harmony -- marantz surround mode
Greetings harmony enthusiasts. harmony newbie here. I have an elite and attempting to specify marantz the surround mode -- for example, pick multi-channel stereo when selecting the CD player., or DTS:neural when playing a DVD from my plex server. So far I cant figure out how to do it - the harmony doesn't allow detailed enough programming capability and in fact it appears to be so "turnkey" oriented that I can't do what I want to do.
I'm hoping I just haven't unearthed the right method. I'm trying to edit an activity using the win10 app, and I don't see any commands to explicitly set the surround mode. Do I have to make the selection just like one would have to do with the Marantz remote itself, which appears to cycle through the available choices with the push of a sinble button? If thats the case, then one has to guess at the correct number of clicks (because the available choices change with the source input). But is that the only way to do this? count the number of button pushes and replicate that in the activity? I hope I'm wrong because if I'm right this is totally lame, either on the part of harmony or Marantz I"m not sure!
on a related question: is it not possible to control the Marantz via IP instead of IR? its not clear to me how to do that either!
thanks for the infinite wisdom
on edit: it appears it is NOT possible to specify the surround mode explicitly; I can't find any Marantz documentation to the contrary, and I can only assume that such control has been relegated to the likes of $$control 4$$ which I'm not willing to fund at this time. I wish Harmony would utilize IP control but they have apparently built their database around the IR blaster.
After further investigation it appears that because the available choices depend upon the source content the best workaround is simply to program the red/green/yellow/blue buttons on the harmony remote to correspond to the same on the Marantz IR remote. this will call up the surround mode choice and allow one to select the desired mode. its not optimum but its an acceptable workaround for now anyway.
Last edited by dlleno; 01-01-2019 at 05:36 PM.