Anyone who watches TV through a receiver sometimes and uses the TV speaker other times always has the problem of turning the TV speakers down or muting when using the receiver for sound. This presents a couple of problems, at least on many Sony TV's. First, if Mute is used, the Mute text displays continuously on the screen which is undesireable. Second, if Vol- is used, this requires long sequences of many Vol- commands and you never know how many are required.
Luckily there is a simple solution, but it does require learning from another universal remote. Many Sony TV's have a Speakers On/Off command which functions like mute but without the static text on the screen. Unfortunately I haven't seen this in any sony tv devices in the harmony database. However it can be easily programmed into about any UEI made universal (one-for-all, radio shack and many cable remotes) and taught to a harmony. Any such remote with a Magic, Setup, or P button likely has this cabability and can be had for around $20. It's quite handy to have a remote like this around anyway for adding any number of discrete or advanced functions which may not be in the harmony database.
Here's how to add the Speakers command to a UEI remote:
- Assign TV code 0000 (or 10000 depending on the model) to the TV device: Press TV, then Setup for 2 blinks then the TV 4 or 5 digit TV code. 2 blinks means success.
- Next, assign advanced code 098 (or 00098 depending on the model) to a button. We'll use button 1, but you can use any button you wish: Press TV, then Setup for 2 blinks. Enter 994. Press and release Setup followed by the 3 or 5 digit advanced code (depending on your remote), then press 1. 2 blinks means success. With your TV on, press 1 a few times to see if the new command works.
If it works, now you can teach the Speakers command to your harmony in the usual way, using the 1 key on the UEI remote for the Speakers command. Put this command at the beginning and end of each activity that uses your receiver for sound.
EDIT: Here a few more discrete codes. These require Audio setup code 1058 (or 31058) instead of TV 0000 (10000) above:
Discrete inputs for 2010 Sony EX TV's:
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