670P with the RM-AAU002 remote, the STR-K675P with the RM-AAU004 remote, or the STR-DE485/495/585/595 with the RM-U306A remote, so if you want to learn any commands from that remote, leave your receiver set at AV2. You will have to learn everything because you cannot use any preprogrammed codes on your universal remote with this setting. If you don't want to learn anything, or your universal remote doesn't have learning capability, you can change the receiver to AV1 and use the universal remotes programmed codes.

On the Remote:
1. Press AV1 or AV2 while pressing the USE MODE.
2. The indicator lights once for AV1 or twice for AV2, then the command mode switches.
3. To check the Command Mode: Press USE MODE. The indicator lights once for AV1, twice for AV2.

RECEIVERS AND REMOTES: STR-DA3ES AND STR-DA5ES (REMOTE ONLY), STR-DA4ES, STR-DA7ES, STR-DB1080

On the Receiver:
1. Press Customize to select the customize menu
2. Press cursor buttons < or > to select parameter (in this case, command mode)
3. Turn jog dial to adjust selected parameter (AV1 or AV2)

On the Remote (except RM-LP211 and RM-LJ305):
1. Press Use Mode momentarily-command mode buttons will light 5 times
2. Press AV System 1 button-button lights 5 times

On the RM-LP211 remote (furnished with the STR-DA4ES and STR-DB1080 receiver) the RM-LJ304 remote (furnished with the STR-DE945 receiver) and the RM-LJ305 remote (furnished with the STR-DA3ES and STR-DA5ES receivers):
1. Press Set Up. The Set Up list appears.
2. Move the easy scroll key to select "Command Mode", then press the key to enter the selection
3. (RM-LP211 only) Move the easy scroll key to select "Main Room", then press the key to enter the selection
4. Move the easy scroll key to select "AV System 1" or "AV System 2", then press the key to enter the selection.
5. Move the easy scroll key to select "Yes", then press the key to enter the selection

RECEIVERS AND REMOTES: STR-DA1000ES, STR-DA2000ES, STR-DA3000ES, STR-DA3100ES, STR-DA5000ES, STR-DA9000ES, STR-DB790, STR-DB795, STR-DG710 (not in manual but reported by member, see note for RM-AAU014 remote)

On the Receiver:
1. Turn off receiver
2. Press and hold the INPUT button
3. Press the power button to toggle AV modes

On the RM-AAU014 remote supplied with the STR-DG710, it doesn't look like the command mode can be changed, so if you want to learn any commands from that remote, leave your receiver set at AV2. You will have to learn everything because you cannot use any preprogrammed codes on your universal remote with this setting. If you don't want to learn anything, or your universal remote doesn't have learning capability, you can change the receiver to AV1 and use the universal remotes programmed codes.

On the RM-LG112 Remote:
1. Press I/O while holding down USE MODE
2. Move the easy scroll key to select "Main", then press the key to enter the selection
3. Move the easy scroll key to select AV1 or AV2, then press the key to enter the selection
(the use mode button lights once for AV1 (or twice for AV2), then the command mode switches

On the RM-PP412 Remote (STR-DB790):
1. Press AV1 or AV2 while pressing USE MODE or INPUT MODE
2. The indicator lights once for AV1 or twice for AV2, then the command mode switches.
3. To check the Command Mode: Press USE MODE. The indicator lights once for AV1, twice for AV2.

On the RM-PP413 Remote (STR-DB795), the RM-AAP001 Remote (HT-DDW870 with STR-K870P receiver) and the RM-US106A Remote (STR-DA3100ES):
1. Press AV1 or AV2 while pressing RM SETUP
2. The indicator lights once for AV1 or twice for AV2, then the command mode switches.
3. To check the Command Mode: Press USE MODE. The indicator lights once for AV1, twice for AV2.

RECEIVER AND REMOTE: STR-DA7100ES
On the receiver:
1. Turn off the receiver
2. Press and hold 2CH
3. Turn on the receiver
4. Each time you do this the command mode will cnange between AV1 and AV2

On the Remote:
1. Press RM Setup
2. Move the easy scroll key to select Command Mode
3. Move the easy scroll key to select MAIN
4. Move the easy scroll key to select AV1 or AV2 and press the key to enter the selection

RECEIVERS AND REMOTES: STR-DA3200ES, STR-DG500, STR-DG600, STR-DG800, STR-DG900, STR-DG910, STR-DG1000, and HT-7000DH and HT-7550DH with STR-K7000 receiver
Note: The procedures for the STR-DG500, STR-DG600, STR-DG900, STR-DG910, and HT-7000DH and HT-7550DH with STR-K7000 receivers are not in the manual but have been reported by users as correct.

