Originally Posted by looter
I find iControlAV (version 3.1.0) to be pretty flakey and think has been abandon. It'll work for a while then I'll exit the app to use another app like DIRECTV then go back to iControlAV and suddenly it can't find my 1020. Looks like it has not updated in almost 2 years.
On top of being flaky, the features are limited. Ok you can turn your receiver off. But not on. Volume works well, I guess it's the main use for iControlAV. You can switch sources too, and surround modes if I remember. But I think the actual remote is even better for that. You cannot send any content through the app. Worse, while you can open a browser to configure the net radio presets, you cannot do that in the app, which would have been helpful.
On top of those limited features, you get the ability to change the balance of your speaker volumes, adjust dialog enhancement, and bass eq, ... by tilting the phone of all things. What a gimmick...
I have a pet project -- will probably never be complete, but we never know. I'm trying to use the network spec to build a server software that will reside on my HTPC. This server will present a web interface to the LAN, and control the receiver through the network. The goal would then be to present an interface that is actually useful and available on many platforms. One thing I'd like is to see at a glance what is the status of the receiver (source, surround mode currently active, phase correction, sound retriever, etc.). Changing the surround mode to "extended stereo" with the receiver remote, for example, or enabling/disabling sound retriever, is really tiresome. I think it's possible to do it directly using the network protocol. Heck, using the network you can set the volume to a predetermined level, so it would be possible to create macros such as "switch source to net radio; set volume to -40dB", which would take care of volume disparities between various sources.
Not sure if iControlAV2 on the 1021 is much more helpful.
In comparison, I now have an HTPC running XBMC, and the various remote control apps for that are much more useful: you can adjust content, playlist, volume, etc.