To use the Zone 2 trigger as a primary trigger:If you are using the standard 805 remote:
If you have an Harmony remote, it can be programmed to do this as part of the power on/power off cycle for the device.
- Connect Zone 2 trigger to amp
- Power on Onkyo as usual
- Press the Zone 2 button on the remote (inside the Remote Mode box)
- Press the On button on the remote
- Press the Receiver button on the remote (inside the Remote Mode box)
- When you are done, press the Zone 2 button again and then press standby to deactivate the trigger
I have the Harmony 890. Assuming the others are similar, the Harmony software will NOT have a discrete code for turning on or off the Zone 2 trigger. It also does not have the ability to go into the different remote modes, like the stock remote.
What you must do is have the Harmony "learn" the code from the stock remote. I forget the exact details, but from within the Harmony software, you can teach the remote additional commands for any device. If you can't find the code in the dropdown (likely you won't for this, as I did not), you will have the option to teach it via an IR command.
During this process you will want to teach both the ON command and the STANDBY command. When you have the Harmony ready to accept the IR code, first put the Onkyo remote into Zone 2 mode. Then any subsequent button presses will be for Zone 2. Power on and Standby can now be taught to the Harmony.
Once these codes are learned, you can add them to the power on/power off sequences for the Onkyo so that it happens anytime you enter an activity that uses the Onkyo.
I should also note that with Zone 2 ON, if you put the receiver into Standby, Zone 2 will remain ON. This means it is not a matter of turning on Zone 2 once and forgetting about it. It has to become part of the routine.
This does not change the use of the back surrounds. You can still use a 7.1 arrangement. The surround back channels are only removed if you are using a powered zone two, and this requires its own change in the menu.