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Question For anyone using the Yamaha, Denon, or Marantz Android app, would love some feedback

Purchasing a new receiver soon, most likely Yamama, Denon, or Marantz (something in the $400 - $600 range). If you are using the Android app, would like to know if it is possible (and how easy it is) to turn on/off the "night mode" (whatever the receiver calls it) to enhance dialogue and compress the dynamic range of sounds.

The reviews for the Denon and Marantz apps on the Google Play store are abysmal, while the Yamaha app seems to be fairly well reviewed. I downloaded all 3 of them and from just playing around in Demo mode the Yamama app seems much better at first glance.

Background - last few years have been using a Sonos Playbar/Sub and one of the features I loved was being able to turn on the night mode and speech enhancement mode using my phone. My wife can be an absent minded TV watcher and if it's late and the baby is asleep I like being able to adjust the sound without nagging her (and without her even knowing that I'm doing it most of the time).

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"Night mode" equates to turning the volume down. Done.

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For anyone using the Yamaha, Denon, or Marantz Android app, would love some feedback

If you mean activating the adaptive volume adjustment, it’s easy in the Yamaha app.

I’m very pleased with the Yamaha AV Controller app over all. I’ve used some by Panasonic and Samsung and they were clumsy (and also removed support for 2 year old equipment without explanation). The Yamaha app continues to get updates and refinements, and supports my 2012 or so AVR. As mobile apps for consumer electronics devices go, I’d give this one A+++.

There may be shortfalls to the AVR you choose, but the app isn’t one of them. Also works elegantly on phone, tablet, Android, iOS.

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Using the Denon AVR Remote Android app, you can turn Audyssey Dynamic Volume ON/OFF on the fly with 4 button clicks or you can set up a Quick Select button for a specific source with it ON and then another Quick Select with it OFF and make the selection with just 1 button click as the Quick Selects are on the main app page.
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Thanks ChromeJob and jdsmoothie, appreciate the info. I'm leaning towards the TSR-7810 due to the price and ability to pick it up locally at Costco.
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Purchasing a new receiver soon, most likely Yamama, Denon, or Marantz (something in the $400 - $600 range). If you are using the Android app, would like to know if it is possible (and how easy it is) to turn on/off the "night mode" (whatever the receiver calls it) to enhance dialogue and compress the dynamic range of sounds.

The reviews for the Denon and Marantz apps on the Google Play store are abysmal, while the Yamaha app seems to be fairly well reviewed. I downloaded all 3 of them and from just playing around in Demo mode the Yamama app seems much better at first glance.

Background - last few years have been using a Sonos Playbar/Sub and one of the features I loved was being able to turn on the night mode and speech enhancement mode using my phone. My wife can be an absent minded TV watcher and if it's late and the baby is asleep I like being able to adjust the sound without nagging her (and without her even knowing that I'm doing it most of the time).

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Thanks ChromeJob and jdsmoothie, appreciate the info. I'm leaning towards the TSR-7810 due to the price and ability to pick it up locally at Costco.
Buying at Costco is a good bet, you can get a price adjustment if they reduce the price in 30 days, Square Trade extended warranty may be available, etc.

Dunno about the other brands, but a firmware update for the 7810 provides Dolby Vision support.

Note that Costco is also carrying the TSR-5830, aka RX-v583 for a bit less, if you don't need the pre-outs. (There are other small differences.)

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If you feel like it... you can create a scene on a Yamaha receiver where you can setup one of the 'scene' options to include the applicable night mode.
Simply go into the app and hit the right scene... and bingo, bango - away you go.
Higher end receivers offer 12 configurable Scenes, super handy (I use them to run certain audio / visual delays for different inputs when I use my Harmony remote - super easy).
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If you mean activating the adaptive volume adjustment, it’s easy in the Yamaha app.

I’m very pleased with the Yamaha AV Controller app over all. I’ve used some by Panasonic and Samsung and they were clumsy (and also removed support for 2 year old equipment without explanation). The Yamaha app continues to get updates and refinements, and supports my 2012 or so AVR. As mobile apps for consumer electronics devices go, I’d give this one A+++.

There may be shortfalls to the AVR you choose, but the app isn’t one of them. Also works elegantly on phone, tablet, Android, iOS.

Yes, I also like the Yamaha A/V Controller App I use with my RX-A3030. Everything is there, and easy to operate. When using my Ipad I like the "volume" control...it pops up on screen as a circle about the size of a fifty cent piece...spin your finger clockwise to increase volume.

