Yamaha Embraces iPhone Control for Networked Receivers 
Home Theater News Remotes-System Control News
Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 07 December 2009

So you’ve got a nice Yamaha receiver with some solid networking capabilities.  It sounds great, it can do everything you need it to do, and you’re ready to show it off.  You invite some people over, have some dinner and then sit down in front of your impressive home theater only to find that you’ve lost the remote to your receiver.

Okay, it’s not a likely scenario by any means, and you’ve almost certainly got a nice universal remote anyway.  Still, if you’ve got an iPhone, Yamaha’s got a new way for you to control your receiver’s most basic functions. To get this all going, you’ll need to grab the application from iTunes and then set it up to access your receiver on your home network.  As long as your iPhone is on the same network as the receiver, the app will identify and list any compatible receivers on the network and run through a quick setup.

Depending on the receiver you’re using, you’ll be able to control as many as four separate zones, though only limited controls are available.  The iPhone app is currently limited to selecting inputs, adjusting volume, muting audio and turning the receivers on and off.  On the plus side, since it uses networked control you don’t need to be within line of sight, or even in the same room to issue commands.

The Yamaha controller app works with the RX-27, RX-V3900, and RX-V2065 models, and is a free download on iTunes.

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