12V trigger for Onkyo TX-NR809>Rotel RMB-1095
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TLDR; need a way to power the amp on/off with my receiver without using a programmable remote AND without disabling CEC on the receiver.
Long version follows.
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I recently sold my Marantz AV7704mkii to save up to buy a house. Missing the surround sound experience, I picked up a TX-NR809 on the cheap (with zero issues - lucky). Having owned a NR809 years back, I knew it lacked masculinity in the "all channels driven" department. I bought this receiver knowing I would count on the Rotel RMB-1095 to grab my speakers by the balls & lift them up in the air. The NR809's only purpose is to receive audio via ARC from the TV because my devices are 4K HDR and are connected directly to the TV. I didn't realize until after acquiring this receiver that the 12V trigger outs are for Zone 2 and 3, no trigger for the main preouts.
Live TV streaming & VoD on a Apple TV 4k is the primary use of the living room. I have my equipment configured with CEC so that when we turn on the Apple TV 4k, the TV and Onkyo turns on and off with it (standby: Onkyo). It needs to stay this way because it's simple for my wife to use the little Apple TV remote to turn everything on/off when she's in control of the living room...I mean when she's home and awake. The Rotel is the only equipment requiring my wife's attention when and I prefer that it be turned off when not in use.
I came across 3 Onkyo NR809 12V trigger posts on this site that covered 3 areas:
1.) someone couldn't use Z2 trigger out with their connected amp because they used Z2 for patio speakers.
I don't use Z2 or Z3. I was able to connect the amp to Z2 and it keeps the amp on. However, when the Apple TV goes into standby and takes the TV and Onkyo down with it, the Rotel doesn't turn off. I can see Z2 lit up on the Onkyo's display. I don't know what to do about this, so I disabled trigger in on the amp for now.
2.) a smart strip didn't work for another OP because they used CEC and their receiver never fully shuts off. This scenario prevented the amp from turning off when the receiver went into standby.
I don't want my receiver turning all the way off if the Apple TV won't be able to power it on/off along with the TV.
3.) someone advised an OP to use a Harmony remote and program Z2 as something that brings the amp on/off with the receiver.
My wife is used to using the little touchpad thingy to navigate the Apple TV. I don't remember the last time we've had to use another remote for any reason at all. I prefer not to present my wife with another remote to use.
In your opinion, what is the best course of action to get my amp to turn on/off with the receiver without having to
- use a new remote?
- turn the receiver all the way off?