Originally Posted by Gary J
Presumably you are not getting this part wrt a universal remote like one of the Harmonys. You can have an Activity labeled something like -
Watch TV (sound through the TV speakers)
and an Activity labeled Watch TV AVR (sound through AVR)
and even switch between them with components turning on and off as needed automatically.
yes, I can see how that would be useful. Not an auto-switching solution, but a good close 2nd nevertheless..
Originally Posted by DonoMan
I don't understand why one might want a TV on w/o the AVR. Obviously not buying an AVR at all has cost benefits, but if you already have it, there's no downside.
at last two good reasons-
First, it's easier for the kids to leave my speakers alone when they're just tall obelisks not doing anything. Sound starts coming out and they start poking at them our of curiosity.. (they're 6, 4, and 3 yrs)
Second, the center channel is in the credenza with solid wood doors, closed 90% of the time for WAF standards. They open when I watch a movie and need the center channel. So with the AVR on all the time, either it would sound even worse than TV speakers (with the credenza doors closed), or would be a hassle to open and close the doors all the time (bad WAF too). Theoretically a Harmony could go through the sequence of setting the AVR to bypass mode (passing sound through) for non-AVR viewing
, but that still doesn't fix the lack of auto-switching in the AVR...
I would rather my kids not have to mess with any remotes just yet...
Originally Posted by Smarty-pants
Please don't misunderstand my (our) intentions.
I think all comments are an attempt to help you, and nothing else.
Thanks Dave.. Yes, I appreciate all the comments... I just got frustrated that everybody wanted me to get a better remote when that's not the approach I wanted to take.
If I had an easy, affordable, quality
way to convert composite to HDMI, then it would be real easy to do that and incorporate it with a $30 HDMI auto-switcher.. No remotes necessary-- when the kids come in and want to play a video game, they turn on the TV and game system (the big buttons on the front of each), and they're off to the races...
yes, the Edge is working perfectly fine.. great, in fact. Just cost more than I originally budgeted. HDMI-only auto switches are dirt cheap. composite->hdmi converters (that are worth anything) aren't it seems... but I wanted a quality system with an auto-switching, multi-format input, and the Edge (so far) seems to be the lowest cost (and best performing) solution out there..
I am just continually surprised that there isn't a quality CompositeNTSC->HDMI format converter out there for $30-50.. I guess since most TV's still have composite inputs (and most people don't mind using their remotes), as mentioned-- the demand is not there for affordable but quality composite->hdmi conversion...
Anyway, until a much less expensive approach comes along, I'll stick with the Edge...