How To Remotely Control a Receiver in the Basement?

How To Remotely Control a Receiver in the Basement?

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 23, 2011

Q - I have a receiver in my basement which powers a couple zones. I use the iPhone's Remote app to control music and volume in each zone. The problem, however, is controlling the receiver. What do people usually do? Just leave the thing on 24/7? Isn't this a power hog? I understand I can set up some IR relays and use the receiver's remote to turn the thing on and off, but I'm against having another remote around. Any ideas?

A - Hi Brett,

Sounds like you're hitting multiple issues here. Let's break it up into two parts: remote control and power consumption.

First, it seems like you've got the source control taken care of using the iPhone Remote app. Good. As for remote control of the receiver, there are a few manufacturers out there that are allowing WiFi control of their A/V equipment such as Yamaha and Sony.

However, we haven't really seen any options for controlling older receivers remotely, especially ones with limited IR (or even no IR) support. If there is IR support, a universal remote add-on to your iPhone may be the way to go.

As for controlling that vampire power-sucking receiver, we usually set ours to run on a $5 timer that automatically turns off at night and then on during "normal house operating hours." There are pricier remote options out there for those who want to control powered outlets with their iPhone, but that really depends on how much you wish to spend.

The Belkin Bluetooth Audio Receiver ($49.99) is a good alternative to buying an Apple Airport Express to use Airplay.

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