US 20050100312A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2005/0100312 A1
(43) Pub. Date:
Commons et al.
(54) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR
May 12, 2005
Related US. Application Data
REMOTELY CONTROLLING A RECEIVER
ACCORDING TO CONTENT AND USER
SELECTION
(60) Provisional application No. 60/500,582, ?led on Sep.
4, 2003.
Publication Classi?cation
(75) Inventors: Christopher Commons, Carmel, IN
(US); Marty R. Wachter, Baltimore,
51
MD (US); Robert A. Bouterse,
Im. C17
.
(52)
Danville, IN (US)
Correspondence Address:
(57)
MCDONNELL BOEHNEN HULBERT &
BERGHOFF LLP
300 S. WACKER DRIVE
32ND FLOOR
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US. Cl. ............................................... ..386/46; 386/96
ABSTRACT
System and method for automatically controlling a media
receiver by instructing the media receiver to use a particular
receiver connection and to play a selected media unit using
one of a plurality of play modes according to characteristics
of the media unit. Media units may be encoded using any of
a variety of encoding formats. The media management
system may interface With a media receiver to select media
receiver connections in accordance With the media type of
the media unit. The media management system may also
interface With the media receiver to set media receiver
CHICAGO, IL 60606 (US)
(73) Assignee: Digital Networks North America, Inc.,
Santa Clara, CA (US)
(21) Appl. No.:
10/935,068
settings for playing the selected media unit according to the
media receiver settings selected for a play mode correspond
(22) Filed:
Sep. 7, 2004
ing to the characteristics of the selected media unit.
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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY
CONTROLLING A RECEIVER ACCORDING TO
CONTENT AND USER SELECTION
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATION
[0001] This application claims the bene?t of US. Provi
sional Application No. 60/500,582, ?led on Sep. 4, 2003,
entitled “Method and Apparatus for Remotely Controlling a
Receiver according to Content and User Selection,” Which is
incorporated herein by reference.
FIELD OF INVENTION
[0002] The current invention relates to entertainment
devices and, more speci?cally, to systems and methods for
automatic control over peripheral equipment connected to
media management systems.
on the receiver. Such manual con?guration for each type of
media source becomes burdensome to the user.
[0006]
Based on the foregoing, a need exists for automati
cally con?guring receivers to play media using sound and
video modes according to characteristics of the media.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0007] The subject matter regarded as the invention is
particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the con
cluding portion of the speci?cation. The invention, hoWever,
both as to organiZation and method of operation, together
With features and advantages thereof, may best be under
stood by reference to the folloWing detailed description
When read With the accompanying draWings in Which:
[0008] FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary
media management system;
[0009] FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary
con?guration process; and
BACKGROUND
[0003] Media management systems are becoming increas
[0010] FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary
system and method for playing media in accordance With a
ingly popular among consumers of entertainment media Who
user con?guration.
need assistance in managing their ever-groWing collections
of CD’s, DVD’s, MP3 ?les and media-playing equipment.
Media management systems interface With a variety of
sources of media. For example, a media management system
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
[0011] In the folloWing detailed description, numerous
speci?c details are set forth in order to provide a thorough
may receive media from different CD-changers, different
DVD-changers, the Internet, a CD player, a DVD player, a
personal computer and a hard disk drive. Media manage
ment systems also interface With a variety of media players.
For example, the same media management system may play
understanding of the invention. HoWever, it Will be under
stood that the present invention may be practiced Without
these speci?c details. In other instances, Well-known meth
ods, procedures, components and circuits have not been
media on a monitor, a television, and on different audio
tion.
receivers. Media management systems are also typically
described in detail, so as not to obscure the present inven
able to display information about the media available on the
[0012]
connected sources of media on a user interface. The user
[0013] FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an exemplary media
management system 10 that includes:
interface alloWs the user to communicate instructions to play
selected pieces of media.
[0004] Developers of media management systems aim to
interface With as Wide a variety of media sources as possible.
Different media sources make media available in forms that
provide different capabilities for enhancing the user expe
rience. Web-sites on the Internet offer users the convenience
of doWnloading music or other audio as MP3 ?les. Video
Works and music are noW available on different types of
discs such as DVD, CD, Super-Audio CD (SACD), WAV,
MP3, DVD-Audio, etc. offering the user options such as
choices in surround modes available to the user. In this
regard, audio/video receivers noW have a variety of inputs to
alloW a user to connect alternative media sources. A user
may connect media sources, audio receivers and video
players to a media management system to take advantage of
the many options available to experience the media.
[0005] Providing such variety of capabilities imposes on
the user the burden of learning and understanding the
capabilities available on the user’s media management sys
tem. Moreover, the user typically manually con?gures the
manner in Which a selected piece of media Will be played
each time it is played. For example, a user may direct an
SACD disc to a 6-channel analog input on the receiver When
playing an SACD disc. Then, if the user Wishes to listen to
an MP3 ?le, the user may manually con?gure the media
management system to direct the output to a 2-channel input
1. OvervieW
[0014]
a plurality of media source input/output
(I/O) ports 12, (ii) a control port system 14, (iii) a
main processor 15, (iv) a user interface 16, (v) a
mode con?guration process 17, (vi) a media player
interface 18, (vii) a media database 19, (viii) a
control signal connection 51,
a digital connec
tion 52,
a 2-channel audio connection 54,
a
6-channel audio connection 56, and (xii) a video
connection 58.
[0015] The control signal connection 51, the digital con
nection 52, the 2-channel analog connection 54, the 6-chan
nel analog connection 56, and the video connection 58 are
communicatively coupled to a media receiver 38. The media
receiver 38 may be con?gured in various arrangements. For
example, the media receiver 38 may comprise a pre-ampli
?er. As another example, the media receiver 38 may include
a pre-ampli?er and a decoder that decodes media for playing
the media in one of a variety of play modes. As yet another
example, the media receiver 38 may comprise a pre-ampli
?er and an ampli?er. As still yet another example, the media
receiver 38 may include a pre-ampli?er, an ampli?er, and a
radio frequency tuner. Other examples of media receiver
arrangements are also possible.
