Originally Posted by Ellebob
I am not sure if the sound bar and receiver use the same codes. I don't think so but I am not sure. Anyway, if they do Yamaha has an alternate set of codes built into every receiver. You just go into the advanced menu of the receiver and change it from remote ID from ID1 to ID2. If they do use the same code and you might have to put in the hex codes manually for the remote, PM and I'll give you the instructions. I don't think URC has many ID2 codes in its database. Most dealers would never use them and just use a base station with individual flashers for each device.
Also with URC you will likely have multiple IR code sets for your receiver. There are a lot of functions you can control with Yamaha that is not available on the factory remote. Yamaha makes these codes available to dealers and has a special site for dealers to download these codes. Many are already in the URC database but might not be under your exact model. Do plan on spending some time learning the software for the MX-780. It is no where near as simple as a Harmony but a lot more flexible and customizable once you know it.
had my first issue with the YSP-1600 soundbar today. got it all resolved but i was just imagining what a mess this would have been if it had been renters at my beach house:
I was playing musiccast music today on soundbar, from my cell phone. MusicCast works great by the way. But when I was done, I forgot to switch back to tv on the MusicCast app on my phone. I had left the soundbar on all afternoon
When the wife came back to work we wanted to watch the latest BS on CNN with the elections. I turned on the tv and manually switched the soundbar input to tv. Crap. No sound from the soundbar. I checked setup on the TV and CEC was on, but ARC no longer worked -- it was just blanked out on the setup menu. The TV would not recognize the Soundbar as a CEC device to connect to. Bad news. I tried 10 different hdmi cables thinking it was a cable problem. Couldn't enter set up on the soundbar due to lack of ARC. Really, No joy. I remembered ellebob's advice about HDMI CEC. So here's what I had to do to get it working again, i.e. TV sound output to the soundbar, and single remote control for the XFinity Cable box, Sharp TV, and YSP-1600 soundbar:
turned off CEC
connected soundbar to tv by optical
turned off CEC on the TV
reprogrammed the XFinity XR11 remote to add control for the yamaha soundbar using code 32458 from the XFinity website (it was the 5th or 6th Yamaha code.)
Back to one remote solution.
I guess this is a dry run for the install of the MX-780 universal remote. I now agree fully with ellebob based on this experience. HDMI CEC is bogus. works fine when it works, but is not a robust solution.