Is there a way to get the unit into standby mode from the receiver front without using the remote?
I don't know of any way, other than doing a "hard off" by pressing the power button. This will not take you to stand by initially...you must press the power button again...this will take you to stand by. So, press the gree power button twice and you will be in stand by. A warning though...if you are going to use this method, or any other method to power down for that matter, turn the volume all the way down before switching the unit off.