[0016] The main processor 15 could comprise one or more
processors, such as a general purpose processor and/or a
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digital signal processor. The main processor 15 executes
program instructions in order to Work cooperatively With the
plurality of media source I/O ports 12, the control port
system 14, the user interface 16, the mode con?guration
process 17, and the media player interface 18.
[0017]
The plurality of media source I/O ports 12 are
coupled to a plurality of media source devices or systems.
By Way of eXample, the plurality of devices or systems may
include the Internet 20, a personal computer 24, a ?rst disc
changer 26a, a second disc changer 26b, and a third disc
changer 26c. Other examples of the devices or systems
coupled to the plurality of media source I/O ports 12 are also
possible.
[0018] The Internet 20 is preferably connected to a net
Work hub 22, Which provides Internet access to the personal
computer 24 in a local area netWork environment. The
personal computer 24 may connect to the media manage
ment system 10 using any suitable data connection (e.g.
RS232, Ethernet, Wireless Ethernet, etc.). In a preferred
embodiment, the personal computer 24 connects to the
media management system 10 at an Ethernet connection
over Which the media management system 10 connects to
the Internet 20.
[0019] The ?rst, second and third disc changers 26a-c may
be any disc changer operable to hold a plurality of media
discs such as audio CDs (compact discs), Super Audio CD’s
(SACD), and DVD’s (digital versatile disc or digital video
disc). The disc changers 26a-c connect to the media man
agement system 10 at the media source I/O ports 12 to
communicate media to the media management system 10.
[0020]
The media management system 10 may include a
title (eg a CD title, a DVD title, or a movie title), a song,
a genre, a location, an artist, a date, and/or a media type. The
location de?nes the location of the media unit on the media
source. For eXample, a media unit record for a song may
denote that the song is located in a particular slot on a
particular tray in a particular one of the CD changers that
may be connected as a media source to the media manage
ment system 10. As another eXample, a media unit record for
a song may denote that the song is located as a particular
track on a disc, such as a CD, DVD, and/or SACD. An artist
de?nes a performer’s Work or group of performers’ Work
recorded as a media unit. Adate, for eXample, may de?ne the
day Which a media unit Was recorded or a day the media unit
Was released by a recording studio. Other eXamples of the
date are also possible.
[0024]
The media type de?nes the format used to encode
a media unit. Various media types are available for encoding
audio. For eXample, a media type may include the Motion
Picture EXperts Group—audio layer 3 (MP3) format, a CD
format, a SACD format, a DVD format, a Waveform audio
(WAV) format, pulse code modulation (PCM) format, free
lossless audio code (FLAC) format, or an advance audio
coding (AAC) format. The media type may also de?ne
Whether the media unit is encoded as
encrypted or
unencrypted media, or (ii) compressed or uncompressed
media. Other eXamples of formats for digitally encoding
audio are also possible.
[0025] Further, a media type format may have a variety of
encoding characteristics. For eXample, an audio recording
may be encoded as an MP3 ?le in mono format having a data
rate of 96K bits per second (bps), or as an MP3 ?le in stereo
format having a data rate of 96K bps, or as an MP3 ?le in
control port system 14 for controlling the disc changers
26a-c. The control port system 14 may provide control
signals to disc changers 26a-c via infrared (IR) (e.g. Wired
bit rate or a constant bit rate and With a different amount of
IR or Wireless IR), or serial connections (e.g. tWo-Way serial
or S-Link based connections). Other eXamples of control
eXamples of encoding characteristics of the MP3 format, the
signal types provided by the control port system 14 to the
AAC format, or other media type are also possible.
disc changers 26a-c are also possible.
[0021] The control port system 14 may interface (eg via
an RS-232 serial cable) With a home remote control system
28. As an eXample, the home remote control system 28 may
stereo format having a data rate of 192K bps. As another
eXample, the AAC format could be encoded using a variable
audio channels, (eg 1 channel, 2 channels, etc.). Other
[0026] The media management system 10 may display
selected information about the media from the media unit
records stored in the media database 19 on a display 32. The
media management system 10 may also alloW the user to
provide control for the media management system 10, as
con?gure and select media to play using a keyboard 34, an
Well as control for other systems, such as appliances and/or
IR remote control 30 or another suitable input device. The
media management system 10 may include a user interface
a furnace in a home.
[0022] The media management system 10 accesses each of
the plurality of media sources and organiZes information
about the media that is accessible to the user of the media
management system 10 in the media database 19. The media
database 19 may be any type of storage system. For
eXample, the media database 19 may comprise a disc-based
mass storage device, a ?ash memory system, or a combi
nation of ?ash memory and disc-based memory. The media
database 19 stores media unit records, i.e., records contain
ing information about media units that may be received from
the media sources. As used herein, the term media unit shall
refer to any playable or renderable piece of media, such as
16 that processes user input and output via the display 32
and the keyboard 34 and provides con?guration and eXecu
tion processes to alloW the user to manage and play the
media obtained from the media sources. As an eXample, the
display 32 may comprise a touch-screen that alloWs a user
to
con?gure and select media, and (ii) select play modes,
by touching the touch-screen While a con?guration and
selection screen is shoWn on the display 32.
[0027] In a preferred embodiment, the user interface 16
may be coupled to a con?guration process 17 that alloWs the
user to con?gure the media receiver 38 to play the media in
accordance With requirements speci?ed in a play mode. The
audio/visual programming, or any other audio and/or video
con?guration process 17 may display screens to query the
user prompting the user to enter information about play
segment.
modes for the particular media types available.
a song, a movie, a picture, a track on a disc, a portion of
[0023]
In eXemplary embodiments, a media unit record
contains information in the form of characteristics such as a
[0028]
As an eXample, the user may specify that a song in
an MP3 format Will be played on a receiver via a 2-channel
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analog connection. In this regard, for 2-channel analog, the
media management system 10 processes the MP3 song by
Digital (e.g. Dolby Digital EX) (iv) THX (e.g THX Cin
ema), (v) Wide Screen, (vi) Super Stadium, (vii) Rock
extracting the left and right channel analog signals of the
Arena, (viii) JaZZ Club,
MP3 song and then sends the left and right analog signals 55
Movie,
Matrix, (xii) S-Channel Stereo, (xiii) 7-Channel
Stereo, (xiv) Stereo, (xv) Pure Direct, or (xvi) Direct.
to a corresponding 2-channel analog connection at the media
receiver 38. The media receiver 38 may process the left and
right channel signals 55 by amplifying the signals before
outputting the signals to a left speaker and a right speaker
respectively.
