Originally Posted by jbauer
Again, thank you!
A few things though:
1) Maybe I don't get it 100%... Ok, so I have my RCA cable connected between my MM9000 and my AV7702mkII now, but if I understand what you said - the AV7702mkII doesn't send the right command to the MM9000 to put it into standby or take it out of standby. If that's the case, then why have it connected? Also, it sounds like I can get the remote control functionality that I had with my AV7005 back if I use a 3rd party remote or buy an AV7005 remote again, or maybe figure out how to program the AV7702mkII remote with the right code. Do I have all this right? If so, what a bummer. You'd think that Marantz would give you the option of what code the AV7702mkII sends to the amp so that it could work with their legacy products!
It's not that the 7702 doesn't send the right command. The 7702 just forwards whatever commands it receives to whatever devices are connected to its Remote Control output.. Your IR remote (or other controlling device) is responsible for generating commands which are recognized by the "downstream" devices; the Marantz discrete power on and off commands, in this case. (Note that the 7702 will respond to the discrete power on and off commands, too, not just to the "toggle power" command.)
Another way to control things might be to use a computer, tablet or smartphone to connect to the 7702's Web interface. My experience with my SR7009 is that the power on/off commands generated by way of its Web control interface are the "discrete" commands and power on and off both my SR7009 and my MM9000. The same might be the case for the 7702's Web interface.
Note that having the Web interface and other networked control options available while the 7702 is in Standby is optional. You have to select the option "Network on in Standby". It'll cause the 7702 to draw slightly more power while it's "off".
That same functionality might be available in the Marantz iOS or Android Apps. I've never used them, so I dunno.
2) Ok, so I understand what you are describing with selecting the right music/movie sound mode, but what I really want is for my AV to see the stream that it is receiving and pick the one that suits it. I THOUGHT that the AV7005 in Auto mode did that, but it sounds like I need to make a choice myself with the AV7702mkII. Yes, I understand that it will remember which one you picked for each input. However, I basically use one device for both music and for movies (an Apple TV4), so that doesn't really help me much.
Unfortunately, the 7702 really can't distinguish between movies and music input signals. Somehow you have to tell it which it's receiving so it can apply the audio manipulation that you want. Don't forget, for example, that there are multichannel music soundtracks and stereo, even mono, movies. Not to mention multichannel concert videos which might be considered both.
Another way to tell the 7702 about that distinction would be to get an HDMI splitter and put it in between your Apple TV and the 7702 so that the ATV is connected to two separate HDMI inputs at the same time. Configure one input as your music input and the other as your movie input. Then select the "movie" input when you want upmixing and the "music" input when you don't. You'd still be using the same number of button presses to switch between the audio modes, but it might be more comfortable to use.