Originally Posted by chrishicks
By chance is anyone using this receiver with a Harmony remote? Are there discrete codes for every input if so?
I use this with a Harmony Smart Control and it has discrete codes for every input, HDMI1-6, BR, SAT/CBL, Tuner, including Bluetooth Audio, etc. I don't know if it has every single one of the "Media Server", "Pandora", "Spotify".
This receiver is pretty bonkers though. I've only had it a few days and I'm on the verge of returning it.
I've used the same HDMI cable to connect my Samsung Bluray player to my old Onkyo receiver for years (a 24AWG 2ft monoprice cable) but using the same cable on this Pioneer, watching Skyfall the connection just drops and I get no sound/no picture every 8-10 minutes. Switching inputs and switching back doesn't help. Plugging and unplugging the cable a couple of times brings it back. I changed to an "amazon basics high speed HDMI 3ft" cable and it seemed to work for a couple of hours but I am skeptical of why the same data that has passed through that cable before suddenly doesn't work, and with no indication from the unit as to any error.
The web-based setup wizard for configuring the inputs is the worst. You have to go through a 30 step "Tell me all the things you have and I'll tell you where to plug them in". No, thanks, the cables won't fit the way you want them to go. Can I just map them myself with some nice dropdowns or something? "No." The HDMI ports on the back are: HDMI1, BR, HDMI2, HDMI3, HDMI4, HDMI6. HDMI5 is on the front, and why the heck is BR it's own thing? In addition to the HDMI1-6 inputs, there's also SAT/CBL and DVD which you can map to HDMI1-6, but then the HDMIx button for that doesn't work any more, you have to use the SAT/CBL or DVD button. That's unintuitive but not a deal breaker, however I've lost my input setup twice on losing power to the device (I use one of those "green" outlets that cuts the power when the TV is off). It seems to be sticking now but I am skeptical of it.
The OSD overlay is way under-utilized. Every setting is reduced to a 4 or 5 character abbreviation and squeezed into a tiny space. "VSTP->POSR" what the heck does that mean? Is up/down arrow changing what setting I am changing, or is it changing the option for this setting? Same thing with left and right!
Finally, and this is the final nail in the coffin, blacks aren't black any more. There's not supposed to be any video processing turned on, or at least that I can tell. I have VIDSC->PURE which I am not sure if that means like "don't change the video at all" or "Enhance video with a fancy algorithm called 'Pure' which messes up black levels".
Wow I was just going to post about the IR codes, but I seem to have gotten off topic. Now that I've typed that all out I've realized just how many things are wrong with this receiver. I'm pretty sure I'll be returning it.