What is HDMI CEC?

Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a feature of HDMI designed to allow users to command and control devices connected through HDMI by using only one remote control. For example, by using the remote control of a television set to control a soundbar, set-top box and or Blu-ray player. Up to 15 devices can be controlled.

 

Why You Want HDMI-CEC ?

HDMI-CEC allows devices connected to your TV through HDMI ports to communicate back and forth with your TV. The TV can have some control over the devices, and the devices can have some control over the TV.

HDMI-CEC function from your TV can control your devices:

  1. Power On or Off
  2. Volume Control + or -
  3. Mute
  4. Device priority

For example: You can control our Soundbar’s volume and control Blu-ray player’s interface through your TV remote.

HDMI-CEC function from your source devices can control your TV:

  1. Power On
  2. Device priority
 

Tip and Recommendation:

For HDMI-CEC to work correctly, we provide 4 usage scenarios below on tips and recommendation.

(A) TV and Soundbar only:

Requirement: Setup TV’s HDMI-CEC (TV HDMI-CEC Setup)

Tips: Use your TV’s remote control to:

  1. Power On or Off our soundbar
  2. Change our soundbar’s volume Control + or -
  3. Mute our soundbar
  4. Device priority: our soundbar will automatically change to ARC input whenever your TV is power on
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*Important: In this scenario, always use your TV remote control to power ON and OFF our soundbar. Once HDMI-CEC is set up, do not use our soundbar remote control to Power ON or OFF our soundbar. The TV’s HDMI-CEC has taken control over our soundbar’s the power ON/OFF function, pressing the power button on soundbar remote control will become secondary, which will result in no response or delay on our soundbar.

 

(B) TV, Soundbar and Source devices:

Requirement: Setup HDMI-CEC on both (a) TV and (b) source devices (TV HDMI-CEC Setup)

Tips 1: Use your TV’s remote control to:

  1. Power On or Off our soundbar and Power off devices
  2. Change our soundbar’s volume Control + or -
  3. Mute our soundbar
  4. Device priority: our soundbar will automatically change to ARC input whenever your TV is power on
  5. Control your source device’s interface

Tips 2: Use your device’s remote control for:

  1. Power On your TV
  2. Device priority: our soundbar will automatically switch to the connected HDMI input whenever your device is out of rest mode e.g. being power on
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*Important:

If you just want to watch TV always use your TV remote control to power ON and OFF our soundbar. Once HDMI-CEC is set up, do not use our soundbar remote control to Power ON or OFF our soundbar. The TV’s HDMI-CEC has taken control over our soundbar’s the power ON/OFF function, pressing the power button on soundbar remote control will become secondary, which will result in no response or delay on our soundbar.

If you want to watch device 1, 2 or 3, always use your source device’s remote control to power ON (or press play button) the device. The source device will send a HDMI-CEC signal to your TV and to our soundbar to automatically power ON.

When finished watching the movie, always use the TV remote control to power OFF. The TV will send HDMI-CEC signal to our soundbar and the source device to automatically power OFF. The TV’s and source device’s HDMI-CEC has taken control over our soundbar’s the power ON/OFF function, pressing the power button on soundbar remote control will become secondary, which will result in no response or delay on our soundbar.

 

(C) TV, Soundbar and Source devices without HDMI CEC:

Whenever any devices do not have HDMI CEC on the setup link.

Requirement: Turn HDMI-CEC OFF on both (a) TV and (b) all source devices.

Tips: Using HDMI-CEC OFF, allows you to manually control your TV, Sound bar and connected devices using its’ respective remotes.

     
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    (D) My Harmony Universal Remote:

    The CEC auto power and device priority can sometimes conflict with Harmony's ability to power on and change inputs, and it is highly recommended to disable all the CEC on your connected devices including your TV.

    https://support.myharmony.com/en-us/understanding-hdmi-and-cec

    Requirement: Turn HDMI-CEC OFF on both (a) TV and (b) all source devices

    Tips: Using HDMI-CEC OFF, allows your Harmony remote control to control all connected device seamlessly

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    HDMI-CEC Trade Names

    List of “HDMI-CEC” branded trade name:

    • AOC: E-link
    • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC (Thank you, Hitachi!)
    • LG: SimpLink
    • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
    • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
    • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
    • Philips: EasyLink
    • Pioneer: Kuro Link
    • Runco International: RuncoLink
    • Samsung: Anynet+
    • Sharp: Aquos Link
    • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
    • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
    • Vizio: CEC
     

    For detailed HDMI CEC setup instructions, visit HDMI CEC SETTINGS