CEDIA 2010: Hands-on With Sony AV Receiver Remote App

During CEDIA 2010, Sony showed off its innovative multi-room (aka zone) remote control app that is available for iPhone (and iPad) called AV Receiver Remote. The app basically allows you to operate your Sony receiver and/or components connected to your Sony receiver (such as a Blu-ray player). The software is pretty amazing for its first version, and allows you to do many things. We were impressed with the ability to select zones and set custom backgrounds for them, and power control so you can turn on lights in the desired room.

The app also allows you to select the input for the receiver, and also play specific music, photos and videos on your TV. Rhapsody, Shoutcast, FM, AM and Sirius options are also available that allow you to tune into your favorite feed. There are even macros you can program so your usual routine becomes extremely simple (e.g. theater, party, going away settings).

I soon realized that this app, especially on an iPad, is an incredible all-in-one remote control. Not only odes it control media, but it can also do lights. While AV Receiver Remote cant rival more expensive custom solutions, the fact that the app is free is a great play by Sony. You can download the app on the iTunes store and actually play around with it in demo mode.

The AV Receiver Remote app, in its first version, is pretty amazing. However, we would like to see Sony update the app to support the retina display on the iPhone 4. We also were a little disappointed that the app, on the iPad, had to be scaled to size using the built-in app zoom.

Here are some various pictures of the app in action. If you can’t see the pictures when they pop up because the video is blocking them, just scroll down past the video then click on the image again.

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23-Sep-2010 12:05, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 70.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800

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23-Sep-2010 12:07, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500

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23-Sep-2010 12:07, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 55.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500

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23-Sep-2010 12:08, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 250

 
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23-Sep-2010 12:08, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 250

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23-Sep-2010 12:08, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 45.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 640

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23-Sep-2010 12:09, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 45.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800

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23-Sep-2010 12:09, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 35.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 640

 
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23-Sep-2010 12:10, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 40.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 500

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23-Sep-2010 12:10, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 40.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800

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23-Sep-2010 12:12, SONY DSLR-A850, 2.8, 45.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800

 

The following Sony receivers are compatible with this application:

  • STR-DA5600ES
  • STR-DA4600ES
  • STR-DA3600ES
  • STR-DN2010
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  • http://www.facebook.com/JayIsOK Jay Etheridge

    It would be nice if Sony would support their own phones with this application

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  • http://www.sonyaibo.net/ Shanie

    Exactly what Jay said – why on earth don’t they support their own products as well is beyond me – Sony loyalists get screwed over. It’s like they’re saying “go buy a iPhone/iPad rather than our XPERIA if you want extra Sony connectivity” :/ Hope they do decide to make this on X10 as well. :(

    • http://www.sonyinsider.com/ Sony Insider

      I am almost certain I heard rumblings of an Android version coming relatively soon.

      • Leo Aguillon

        Any more rumblings?

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    Not only odes it control media, but it can also do lights.

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  • SonyGP

    It should be nice that the ES6400 (Best?) receiver would have been included here. ANy idea why not?

  • John Brydle

    Heh Sony how about supporting your previous networked Receivers, the STR DA 6400es and STR DA 5500es Receivers with an Apple App. This is a really hot feature which allows easy operation in a dark theatre room with an iPad. I am using this to operate the BluRay BDP S570, works really well. Two Thumbs UP!

  • Schibi

    HI
    Nice app but up to now it is not working with my STR-DA3600ES, what i’m doing wrong?

    • Lyjo

      Same problem – european version…

  • Mixr3x

    Not working with str-dn2010

  • Terry Moj

    not working with my STR-DA5600ES

    poor by Sony……

  • Doll

    NOT working with str-dn2010. SONY is it so hard to fix this app??????

  • Dabolina

    This App is not released in Europe, and i thought just downloading the app from US AppStore would work, but it does not. Tried on STR-DA2010 and it does not work with my European model. When googling this issue i find other European users experiencing the same thing, so dont expect it to work in Europe unless something gets updated.