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AVC-A1XV control via network

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by bever66, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. bever66

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    Hi,

    Somebody knows how to control the AVC-A1XV via the network connection? From DENON.FR I downloaded the protocol specification but what next?
    Thanks for any help.

    Willem
     
  2. Eddy Boy

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    The specification is designed for AMX or Crestron not PC.
    However if you open up Hyper Terminal on your PC and set it to the IP address of the amp, change the function or volume on the amp itself and you should have text come up in the Hyper Terminal window.
     
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    Well, Denon introduced a firmware upgrade on the CEDIA 2005, which will not only allow you to fully control the A1XV via the PC but only stream music directly from the PC or a media streamer as well as listen to internet radio. However, it won't be a free upgrade. It should be available in October, in the US they will charge $200, which means in the UK probably £200...
     
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    Eddy Boy,
    The protocol specification does not seem very special to me, it describes how to send commands and receive results via TCP/IP port 23 (TELNET), this should be possible with any PC.
    However I tried a telnet tool and receiving is no problem (all changes of volume, inputs etc. are displayed) but sending commands works only after many retries, maybe this is a timing problem or the firmware is not fine at this point.
     
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    No its designed for use with AMX or Crestron, thats the upgrade MPK is on about to allow you to alter the settings with your PC.
    From what I know AMX or Crestron can work with PC routers using port 23.

    From what i know the way the data is sent, the packets, it won't work.
     
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    Well with Hyperterminal it works perfectly, although you must type the commands quickly otherwise the AVC rejects it. But if you type quickly all the commands work. I expect the upgrade will give us a nice user interface and possibly more commands (?)
     
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    Apparently, the entire setup will be web based, meaning you can even control it remotely (maybe useful for support?). There will be no need for a streamer inbetween as the A1XV will be able to directly access music files on the PC via Windows Media Player and you can even control this via remote control. Also, the Escient Fireball media server will work (sister company of Denon).

    Here a Denon US press release:

    "Firmware Updates and More Interoperability for Two Denon A/V Receivers
    Denon is providing a key firmware upgrade that will benefit all current owners of the company’s popular award-winning AVR-5805 and AVR-4806 A/V receivers. Customers will be able to purchase the upgrades and install it themselves via the built-in RS232 or Ethernet ports on their Denon components. The upgrade will permit audio streaming from either an Escient FireBall or a Windows Media Player equipped PC. Once connected, the Denon receivers will have complete ‘Command and Control’ over either the FireBall or PC, via the on-screen display and Denon remote control. Users can even connect both an Escient FireBall system and a PC at the same time, with individual control functions. Additional features and functionality included in the firmware upgrade will be Internet radio access and control, as well as a web browser interface. At CEDIA, Denon will demonstrate the upgrade and its lifestyle benefits in the AVR-5805 receiver. More details about the upgrades will be available on the Denon website (www.usa.denon.com) in late-September."

    No doubt we will get the update in the UK sometime in 2007...
     

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