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The Pioneer has audio pass through, and the Oppo has two hdmi outs, so couldn't you hook the HD box through the AVR, and use the second out from the Oppo straight to the TV?
I agree with Donoman, though, just put a Harmony remote into the system. using the activities button makes turning on all the right stuff, setting it to the right inputs and such is simple. My wife and son love ours. In fact, I have a Harmony for all our systems, as they make it so simple for non-techies to do what they want. Why spend the money on a theater system just to use the TV's speakers?
Talk them into a soundbar and a Panasonic BDP-220. Save them a *ton* of money and couldn't be simpler to operate. Of course, it won't sound nearly as nice.