[0029] As another example, the MP3 song may also be
communicated digitally (in MP3 or other digital format) to
another digital player. In this regard, the user may specify a
receiver connection that sends a digital signal 53 from the
digital connection 52 to a corresponding digital connection
at the media receiver 38. As yet another example, the user
may specify a receiver connection that sends 6-channel
audio signals 57 from the 6-channel audio connection 56 to
a corresponding 6-channel audio connection at the media
receiver 38.
[0030] The 2-channel analog receiver connection is only
one of many media receiver connections that may be speci
?ed for a given media type. Other examples of media
receiver connections include: 5.1 analog connections, and
(ii) digital connections, such as a 2-channel digital connec
tion, a S-channel digital connection, or a 7-channel digital
connections. Other examples of media receiver connections
are also possible. These media receiver connections may
correspond directly to the connections available on the
media receiver 38. FIG. 1 shoWs a digital connection 52, a
2-channel analog connection 54, and a 6-channel audio
connection (eg for use With 5.1 modes) 56.
Classic Concert,
[0034] These play modes (and others that may be de?ned)
may be used With media receivers (e.g. media receiver 38)
that are able to interpret these play modes and con?gure
characteristics about the receiver to play the media. Con
?gurable characteristics include equalization (e.g. equalizer
settings), level adjustments (e.g. input level, or speaker
level), delay time, noise reduction, bass setting, and a
balance setting. Other examples of con?gurable character
istics are also possible.
[0035] In a preferred embodiment, the media management
system 10 couples a control signal 50 to the media receiver
38 to communicate con?guration instructions for playing a
particular media unit. The control signal 50 may communi
cate commands to con?gure the receiver 38. The commands
may be speci?c to the type (brand or make) of receiver based
on the receiver’s command set. For example, the media
receiver 38 may be a Denon or MarantZ receiver that may be
controlled by the control signal 50. Examples of Denon
receivers that may be controlled by the control signal 50
include:
[0036] AVR-2803
[0037] AVR-3803
[003s] AVR-4802R
[0039] AVR-5803
[0031] Audio signals received at the media receiver 38
[0040]
may be played through one or more speakers coupled to the
media receiver. As an example, the media receiver 38 is
shoWn connected to a ?rst speaker 40 (eg a speaker for a
trolled by the control signal 50 include:
left-audio channel), a second speaker 42 (eg a right-channel
speaker), and a third speaker 44 (eg a speaker for a
center-audio channel). Other examples of the amount of
speakers coupled to the media receiver 38 and/or the audio
signal played through a particular speaker are also possible.
[0032]
The media receiver 38 may also drive video equip
Mono
Examples of MarantZ receivers that may be con
[0041] SR7300
[0042] SR7300S6
[0043] SR8200
[0044] SR8300
[0045] SR9300
connection 58. In this regard, a video signal 59 is sent to the
television or monitor 36. The video formats may include
[0046] These Denon and MarantZ receivers are controlled
using an RS232 connection for the control signal 50. HoW
ever, other receivers and other types of control connections
compressed media (video and/or audio content), uncom
may be used as Well.
ment, such as a television or monitor 36 via a video
pressed media, or a combination of compressed and uncom
[0047] In exemplary embodiments, the media manage
pressed
Motion Picture
media.Experts
Examples
Group
of(MPEG)-1,
video formats
(ii) MPEG-2,
include: (iii)
ment system 10 con?gures the media receiver 38 to play
MPEG-4, (iv) high de?nition television (HDTV), (v)
media using a selected receiver connection. The selected
National Television System Committee (NTSC), (vi) Phase
Alternating Line (PAL), (vii) Joint Photographic Experts
Group (JPEG), and (viii) Video-CD. Other examples of
video formats are also possible.
[0033] The media receiver 38 may also use play modes
speci?c for different video formats as Well. For example, a
Denon receiver may be commanded to con?gure the
receiver according to special play modes that the receiver is
designed to understand. The media management system 10
Digital
may send
Theater
commands
Systemspecifying
(DTS) (e.g.
playDTS-ES,
modes, DTS-Neo:6,
such as
DTS-Digital Surround, or DTS-96/24), (ii) Dolby Pro Logic
(DPL) (e.g. DPL II, DPL Movie, or DPL Music), (iii) Dolby
receiver connection is used to con?gure the receiver 38 by
ensuring that the media is communicated on the receiver
connections that correspond to the media type (eg encoding
format such as MP3, SACD, DVD-Audio, FLAC, AAC,
etc.). In exemplary embodiments, the user is provided With
the con?guration process 17 to con?gure hoW media Will be
played automatically as a function of its media type and/or
genre, artist, or any other suitable characteristic that may be
included in the media unit record.
[0048] 2. An Exemplary Con?guration Process
[0049] FIG. 2 depicts operation of an exemplary con?gu
ration process 17 that may be used in the media management
system 10 shoWn in FIG. 1. The con?guration process 17 is
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preferably invoked during a setup stage during Which the
record 194, and the media receiver type record 196 may be
user con?gures the media management system 10 for opera
tion. During the setup stage, the user may connect all of the
necessary equipment to the media management system 10
stored in the media database 19 (shoWn in FIG. 1). Further,
the system may comprise a plurality of media unit records,
each corresponding to a particular media unit. Further still,
the system may include a plurality of media type con?gu
ration records, play mode records, and media receiver type
and go through various interactive stages of inputting infor
mation to enable the media management system 10 to
perform its functions. For example, one interactive stage
may entail setting up service With an Internet Service
Provider to be able to communicate With a Web-site that
records, such as to accommodate the preferences of more
than one user of the system.