On the receiver (except the STR-DA3200ES and STR-DG1000):
1. Press and hold the INPUT MODE (STR-DG500, STR-DG600 and STR-DG800) or the INPUT (HT-7000DH AND HT-7550DH) button.
2. While holding the INPUT MODE or INPUT button, press the Power (I/O) button.
3. Each time you do this, the command mode will toggle between AV1 and AV2.

On the STR-DA1200ES, STR-DA3200ES, and STR-DG1000 receivers:
1. Turn on the receiver while pressing 2CH
2. When the Command Mode is set to "AV2", "Command Mode AV2" appears on the display
3. When the Command Mode is set to "AV1", "Command Mode AV1" appears on the display
That's all it says, so I assume that each time you perform this operation it will toggle between AV1 and AV2.

On the remote (STR-DG500 with AAU005 and STR-DG600 with AAP012 remotes): I don't think you can change the command mode on the remote, so if you want to learn any commands from that remote, leave your receiver set at AV2. You will have to learn everything because you cannot use any preprogrammed codes on your universal remote with this setting. If you don't want to learn anything, or your universal remote doesn't have learning capability, you can change the receiver to AV1 and use the universal remotes programmed codes.

On the remote (STR-DG800 with RM-AAP008 remote only). On the STR-DG900 with AAL002 and STR-DG910 with AAP-016, this procedure has not been reported as working, so if anyone tries it, let me know if it works or not by posting at the end of this thread.
1. Press RM Setup. The RM Setup indicator flashes.
2. Press the numeric button 1 for AV1 or 2 for AV2. The RM Setup indicator lights up.
3. Press Enter. The RM Setup indicator slowly flashes twice and the command mode switches.

On the remote (STR-DA1200ES WITH RM-AAP015 remote, STR-DA3200ES and STR-DG1000 with RM-AAL003 only):
1. Press I/O while pressing RM Setup. The RM Setup button flashes.
2. Press the numeric button (1) for AV1 or the numeric button (2) for AV2.
3. Press ENTER when the RM setup button lights up. The RM Setup indicator slowly flashes twice and the command mode switches.

On the remote (HT-7000DH and HT-7550DH with STR-K7000 receiver and RM-AAP012 remote only):
This procedure is not in the manual, but was reported by a user as correct:
1. Press and hold RM SETUP until it flashes twice.
2. While still holding RM SETUP, press VIDEO 1. The RM SETUP button will flash once for AV1.
3. You are done. You DO NOT have to press ENTER.
If you press VIDEO 2, the RM SETUP button will flash twice and the remote will be set to AV2.

RECEIVER AND REMOTE: HT-DDW700 (STR-K700 receiver)
This procedure was reported by Mr. Mod from the service manual:
On the receiver:
1. While depressing the MOVIE button, press the power I/O
button to turn on the main power.
2. Either the message “C.MODE.AV 1” or “C.MODE.AV 2”
appears.

On the remote: I don't think you can change the command mode on the remote, so if you want to learn any commands from that remote, leave your receiver set at AV2. You will have to learn everything because you cannot use any preprogrammed codes on your universal remote with this setting. If you don't want to learn anything, or your universal remote doesn't have learning capability, you can change the receiver to AV1 and use the universal remotes programmed codes.

RECEIVER AND REMOTE: HT-DDW900 with STR-K900 receiver and RM-AAP013 remote AND HT-DDW995with STR-K995 receiver and AAP017 remote (see this post for HT-DDW950 [Link: remotecentral.com]
The procedures are not given in the manual, but a member has reported that the following will work:
On the receiver (STR-K900 and STR-K995):
1. Press and hold the INPUT MODE button.
2. While holding the INPUT MODE button, press the Power (I/O) button.
3. Each time you do this, the command mode will toggle between AV1 and AV2.

On the remote (RM-AAP013 Not verified for the AAP-017 remote but same method should work-let me know if it doesn't):
1. Press VIDEO1 button (for AV1) or the VIDEO2 button (for AV2) while pressing the RM SET UP button
2. The RM SET UP button flashes once for AV1 or twice for AV2, then the command mode switches.


On the receiver:
Turn on the receiver while pressing 2CH/A.Direct Button
When the Command Mode is set to "AV2", "Command Mode AV2" appears on the display
When the Command Mode is set to "AV1", "Command Mode AV1" appears on the display

ON THE REMOTES LISTED BELOW:
To switch the command mode of the RM-AAP024 Main Remote for the STR-DA2400 (STR-DG920), as this is all the info i have at the moment on the remotes.
1. Hold down the RM Setup key first then press The I/O key. The RM Setup button flashes and the shift button indicator lights up.
2. Press 1 or 2 while the RM Setup button flashing.
a. When you press 1, the command mode is set to AV System 1.
b. When you press 2, the command mode is set to AV System 2.
3. Press ENT/MEM when the RM Setup button lights up.
a. The RM Setup button flashes twice, then the command mode setting process is complete.

