While shopping for a new receiver, I could have made my search even easier had I started by looking at the iOS apps which work with the different brands. As luck would have it, the best AV Receiver App is oRemote for Onkyo, which just so happens to work perfectly with my my recently reviewed HT-RC360. More specifically, it's about to pending the next release of oRemote -- more on that later.
The oRemote App lets you control every facet of the new networked Onkyo receivers over your local WiFi. The two-way communication provides plenty of feedback on the iOS screen so you know exactly what you're doing without having to look at the receiver or a TV screen (perfect for browsing through local playlists or Pandora stations while sipping a beer in the backyard).
Onkyo provides their own iOS app, but it's not nearly as functional (nor as pretty as oRemote). oRemote supports Zone 2 controls which is ideal for my aforementioned backyard beer sipping music listening sessions, and the oRemote app is optimized for both iPhone and iPad making full use of the iPad's extra screen real estate.
When I initially installed the oRemote app, it wasn't compatible with my specific receiver (I installed it despite the warnings that my particular model was not on the "supported" list), but whenI contacted the developer, he was quick to reply with updates and mentioned an updated version was on its way. He was also kind enough to include me in the beta test so I could test it with my hardware. The developer seems very pro-active and responsive to the user base, and I consider that another huge advantage for this app.
Onkyo would be wise to promote and market this app over their own (or perhaps even contract out the developer directly) because the oRemote provides a huge value add to their product lineup.
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