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Trying to simplify - Roku Stick audio to AV Receiver

Dec 30, 2019 9:26AM PST

Hello,

In an effort to simplify our home AV setup, I bought a Roku Stick which thankfully also turns on and allows us to control the audio volume on our Panasonic Viera 55” Class 1080p Plasma HDTV, TC-P55VT30. We only need the Roku remote to turn on the Roku and the TV and to be able to control the sound on the TV.

BUT, we’d love to get better audio by using our Yamaha RX-V579 AV Receiver and still only use the one Roku remote.

Is there an easy way we can do this? To be able to use one remote to control the Roku Stick, the TV (only needs to turn on) and sound on our AV Receiver? Sure would make my wife happy. Happy

Thanks,
John

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I went another direction.
Dec 30, 2019 9:55AM PST

And picked up one of the Amazon Fire TV. Not a box or stick but the Fire TV. Mine is the 50 inch Toshiba. I picked out the soundbar and woofer from Toshiba so that ARC would work and I have a single remote with volume control.

I was pleasantly surprised that I can control DVD and BluRay disc playback on our Sony BD/DVD player. Not all functions are on the Amazon remote but enough. Eject for example is missing so you have to tap the button on the player.

As to the Roku, I'd like to hear how your project turned out.

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ARC?
Dec 30, 2019 10:46AM PST

I've heard ARC mentioned before and need to research that.

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I was using an acronym and forgot to supply
Dec 30, 2019 10:56AM PST

The other one that is what really makes my setup work.

HDMI CeC is the feature that allows commands (that's the C in CeC) to go over HDMI.

ARC is the audio return channel or how sound is getting from the HDTV to my Toshiba Sound Bar along with CeC to control the volume level.

-> FULL STOP. Sure, we can get into the technical details about how this all works but here I wanted like many to reduce the remote control proliferation and shared my setup. Yes, it's not acceptable to some video and audio philes but for me it's very nice and we enjoy it.

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