‘Cancel’ button 88 to start again, or a ‘Help’ button 90 to get
[0055] The play selection function 110 may retrieve one or
more records from the media data base 19. For example, the
play selection function 110 retrieves a media unit record 190
from the media database 19 for a selected media unit. The
media unit may be selected directly When the user selects the
media unit from the user interface. The media unit may also
be selected as part of a playlist that contains the name of the
media unit and retrieves the information While processing
the songs on the playlist. The playlist may be user de?ned or
pre-de?ned in an album or other type of collection of media
units.
interactive help services. The user may also select play
modes from drop-doWn menus 92 on the play mode setting
screen 82. As an example, the play modes may be correlated
With a particular genre (or another one of the plurality of
[0056] The media unit record 190 contains information
about the media unit that has been selected for play. As an
example, the media unit record 190 may include information
characteristics) of the media units available for play by the
that identi?es
provides media to doWnload.
[0050]
In the con?guration process 17 in FIG. 2, the user
may enter a receiver con?guration stage involving a receiver
connection setting screen 80 and a play mode setting screen
82. Referring to the receiver connection setting screen 80,
the user may select receiver connections from drop-doWn
menus 84 for each media type listed. The user may then save
the selections to a media type con?guration record 100 by
clicking on a ‘SAVE’ button 86. The user may click a
media receiver 38. The user may save play mode selections
to a play mode record 102 by clicking on the ‘SAVE’ button
94.
[0051] Those of ordinary skill in the art Will appreciate
that the receiver connection setting screen 80 and the play
mode setting screen 82 are shoWn as examples of con?gu
a media unit as an audio (music) or a video
media unit, (ii) an artist name, such as “Joe Smith” (iii) a
title, such as “Joe Smith’s First Album” (iv) a genre, (v) a
date, such as a recording date, (vi) a label, such as Radio
Corporation of America (RCA), (vii) a location, such as an
internal hard drive in a personal computer, and (viii) a media
type, such as MP3. Other examples of information in a
media unit record 190 are also possible.
ration screens that a user may use to select hoW the media
receiver 38 Will be automatically con?gured to play a
selected media unit. The play mode setting screen 82 may
use other characteristics, such as artist, title, or location, to
select the play that Will be used by the media receiver 38
When playing the selected media unit. Other examples of the
receiver connection setting screen 80 and/or the play mode
setting screen 82 are also possible.
[0052] 3. An Exemplary System and Method for Playing
Media
[0053] FIG. 3 depicts operation of a system in the media
management system 10 for automatically selecting a play
mode and a receiver connection for con?guration of the
media receiver 38. Various events and/or timing may be used
to trigger the automatic selection of a play mode and
receiver connection. For example, the automatic selection
may occur in response to installing a disc into a disc player,
such as the ?rst CD changer 26a, shoWn in FIG. 1. As
another example the automatic selection may occur in
[0057] As another example, the play selection function
110 may also retrieve a media type con?guration record 192,
Which may be con?gured as described above With reference
to the media type con?guration record 100 in FIG. 2. The
play selection function 110 determines the media type for
the selected media unit from the media unit record 190. In
the example shoWn in FIG. 3, the media type is MP3. The
play selection function 110 then determines a receiver
connection selection for the selected media type by refer
ence to the media type record 192.
[0058] For instance, the receiver connection shoWn in the
media type con?guration record 192 for MP3 is 2-Channel
Analog. As additional examples, if the media type is CD
audio or a WAV ?le, then the receiver connection is 2-chan
nel digital, or if the media type is DVD-audio or SACD, then
the receiver connection is the analog 5.1 connection. Other
examples of receiver connections identi?ed in the media
type con?guration record 192 are also possible.
response to receiving a stream of media from a data storage
[0059] As another example, the play selection function
device. In this regard, the data storage device could be local
110 may retrieve a play mode record 194. The play mode
record 194 includes play modes that correspond to a genre
characteristic of a media unit. As an example, a play mode
“rock arena” corresponds to a rock genre, a play mode
“classic concert” corresponds to a classical genre, and a play
mode “jaZZ club” corresponds to a jaZZ genre. As another
to the media management system 10 or remote from the
media management system, such as at a data storage device
at the personal computer 24 or on the Internet 20. Other
examples of triggering the automatic selection of a play
mode and receiver connection are also possible.
[0054] As shoWn in FIG. 3, the system comprises a media
player interface 18, a play selection function 110, a media
play processor 170, a media unit record 190, a media type
con?guration record 192, a play mode record 194, and a
media receiver type record 196. The media unit record 190,
the media type con?guration record 192, the play mode
example, a user may select a play mode “rock arena” for a
jaZZ genre. Other examples of play modes corresponding to
a characteristic of a media unit are also possible.
[0060]
The play selection function 110 determines a play
mode selection based on the media unit record 190 and the
play mode record 194. For instance, since the genre char
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acteristic of the media unit record 190 is Jan and the play
mode for the J an genre is J an Club (as de?ned by the play
request that the media receiver 38 use a play mode called
“Rock Arena.” The media receiver 38 Would be capable of
mode record 194), the play selection function 110 determines the play mode selection as being JaZZ Club.
[0061] The play selection function 110 interfaces to a
using various speci?c settings of characteristics such as
tone, equaliZer settings, noise reduction, delay time, bass
Semng’. balance Semng’ and level adlustments to Output
.
.
med1a play processor 170 to communicate the play mode
.
.
.
.
sound In a manner that may be characterIZed as sounding
.
“
,,
.
.
like Rock Arena. The media receiver 38 Would also be
selection and the receiver connect1on selection for a selected
.
.
.
.
med1a unit. The media play processor 170 receives the play
.
.
.
.
.
.
compatible With the control Instruction it receives.