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If you mean activating the adaptive volume adjustment, it’s easy in the Yamaha app.

I’m very pleased with the Yamaha AV Controller app over all. I’ve used some by Panasonic and Samsung and they were clumsy (and also removed support for 2 year old equipment without explanation). The Yamaha app continues to get updates and refinements, and supports my 2012 or so AVR. As mobile apps for consumer electronics devices go, I’d give this one A+++.

There may be shortfalls to the AVR you choose, but the app isn’t one of them. Also works elegantly on phone, tablet, Android, iOS.
I second this. Yamaha obviously took deep care while developing their app.

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I neglected to point out, anything the remote has that the AV Controller app doesn't have a shortcut to, there is a "remote control" simulation mode that lets you simply press buttons as if you have the remote handy (though you can do this from another room, anywhere on your local area network). Some poor apps just reproduce the remote as clickable image on the screen, Yamaha gives you a sensible mobile/tablet interface first, then you can fall back on a remote "simulation" for a few less-used commands.

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If you feel like it... you can create a scene on a Yamaha receiver where you can setup one of the 'scene' options to include the applicable night mode.
Simply go into the app and hit the right scene... and bingo, bango - away you go.
Higher end receivers offer 12 configurable Scenes, super handy (I use them to run certain audio / visual delays for different inputs when I use my Harmony remote - super easy).
I am looking at getting the a1070. what do u mean by 'scene'?
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I am looking at getting the a1070. what do u mean by 'scene'?
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Yamaha AVRs have customizable "Scene" buttons that you program with the input, DSP/sound processing, etc, so that you press that one button and system powers on to the input and settings you saved. If you have HDMI-CEC enabled, the AVR will turn on the TV and associated component connected via HDMI to the AVR (e.g. BD player, Apple TV).

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Yamaha AVRs have customizable "Scene" buttons that you program with the input, DSP/sound processing, etc, so that you press that one button and system powers on to the input and settings you saved. If you have HDMI-CEC enabled, the AVR will turn on the TV and associated component connected via HDMI to the AVR (e.g. BD player, Apple TV).
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guess that was probably self evident
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Thumbs down Marantz web & apps are terrible

Sorry for the late response, but for the benefit of others...

If a good web interface and functioning apps for your iPhone/Android phone are important, then think twice before buying Marantz. I have a Marantz SR7008 and the user experience could not be worse. I've tried 3rd party apps too. Simply terrible.
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Sorry for the late response, but for the benefit of others...

If a good web interface and functioning apps for your iPhone/Android phone are important, then think twice before buying Marantz. I have a Marantz SR7008 and the user experience could not be worse. I've tried 3rd party apps too. Simply terrible.
You have a 5 year old AVR that uses an outdated Remote app. The current app which works with 2016 and newer models is much improved.
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You have a 5 year old AVR that uses an outdated Remote app. The current app was released in 2016 and is much improved.
I’m using a RX-v775, surely an older amp, but the current Yamaha AV Controller app is backward compat with it even today.

Compare with.... I was disappointed when Samsung removed my TV from the list of supported devices in their mobile app only 3 years after I bought it. Who upgrades their TV every few years?

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I’m using a RX-v775, surely an older amp, but the current Yamaha AV Controller app is backward compat with it even today.

Compare with.... I was disappointed when Samsung removed my TV from the list of supported devices in their mobile app only 3 years after I bought it. Who upgrades their TV every few years?
My post was specifically addressing the 2016 Marantz Remote app (which is not backwards compatible) ... nothing to do with the Yamaha AV Controller app.
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You have a 5 year old AVR that uses an outdated Remote app. The current app which works with 2016 and newer models is much improved.
I don't know about "Much improved" but at least it is current and supported. some things definitely work better, such as NAS support. Overall it is ok. Gets the job done. It is a great convenience and I would miss it if it was gone.

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My post was specifically addressing the 2016 Marantz Remote app (which is not backwards compatible) ... nothing to do with the Yamaha AV Controller app.
And MY POST was contrasting an avr manufacturer who was supporting older models in a currently available app with others who discard support for models only a few years after release. >

I believe that was consistent with OP’s inquiry.

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And MY POST was contrasting an avr manufacturer who was supporting older models in a currently available app with others who discard support for models only a few years after release. >

I believe that was consistent with OP’s inquiry.
Ah ... to avoid confusion, better to not have quoted my post then as you were simply providing new information from a different brand.
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