Originally Posted by BPlayer
I do not have a 665 or Marantz AVR so these comments could be off base.
First, assuming that the Marantz has an input selection command, can you add that command to the end of the activity startup, i.e., Input Analog at the end of the Watch TV?
Also, you should put the Marantz remote in a drawer and only use the 665, and use the 665 to setup the AVR before starting AirPlay from your phone.
This is not perfect but some workarounds may be needed when there are constraints.
Originally Posted by koan
What he said - try adding the input selection command at the end of the startup sequence. If that doesn't work, try it with a delay inserted before the command. If that doesn't work, maybe try adding a different input command (e.g., HDMI 2) and then adding the Input Analog command so that it switches away and then back.
Originally Posted by BPlayer
You actually have the button input, as you stated. It just needs to be added to the startup sequence. However, you may find that the desktop software does not give you the option to use that command. This is a quirk and hat you have to do is "learn" the command and give it a name that does not start with Input, so something like MyAnalog.
Thanks everyone. Great suggestions. Yes one of the first things I tried to do was add it as part of the activity startup, but it is already in there and can't be controlled, and can't be added again. I think it is part of the desire to "maintain state", so the remote controls when the command is sent. In fact, it doesn't make available any power or input commands when editing the startup activity. That was the saddest part
Yeah we should just use the 665. One interesting thing with airplay is that there isn't actually a command to put it in airplay mode before sending my phone to it. But that did give me an idea - I could create a "Use Airplay" activity and set it to an input I never use. Then when my devices send their music to it, it switches to airplay mode. But since the 665 thinks its on a different input that no other activities use, it will always send the input command when I start up another activity.
So I am leaving a soft button to fix the activity input. I even created a very complex "fix activity" sequence (all commands are available to create sequences to assign to buttons), that fixes most any problem imaginable with our most common activities. My wife now just presses that if she gets confused or something happens. She loves the 665 BTW.
We had a weird case where I'd set "sleep" on the TV and Marantz and fall asleep, and the 665 doesn't actually know that the TV and receiver will eventually turn off with that command. So going to another activity it doesn't turn them back on. AND the TV gets in a wonky state so even if it did know it might still fail other activity startups. Had to create a special fix sequence for that.
Even with all the bumps, I still like the remote quite a bit. It's WAY nicer than the Sony TV remote so for smart TV viewing, the 665 is worlds above in ease of use and layout. And I decided having a soft button to fix a couple common issues on page 2 of the soft menu is still easier than juggling a bunch of remotes :-)
I also know that I can call their support and they can do things I can't, like possibly force the state better when starting an activity. I haven't tried working with them yet, but I heard they are pretty supportive.