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Need code for Yamaha Amp/Receiver RX 397 (Sony remote RM-VZ320)
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Post 1 made on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 18:53
James S
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I just bought a Universal Remote--Sony RM-VZ320. I've programmed it successfully for all of my devices with the exception of my Yamaha RX 397 Receiver. I went through all of the other Amp codes as well as some of the Receiver codes (the unit is an amp as well as a receiver) with no luck.

Can anyone help me? Thanks.
Post 2 made on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 19:10
edmund
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With the receiver using a two-key power scheme, and the sony remote only having a single power key, if the receiver was in the same power state as the code you test, it would seem no code had worked. And the volume keys may have had the tv volume instead of the stereo initially, Doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Test ALL keys, not just power and volume.

When testing codes, test the code with stereo both on and when its off. You WILL NOT find a single code that does both on & off, sorry.
OP | Post 3 made on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 20:58
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Edmund,

Thank you for your reply. I'm not sure what you mean by "test all keys, not just power and volume."

The remote instructions say to press the Set key until it comes on, then press and hold the Amp key, and then release both. From there (with the Set light on), you enter the code (all the codes for this remote are five digits). The Set key then blinks three times. At that point you press/release the Amp key and then press Power. If the correct code was entered, the unit will come on.

It sounds like you're saying there's another way to do it?
Post 4 made on Thursday January 16, 2014 at 18:56
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With this model of universal remote, which is just preprogrammed remote, meaning you are stuck with whatever's preset. There is no way to add missing commands.

See you receiver has a key for ON ,and another for Standby. It may respond to a toggle that does both, but that toggle won't be preset via ANY of the Sony codes. And there's no way to add it to the Sony universal you have. So one of the commands will always be missing.

The command that is preset is probably the discrete ON command, if you were testing the codes with receiver on, that discrete command would seem to do nothing since the receiver is already on. That's why when entering each code, before giving up on it, test it on your receiver with receiver both on and in standby. And test the reset of the keys for each code, with receiver on.

In the end I would dump that universal, get a least one with learning function. If you like sony, that would be the rm-vlz620. Check for the RF10, being discontinued, it's discounted, code library isn't anything, but the learning memory is huge. Or get a Harmony.
OP | Post 5 made on Sunday January 19, 2014 at 11:03
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Edmund,

I took your advice and exchanged the 320 for a 620. It works! Now all is right with the world. Thanks.


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