To switch the command mode of the RM-AAU039 Remote
Press and hold "Display", then press and hold "MUTING" and the "+" at the same time

NOTE FOR STA-DA5000ES AND STR-DA9000ES:
For STR-DA5000ES and STR-DA9000ES, the command mode of the remote is automatically set to match the receiver when you perform the AMP REGIST operation again.


RECEIVER AND REMOTE: STR-DA3600ES, 4600ES, 5600ES with remotes RM-AAL034, RM-AAL035, RM-AAL036, RM-AAL031, RM-AAL032 and RM-AAU039, RM-AAU061 The following information was provided by Mr Mod, for which we extend our grateful appreciation. Again.

STR-DA3600ES, 4600ES, 5600ES
While holding down 2CH/A.DIRECT, press Pwr to turn on the receiver.
When the command mode is set to “AV2,”
“C. MODE AV2” appears on the display.
When the command mode is set to “AV1,”
“C. MODE AV1” appears on the display.

Multifunction remote (RM-AAL034, RM-AAL035, RM-AAL036, RM-AAL031, RM-AAL032)
1 Press Pwr while pressing RM SET UP.
The AMP and ZONE buttons flash.

2 Press AMP.
The ZONE button goes off, the AMP button keeps flashing and the SHIFT button lights up.

3 Press the numeric button 1 or 2 while the AMP button is flashing.
When you press 1, the command mode is set to AV SYSTEM 1. When you press 2, the command mode is set to AV SYSTEM 2.
The AMP button lights up.

4 Press ENTER.
The AMP button flashes twice, then the command mode setting process is
completed.

Simple Remote (RM-AAU039, RM-AAU061)

Press MUTING and at the same time while pressing DISPLAY.


RECEIVER AND REMOTE: STR-DN1000 with RM-AAP040 remote and STR-DN1010 with the RM-AAP051 remote
The following information was provided by several members, since it is not in the manual.
On the STR-DN1000 receiver:
1. On the receiver, while pressing the [MUTING] and [MUSIC] buttons, press the [POWER] button to turn on the main power. This information is posted in this thread.
2. Either the message "C. MODE AV1" or "C. MODE AV2" appears. Select the desired mode.

On the STR-DN1010 receiver:
On the receiver, while pressing the [MUTING] and [DIMMER] buttons, press the [POWER] button to turn on the main power. This information is posted in this POST.

On the remote (RM-AAP040 AND RM-AAP051): A member has reported that the procedure for the RM-AAP024 works for the RM-AAP040 also in this post [Link: remotecentral.com] so I am repeating the procedure here.
1. Hold down the RM Setup key first then press The I/O key. The RM Setup button flashes and the shift button indicator lights up.
2. Press 1 or 2 while the RM Setup button flashing.
a. When you press 1, the command mode is set to AV System 1.
b. When you press 2, the command mode is set to AV System 2.
3. Press ENT/MEM when the RM Setup button lights up.
a. The RM Setup button flashes twice, then the command mode setting process is complete.

Last edited by Ron Aronson on July 10, 2014 23:16.
Post 2 made on Thursday August 28, 2003 at 21:42
ChuckJ
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Thanks.
Post 3 made on Thursday October 16, 2003 at 16:57
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT RESOLVED THE REMOTE PROBLEM AND SAVED ME 500.00 VS BUYING THE FACTORY REPLACEMENT REMOTE.

AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Post 4 made on Saturday October 18, 2003 at 17:33
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See my new thread


This message was edited by montsma on 10/18/03 18:06.
OP | Post 5 made on Saturday October 18, 2003 at 17:47
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montsma: Thank you for correcting your entry. To others: PLEASE DO NOT POST QUESTIONS IN THIS THREAD

This message was edited by Ron Aronson on 11/28/03 13:58.
Post 6 made on Thursday April 1, 2004 at 01:08
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Thank you so much for posting this reference.

I was just about to lose my mind, trying to get my new universal remote to work with my receiver.

This advice did the trick.

Thanks
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man thank god for your post saved me a big headache...
Post 8 made on Thursday June 24, 2004 at 05:13
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RECEIVER: STR-DE597 - How To Use A Universal Remote

On the Receiver: (STR-DE597- the command mode must be changed on the receiver to AV1. The receiver and the remote are factory

set to AV2.

