Which to use as master? XBR49X900F or AV receiver?
I'm not sure what forum to put this in. I just purchased a Sony XBR49X900F to replace an older LG. I have a surround sound system set up with a Pioneer VSX-1021K AV receiver, Xfinity X1 cable box, and a PS3.
Currently, all sources go into the AV receiver and it is used to switch inputs to the TV. We use the cable box remote to control almost everything. Most of the time, we are watching cable TV or movies, so we only have to use the cable box remote. It can turn on the receiver, TV and cable box with one button. As long as the cable box remains the source input, that's all we need. However, if we want to watch a DVD, Bluray, or play video games, we have to use two other remotes: the receiver remote to switch input to the PS3 and the PS3 remote to control its video player.
The new Sony TV has a nice remote and supposely has the ability to control the cable box via infrared. I believe the cable box remote uses RF, not infrared, but reportedly can be switched to IR. If I put all the video sources into the TV instead of the receiver, then wire the audio output to the receiver, I think I would be able to control everything with the nice Sony remote. However, I don't think the Sony remote can turn on the cable box or receiver, so it would require using 3 remotes every time I turn the system on or off.
Any suggestions or ideas?