_
mode selection, the receiver connection selection, as Well as
a media receiver type record 196. The media receiver type
[0064] A5 ahether example, the hledla Play lhoeessot 170
may request that _the thedla reeewer 38 S_W1teh ah lhpht
record 196 identi?es the type of receiver Coupled t0 a media
source for media signals. to a particular rece1ver connection.
management system. For eXample, the media receiver type
Ih th1S regerd> the thedla Play Preeesser _170 requests the
record 196 may identify a receiver as being a Denon brand
media receiver 38 to use receiver connections of the media
receiver having a model number of AVR_2803_
receiver that are coupled to receiver connections' at the
_
_
_
media player Interface 18. For example, the media play
[9062] The the‘ha Play preeesser _170 reeelves the the‘ha
slghals 120 of the Selected thedla hhlt hem the Ihe‘ha Source
I/O Ports 12 SheWh 1h FIG‘ The the‘ha Play Preeesser 17h
hses_ the reeelver eohheetloh seleetloh ahd the Ihe‘ha
processor 170 may request the media receiver to use a
2-channel analog receiver connection that is coupled to the
2-channel analog connection 54. In this regard, the media
play processor 170 Will route the media signals 120 to the
reeelveh type record to deterthlhe _the _ Selected reeelver
2-channel analog connection 54 as 2-channel analog signals
eohheetloh ahd to couple the Ihedla stghals 12h to the
62, for transmission in turn to the 2-channel analog receiver
Selected reeelYer eohheetlohs at the Ihedla Player lhterfaee
connection at the media receiver 38. Other signals that may
18' The thedla Ptay preeesser 170 useS the Play mode
seleetloh> the reeelver eohheetloh seleetloh> ahe the Ihe‘ha
receiverttype record to determine Which Instructions to send
be sent by the media play processor 170 are signals sent to
the digital connection 52, the 6-channel analog connection
56, or the Video Connection 58_ These Signals are not ShOWn
the media receiver 38 for con?guration of the media receiver
for Clarity of the example above
38'
[0063] In one exemplary embodiment, the media play
[0065] Speci?c media receivers are already capable of
such functionality. Tables 1-10 contain categories of control
processor 170 communicates a control signal 60 to the
control signal connection 51, for transmission in turn to the
media receiver 38. The control signal 60 communicates a
control instruction to the media receiver 38 that instructs the
media receiver 38 to use a particular receiver connection and
one of a plurality of play modes in accordance With the
instructions and other information that may be communi
cated to the media receiver 38 on a control signal 50 to
con?gure the media receiver 38. The control instructions in
Tables 1-10 are for a Denon AVR-SR9200. Those of ordi
nary skill in the art Will appreciate that Tables 1-10 shoWs
just one eXample of the types of control instructions that may
instruction. For eXample, the media play processor 170 may
be de?ned for other media receivers.
TABLE 1
Normal Command List
(Sample Command ID = 1)
Command
PoWer
INPUT
Priority Character
Sample
Power
LOW
A0
“@1AO”,OXOD
Power ON
PoWer OFF
DSS
TV
LD
DVD
vCR1
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
A1
A2
BO
B1
B2
B3
B4
vCR2/DvD-R
HIGH
B5
AUX1
AUX2
DVD-R (Not useable in this Model)
CD
TAPE
CD-R
FM
AM
HIGH
HIGH
—
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
B6
B7
B8
B9
BA
BB
BC
BD
MW (Same as AM)
HIGH
BE
LW
TUNER
MULTI CHANNEL M-ch. INPUT ON
M-ch. INPUT OFF
INPUT SIGNAL
AiD
TUNNER FREQ
AUTO-TUNE
FREQ UP
FREQ DOWN
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
BF
BG
BH
BI
BJ
CO
C1
C2
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Normal Command List
(Sample Command ID = 1)
Command
TUNNER PRESET
F-DIRECT
TUNER MODE
MEMO/CLR
DIRECT KEY
(10 Key)
Priority Character
PRISET INFO
P-SCAN
PRESET UP
PRESET DOWN
F-DIRECT
T-MODE
CLR
MEMO
DIRECT KEY 0
LOW
LOW
HIGH
HIGH
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
C8
DO
D1
E0
DIRECT KEY 1
LOW
E1
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
DIRECT
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
E2
E3
E4
E5
E6
E7
E8
E9
KEY
KEY
KEY
KEY
KEY
KEY
KEY
KEY
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Sample
[0066]
TABLE 2
Command
SURROUND
MODE
VOLUME
TONE
Priority Character
Sample
AUTO
THX 5.1MUSIC
THX SURR EX
THX CINEMA
DTS
DTS ES
DOLBY
DOLBY PROLOGIC
DOLBY PRO LOGIC II MOVIE
DOLBY PRO LOGIC II MUSIC
VIRTUAL
S DIRECT
MOVIE
HALL
MATRIX
Mch-STEREO
STEREO
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
“@1FO”,OXOD
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
FA
FB
FC
FD
FE
FF