If Receiver Is Changed to AV1, your universal remote presets Should Work Fine.
If the receiver is left at AV2 (default), you will have to use the original STR-DE597
remote and learn everything from the STR-DE597 remote to another learning remote).

Here's How To Change The Receiver To AV1. And Then Use A Preset Code From A Universal Remote.

1. On The Receiver Press I/O to turn the power Off
2. Then, on the receiver hold down ENTER and press I/O this will switch Receiver to Av1,
you can now use yor universal remote
(my One For All URC6012 Would Not Work Until The Receiver Was Chaged To AV1.)

My One-For-All URC6012 Now Works Fine With The Provided Code (1058).

Thanks For The Help, This Was Driving Me Nuts...

Jim
OP | Post 9 made on Thursday June 24, 2004 at 07:58
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Thank you very much for posting this information. I checked again and there is nothing in the manual on changing to AV1, but this is the second receiver I have seen for which Sony omitted the instructions.

I have updated my thread to reflect this new information.
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Nice website and good forums. I'll do some resaearch on that RadioShack 15-2117 issue.
OP | Post 11 made on Wednesday July 7, 2004 at 08:42
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I don't know why you posted at the end of this receiver thread when it didn't have anything to do with it (as far as I can tell), or why you put more in your profile than you did in the post, or what you mean by the RS 15-2117 issue, which might be better addressed in the OFA forum, but if you need an owner's manual for your Cinema 7, you can go here:
[Link: ofausa.com] or
[Link: hifi-remote.com]
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*pay no attention to me*

This message was edited by Patrick Gillette on 10/12/04 16:35 ET.
OP | Post 13 made on Tuesday October 12, 2004 at 16:22
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See this thread [Link: remotecentral.com]

Please do not post questions in this thread.

This message was edited by Ron Aronson on 10/12/04 16:28 ET.
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THANKS FOR THE HELP IT WORKS PERFECT
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Hi Ron. Excellent reference here; you've been very thorough, covering all the bases. You may recall answering some of my posts here on this question about a year ago, when I added my STR-DE595. Well, I've just added a Toshiba big screen TV, and upped my DVD player from a Sony DVP-NS325 (non-progressive) to a DVP-NS575PB progressive, to go along with the digital TV. So, I've also just reworked my RM-VL900 setup, and thought I'd add a couple notes from my experience to this thread, for other readers.

First, as Ron noted, the RM-U306A cannot be changed to AV1; it is AV2 only. I'm in Canada, and as in the U.S.A., the RM-U306A is the remote which came with my STR-DE595; but I can't speak for other locations.

The STR-DE595 *can* be changed to AV1, but the component codes for Sony AV1 mode available in universal remotes and learning remotes do not contain function codes for some of its newer features; neither are there extended (discrete) function codes available for those features. This includes some important features, such as the menu system. The same may be true for other newer Sony receiver models.

So, if you switch your receiver to AV1, and your OEM remote cannot be switched to AV1, you will loose some [important] features. If your OEM remote can be switched to AV1, then you can learn the missing features from the OEM remote, assuming you are using a learning remote.

In AV2 mode, all functions are available via the OEM remote, but there are no extended function codes available in AV2 mode at all; including discrete codes for ON/OFF, etc. Further, there are no component codes for Sony AV2 mode in universal or learning remotes. Therefore, you will have to learn *all* functions from your OEM remote, assuming you are using a learning remote.

From experience, I can say that the Sony RM-VL700 and RM-VL900 remotes [I don't know about other Sony models] have sufficient capacity to learn a different code to every button, for every component; but the same is definately not true of all learning remotes.

Fortunately, Sony receivers/remotes do have seperate buttons for each input (Video 1, Video 2, DVD, etc.). And, pressing any such input select button on the remote will turn the receiver on, if it is off; they therefore can be used in place of a discrete ON code. The discrete OFF code is harder; it may be done by using the System Standby mode, which on the RM-U306A remote is accomplished by pressing the Standby button and the Power button at the same time. But be warned that this will turn off *all* your Sony components, not just the receiver.

In my case, the best solution was to remain in AV2 mode, learn all functions from the OEM remote to my RM-VL900, and use the Input Selects/System Standby to replace discrete ON/OFF in macros. That's fine for me, as I have two ON macros which each select a different input, and one OFF macro which does shut the entire system off. Your mileage may vary.

These problems, coupled with the bug in the discrete ON code of newer Sony DVD players, seem to be a foul weather indicator for Sony. Fortunately, the work-arounds are sufficient for many. Hope this is helpful to some.
Pchek
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