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What iOS-controlled receiver should I get?
#399290 12/17/13 12:56 PM
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My Sherwood Newcastle receiver suffered an early death (switches itself to standby if the volume is set to audible levels). I'd like to replace it with a receiver I can fully control from an iPhone.

I have an Apple TV, so not sure I need a receiver with its own AirPlay capabilities, though that might be useful.

Anyone have experience with iOS-controlled receivers to share?

(I assume these use Bluetooth to communicate from iOS to receiver since most of them don't seem to come with built-in WiFi. I'd imagine that would allow control of a receiver in a closed cabinet.)

Also, any general brand recommendations would be appreciated. I want something high quality and reliable with a very straightforward user interface. I don't need a ton of power for my relatively small space nor do I need auto-equalization and the like. Really just need 3.1 at the moment but might go to 5.1 at some point.

Thanks for any advice.

Bill

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wschwartz #399310 12/17/13 05:30 PM
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I can't help, but I'm also interested in your question.

Are you sure you don't just have a stray strand of speaker wire on either the receiver side or the speaker side of your current installation?


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wschwartz #399323 12/17/13 10:44 PM
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tomtuttle, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Of course you were right about a crossed wire. I should have known since the speakers were disconnected for interior painting. Once of the connections hadn't been redone properly and both wires were touching the same terminal. The Sherwood Newcastle works great now. I was cursing it, but actually it saved itself. Thanks!

I'm still interested in advice about iOS-controlled receivers, as that's the direction I'd like to go, though with much less urgency now.

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wschwartz #399326 12/18/13 01:12 AM
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Holey Moley! I don't remember actually ever helping anyone before. So glad you found a free fix for today!


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wschwartz #399328 12/18/13 01:29 AM
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Bill,

I can’t exactly speak to the ISO integration. But, I did recently buy a new processor; a Marantz AV 8801 and I really like it a lot. The setup was the easiest of any receiver/processor I have ever owned. Also, there is a considerable amount of controls as well.


I would guess that that ISO integration would be really good as well.


Over the holidays I may see how the airplay works ect… I don’t have the receiver connected to my network at the house yet.. I may do that as well, and get back to you in a week or so.

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tomtuttle #399329 12/18/13 02:31 AM
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Yes, as Tom perceptively pointed out, past experience here has taught us that the first thing to check when a receiver shuts down is a short in the wiring. Although there are occasions where overheating has required a shutdown because of playing too long at too loud a level for the capabilities of the receiver, all too often it's imagined that there's an inherent inadequacy in the receiver, particularly if the speakers happen to carry a 4 ohm rating.


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wschwartz #399338 12/18/13 12:08 PM
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I have an Onkyo 809 that has an IOS remote control app. It's not exactly world shattering, and it does work over the network rather than bluetooth. You can get a wifi adapter for the Onks at a certain level (I think they have to have 2 usb ports or something)


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wschwartz #399348 12/18/13 06:39 PM
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Ken, does the iOS app allow you to stream network music content? How is the UI?


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wschwartz #399350 12/18/13 06:40 PM
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It does, but if Apple doesn't like that band, it removes it from your playlist.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


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wschwartz #399356 12/18/13 08:46 PM
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I don't think it does. The UI is pretty rudimentary. I think I uninstalled it...

Let me reinstall it and find out...

Last edited by Ken.C; 12/18/13 08:47 PM.

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