FG
MONO
—
FH
NEO6 CINEMA
NEO6 MUSIC
THX Adv EX
CS5.1 MUSIC
C55.1 CINEMA
SURR MODE
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
FI
FJ
FK
FL
FM
FN
VOLUME
VOLUME
VOLUME
VOLUME
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
GO
G1
G2
G3
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
HIGH
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
GO
G1
G2
G3
HO
H1
H2
H3
H4
IO
JO
UP(SLOW)
DOWN(SLOW)
UP(FAST)
DOWN(FAST)
BASS UP
BASS DOWN
TREBLE UP
TREBLE DOWN
SLEEP MODE SLEEP
MUTE
MUTE OFF
MUTE ON
VIDEO MUTE VIDEO MUTE
ATT
ATT
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
NIGHT
NIGHT ON/OFF
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TABLE 6-c0ntinued
TABLE 3
Request Status Command (Status Command) List
Command
DISPLAY
OFF
05D
MENU
Priority Character
Sample
DISP
LOW
J1
“@lSUgOXOD
05D
MENU (OK)
LOW
HIGH
12
J3
MENU OFF
HIGH
J4
é?riaisaw
Request
Request
Status
Command
AnsWer
Character
Video IN
“@17B’30X0D
DSS
TV
BO
B1
B2
LD
I2
B3
CURSOL RIGHT
LEFT
HIGH
J7
J8
AUX1
B6
VR VAL
RDS DISP MODE
RDS PTY
v RESET
LOW
LOW
LOW
J9
JA
JB
DVD'R
NON
B7
B‘
RESET
RE-EQ
RE-EQ
LOW
JC
DSS
TV
c0
C1
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
.ID
.IE
.IF
.IG
JH
.II
LD
DVD
VCR-1
VCR-Z/DVD-R
AUX1
AUX;
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
LOW
1K
RDS
Audio IN
CH SELECT CH SEL
CH LEVEL CH LEVEL UP
CH LEVEL DOWN
SELECT
SELECT
ENTER
ENTER
UP/DOWN UP>>
DOWN<<
“@17030X0D
DVD-R (Not usable)
cs
CD
TAPE
C9
CA
[0068]
TABLE 4
Special Command List
Command
Priority Character
Sample
“@1LO”,OXOD
MULTI
MULTI ROOM OFF
MULTI ROOM ON
LOW
LOW
LO
L1
MUTE (MULTI)
MULTI ROOM MUTE
LOW
L2
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
MO
M1
M2
M3
MULTI SLEEP
—
NO
MULTI
MULTI
MULTI
MULTI
LOW
LOW
LOW
LOW
N1
N2
N3
N4
VOLUME (MULTI) MULTI
MULTI
MULTI
MULTI
SLEEP MODE
VOLUME
VOLUME
VOLUME
VOLUME
UP(SLOW)
DOWN(SLOW)
UP(FAST)
DOWN(FAST)
(MULTI)
MULTI SPEAKER
MULTI INPUT
SPEAKER ON
SPEAKER OFF
INPUT ON
INPUT OFF
[0069]
TABLE 6-c0ntinued
TABLE 5
Request Status Command Status Command List
Command
CONNECTION
Priority
Character
Sample
ON
HIGH
PO
_
OFF
HIGH
P1
—
Request
Request
Status
Command
[0070]
6
Request Status Command Status Command List
Input
Mode
“@1'.7D”,OXOD
Request
Request
Status
Command
AnsWer
Character
Power
Status
“@NA” OXOD
’
Power ON
A0
(“@1AO”,OXOD)
Tuner
“@1'.7E”,OXOD
Frequency
PoWer OFF
NON
A1
A
Tuner
“@1?F”,OXOD
AnsWer
Character
CD-R
FM
AM
CB
CC
CD
MW
CE
LW
CF
Mch INPUT
CG
TUNER
CH
NON
C
DIGIAL
ANALOGUE
DO
D1
NON
D.
XXXX (76.0—108.0)FM
(153—1602)AM
EOXXXX
NON
E‘
PXX(Preset1~50)
FOXX
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TABLE 6-c0ntinued
Request Status Command (Status Command) List
Request Status Command (Status Command) List
Request
Request
Status
Command
AnsWer
Character
Request
Request
FGO
G1
G_
Status
Command
AnsWer
Character
“@1?G”,OXOD
NON
AUTO STEREO
MONO
NON
NON
J
VOLUME “@1'.7H”,OXOD
VOL XXXdB(-90~+99)
HOXXX
ATI‘
“@17K”,OXOD
ATI‘ ON
KO
Status
maX
H1
min (00)
H2
ATI‘ OFF
K1
NON
H-
NON
K
Preset
Tuner
mode
Bass
“@1?I”,OXOD
Status
Treble
“@1‘JJ”,OXOD
BASSXXdB(-9~+9)
IOXX
NON
I
TREBLEXXdB(-9~+9)
JOXX
Status
[0071]
TABLE 7
Request Status
Request Command
SURROUND
“@1?L”,OXOD
AUTO
LO (“@1LO”,OXOD)
L1
L2
L3
L4
L5
L6
L7
L8
L9
LA
LB
LC
LD
LE
LF
LG
LH
LI
LJ
LK
LL
LM
LN
L
“@1?M”,OXOD
THX 5.1
THX SURR EX
THX CINEMA
THX MUSIC
DTS MUSIC
DTS CINEMA
DTS ES
NEO 6
NEO 6 MUSIC
D DIGITAL
DD PRO LOGIC
DD PRO LOGIC II MOVIE
DD PRO LOGIC II MUSIC
CS CINEMA
CS MUSIC
VIRTUAL
S DIRECT
MOVIE
HALL
MATRIX
Mch-STEREO
STEREO
MONO
NON
SLEEP OFF
SLEEP XXX(1~120)
M1XXX
NON
M
MODE
SLEEP Status
DISP Status
OSD Status
“@1?N”,OXOD
“@1?O”,OXOD
TEST TONE
“@1‘JP”,OXOD
TEST TONE
MODE
“@1?Q”,OXOD
NIGHI‘ MODE “@1‘JR”,OXOD
AnsWer Sample
MO
DISPLAY ON
NO
DISPLAY OFF
NON
N1
N
OSD ON
O0
OSD OFF
NON
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
TEST TONE
NON
O1
0
P1
P2
P3
P4
P5
P6
P7
P8
P9
PO
P
L
C
R
SR
SBR
SBL
SL
SW
ALL
OFF
TEST TONE AUTO
TEST TONE MANUAL
NON
NIGHT MODE ON
NIGHT MODE OFF
NON
Q0
Q1
Q
R0
R1
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Request Status Request Command
MENU
Answer Sample
“@1'.7S”,OXOD
MENU ON
SO
MENU OFF
NON
S1
S
[0072]
TABLE 10-c0ntinued
TABLE 8
Request Status
Request Command
F-DIRECT
“@1'.7T”,OXOD
P-FORMAT
“@1?U”,0X0D
SAMPLING
FREQ
“@1?V”,OXOD
Fs
EIChannel Status
Request
AnsWer Sample
“@1?W”,OXOD
Request Status
Command
Video IN(MR)
“@NY’ZOXOD
Answer Sample
F-DIRECT ON
TO
D55
Y0
F-DIRECT OFF
T1
TV
Y1
D DIGITAL(AC-3)
U0
DVD
Y3
DD SURROUND
DD SURR EX
DTS
DTS ES
AAC
U1
U2
U3
U4
U5
VCRl
VCRZ/DVD-R
AUX1
DVD-R
NON
Y4
Y5
Y6
Y7
Y
MPEG
U6
MLP
PCM
U7
U8
Audio IN(MR)
“@1?Z”,0X0D
D55
20
TV
LD
Z1
Z2
:2?
5i
OTHER
UB
VCR1
Z4
13
NONLDETEcTrON
NON
UC
U
XSEi/DVD'R)
i2
32K
44.1K
v0
v1
AUXZ
CD
Z7
Z9
48K
88.2K
96K
176.4K
192K
OUT OF RANGE
NON
v2
v3
v4
V5
V6
V7
V-
TAPE
CD-R
MD
FM
AM
MW
LW
ZA
ZB
ZC
ZD
ZE
ZF
ZG
XX(Bit 6-01: on 0: off)
NON
WXX
W‘
TUNER
NON
ZH
Z
XXXX(76.0—108.0)
aOXXXX
Tuner Frequency
“@1?a”,OXOD
(MR)
FM (153-1602) AM
[0073]
TABLE 9
“ON/OFF” information is indicated “Bit” by ‘Bit’.
Bit
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
O
|1|LFE|S|S|S|L|R|C||L|ICIIRI
7;
6:
NOT USED
LFE
1
1
1
O
5;
SL
1
0
4:
3:
2:
SR
S
L
1
1
1
O
O
O
1:
R
1
0
0:
C
1
O
|E|
El
III
III
[0074]
TABLE 10-c0ntinued
TABLE 10
Request Status
Request
Command
Multi Room
“@1X?”,0X0D
Status
Request
AnsWer Sample
PoWer ON
X0
Request Status
Command
Tuner Preset
“@17b”,OXOD
(MR)
OFF
X1
VOLUME
NON
X.
Status(MR)
“@170’30X0D
AnsWer Sample
NON
a
PXX(PreS@t1~50,255)
bOXX
NON
b
VOL XXX(—90~+99)
cOXXX
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Wherein the media play processor requests the media
receiver to play the selected media unit according to the
play mode selection.
TABLE 10-continued
Request
Request Status
Volume Set
Command
“@17d”,OxOD
Status (MR)
SLEEP
Status(MR)
“@1?e”,OxOD
MULTI OSD
Answer Sample
max
c1
min (00)
c2
NON
c
Variable
d0
Fixed
NON
d1
d
e0
SLEEP OFF
SLEEP XXX(1~120)
elXXX
“@1?f",OxOD
NON
MULTI OSD ON
MULTI OSD OFF
e
f0
f1
MULTI
SPEAKER
“@1?g”,OxOD
MUTE (MR)
“@1?h”,OxOD
NON
MULTI SPEAKER ON
MULTI SPEAKER OFF
NON
MUTE ON (MR)
MUTE OFF (MR)
f
g0
g1
g
hO
h1
NON
h
3. The apparatus of claim 2, Wherein the at least one of the
one or more characteristics is a characteristic selected from
the group consisting of: title, song, genre, location, label,
artist, media type, and date.
4. The apparatus of claim 2, Wherein the play mode
selection is for a play mode selected from the group con
sisting of: rock arena, jaZZ club, classic concert, mono
movie, matrix, S-channel stereo, 7-channel stereo, stereo,
pure direct, direct, super stadium, Wide screen, cinema,
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Digital Theater System,
and THX.
5. The apparatus of claim 2, Wherein the play mode
selection de?nes one or more media receiver settings
selected from the group of consisting of: tone settings,
equalization settings, noise reduction settings, level adjust
ment settings, balance settings, and delay time settings, and
bass settings.
6. The apparatus of claim 2, further comprising:
[0075] 4. Conclusion
[0076] While certain features of the invention have been
illustrated and described herein, many modi?cations, sub
stitutions, changes and equivalents Will noW occur to those
skilled in the art. It is, therefore, to be understood that the
appended claims are intended to cover all such modi?cations
and changes as fall Within the true spirit of the invention.
a user interface for providing a con?guration process for
querying a user to choose the play mode selection to be
requested by the media play processor When a charac
teristic of the selected media unit matches the at least
one of the one or more characteristics,
Wherein the at least one of the one or more characteristics
is a characteristic selected from the group consisting of:
title, song, genre, location, label, artist, media type, and
date.
What is claimed is:
1. An apparatus for controlling a media receiver, the
7. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
apparatus comprising:
a user interface for providing a con?guration process for
a media player interface comprising a plurality of receiver
connections, each operable to communicate With the
media receiver;
tion for each of the plurality of media types.
8. The apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the media type of the
selected media unit is a media type selected from the group
a media database comprising a plurality of media unit
records each identifying one of a plurality of media
units by one or more characteristics, Wherein a ?rst
characteristic of each media unit record identi?es one
media type of a plurality of media types;
a play selection system to
querying a user to select a respective receiver connec
retrieve a media unit record
from the media database for a selected media unit, (ii)
determine a media type of the selected media unit from
the media unit record, and (iii) communicate, to a
media play processor, a receiver connection selection
for the selected media unit based on the media type of
the selected media unit; and
the media play processor to
con?gure the media
receiver, and (ii) couple the selected media unit to a
selected receiver connection, according to the receiver
connection selection.
2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
a play mode record stored in the media database,
consisting of: motion picture experts group—audio layer 3
(MP3), compact disc (CD), digital versatile disc audio
(DVD-audio), DVD-movie, super audio CD (SACD), pulse
code modulation (PCM), free lossless audio codec (FLAC),
advanced audio coding (AAC), and Waveform audio format
(WAV).
9. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
a media receiver type record stored in the media database,
Wherein the media receiver type record identi?es the
media receiver, and Wherein the receiver connection
selection is further based on the media receiver type
record.
10. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
a media type con?guration record stored in the media
database, Wherein the play selection system retrieves
the media type con?guration record to determine the
receiver connection selection.
11. The apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the media type of
the selected media unit consists of a type selected from the
retrieves the play
group consisting of: compressed media, uncompressed
mode record for the selected media unit from the media
media, and a combination of compressed and uncompressed
database, (ii) determines a play mode selection for the
media.
12. The apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the media type of
the selected media unit consists of a type selected from the
Wherein the play selection system
selected media unit based on at least one of the one or
more characteristics and the play mode record, and (iii)
communicates the play mode selection to the media
play processor,
group consisting of encrypted media and unencrypted
media.
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13. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the selected
receiver connections are connections selected from the
group consisting of: digital connections and analog connec
tions.
14. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising:
a user interface for choosing the selected media unit.
15. An apparatus for controlling a media receiver, the
apparatus comprising:
retrieving a media unit record for a media unit selected to
be played by a receiver coupled to a media player
interface, Wherein the media unit record identi?es a
media type for the media unit;
retrieving a media type con?guration record, Wherein the
media type con?guration record identi?es one of a
a media player interface comprising a plurality of receiver
connections, each operable to communicate With the
media receiver;
a media database comprising
19. A method for controlling a receiver, the method
comprising:
plurality of receiver connections corresponding to the
media type; and
requesting the receiver to use the one of a plurality of
a play mode record, and
(ii) a plurality of media unit records each identifying
one of a plurality of media units by one or more
characteristics,
receiver connections to receive the media unit for play
by the receiver.
20. The method of claim 19, further comprising:
retrieving a play mode record, Wherein the play mode
Wherein a ?rst characteristic of each media unit record
identi?es a characteristic selected from the group con
sisting of: title, song, genre, location, label, artist,
record identi?es one of a plurality of play modes
corresponding to one of a plurality of characteristics
identi?ed in the media unit record, and
media type, and date, and
Wherein the play mode record identi?es one of a plurality
of play modes corresponding to the ?rst characteristic;
a play selection system to retrieve the play mode record
from the media database, (ii) retrieve a media unit
record from the media database for a selected media
unit, (ii) determine the ?rst characteristic of the selected
media unit from the media unit record, and (iii) com
requesting the receiver to play the media unit according to
the one of a plurality of play modes.
21. The method of claim 20, further comprising:
querying a user to select one of the plurality of play modes
to correspond to one of the plurality of characteristics.
22. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
municate, to a media play processor, a play mode
selection for the selected media unit based on at least
continuing to query the user to select the play modes until
each of the plurality of characteristics available corre
sponds to a selected play mode.
the ?rst characteristic and the play mode record; and
23. The method of claim 22, further comprising:
the media play processor to request the media receiver to
play the selected media unit according to the play mode
selection.
16. The apparatus of claim 15, further comprising:
Wherein the media unit record further identi?es a media
type of the selected media unit,
Wherein the play selection system further
retrieves a
media type con?guration record stored in the media
database, (ii) determines the media type of the selected
media unit from the media unit record, (iii) determines
displaying the query on a display terminal; and
storing the selected play modes corresponding to the
plurality of characteristics in the play mode record.
24. The method of claim 20, Wherein the one of a plurality
of play modes is a mode selected from the group consisting
of: rock arena, jaZZ club, classic concert, mono movie,
matriX, S-channel stereo, 7-channel stereo, stereo, pure
direct, direct, super stadium, Wide screen, cinema, Dolby
Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Digital Theater System, and THX.
25. The method of claim 20, Wherein each of the plurality
a receiver connection selection based on the media type
of play modes de?nes one or more receiver settings selected
and the media type con?guration record, and (iv)
from the group of consisting of: tone settings, equaliZation
communicates, to the media play processor, the
receiver connection selection, and
Wherein the media play processor
requests the media
receiver to use a media receiver connection correspond
ing to the receiver connection selection, and (ii)
couples the selected media unit to one of the plurality
of receiver connections according to the receiver con
nection selection.
settings, noise reduction settings, level adjustment settings,
balance settings, and delay time settings, and bass settings.
26. The method of claim 19, further comprising:
querying a user to select one of the plurality of receiver
connections to correspond to one of a plurality of media
types,
17. The apparatus of claim 16, Wherein the media receiver
connection corresponding to the receiver connection selec
Wherein the plurality of media types includes the media
type for the media unit.
27. The method of claim 26, further comprising:
tion comprises a connection selected from the group con
continuing to query the user to select the receiver con
sisting of a digital connection, and an analog connection.
18. The apparatus of claim 16, further comprising:
nections until each media type of the plurality of media
types corresponds to a selected receiver connection.
28. The method of claim 27, further comprising:
a media receiver type record stored in the media database,
Wherein the media receiver type record identi?es the
media receiver, and Wherein the receiver connection
selection is further based on the media receiver type
record.
displaying the query on a display terminal; and
storing the selected receiver connections corresponding to
the media types in the media type con?guration record.
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29. The method of claim 19, wherein the retrieving a
media unit record step occurs in response to loading a disc
into a disc player.
30. The method of claim 19, Wherein the retrieving a
media unit record step occurs in response to receiving a
stream of data from a data storage device.
31. A media management system comprising:
a plurality of media source input/output (I/O) ports
coupled to a plurality of media sources;
a user interface coupled to at least one user interface
device, the user interface operable to receive at least
one media play instruction from a user;
a media player interface comprising a plurality of receiver
connections, each communicatively coupled to a media
a plurality of receiver connections identi?ed in the
media type con?guration record;
a play selection system for
retrieving a media unit
record for a selected media unit to be played by the
media receiver, the media type con?guration record,
the play mode record, and the media receiver type
record, (ii) determining a play mode for the selected
media unit from the media unit record and the play
mode record, (iii) determining a receiver connection
selection based on the media type, the media type
con?guration record, and the media receiver type
record, and (iv) communicating, to a media player
processor, the receiver connection selection and the
play mode for the selected media unit; and
receiver;
a media database comprising
of a plurality of play modes identi?ed in the play mode
record, and (b) a media type that corresponds to one of
a plurality of media unit
records, (ii) a media type con?guration record, (iii) a
play mode record, and (iv) a media receiver type record
that identi?es the media receiver, Wherein each of the
media unit records identi?es (a) one of a plurality of
media units by a characteristic that corresponds to one
the media play processor to
con?gure the media
receiver, and (ii) couple the selected media unit to a
selected receiver connection, according to the receiver
connection selection.