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Looking for a AV receiver with wifi

by pubeditions / July 26, 2009 6:42 PM PDT

I?ve a computer with wireless internet and I?ve a wireless network setup at home. All my media is stored at my computer hard drives (internal and external).
In the living room I?ve a HD tv, a Xbox (which I use mainly for blueray movies and seldom some games).
I want to setup a home theater system but want to have access wireless to all the media in the computer.
Now I had been doing it with the psp3 but the system still not very stable.
I thought on buying a Denon AV Receiver (it?s the only one with WIFI I saw until now) so I could connect the psp3 to it, and all the other media (like cd player, dvd player, etc?) and from the Denon connect it to the TV thru HDMI cable? being this the only connection to the tv.
This way I could have access to all the media wireless in the computer and play it in the TV thru the Denon receiver.
Also, with the Denon receiver I would be able to play (stream or from the dvd/psp3) music without having the tv on.
So the Denon would work like the main hub between the pc (streaming wirelessly), the psp3 (for games and blueray media), the dvd/cd player and the TV. Being all controlled at the receiver. With the advantage of being able to listen to music/sound without having the tv on.

The problem is? I really don?t like Denon? had some bad experiences before with the brand and the investment is too big for something I really don?t like.
So I would like to find another solution to solve this.
I been looking but seems no other brand of hifi offer this kind of receivers? Many offer AV receivers but none with wifi access, which is essential to access my wireless network at home.
Another requisite I need is to have just 1 remote to do that? apart from the tv remote? universal remotes often do the trick?but I better avoid it and use a AV receiver with remote?so will be just 2 remotes (AV receiver and TV)

The point is? I just want 1 box and 1 tv in the living room? and 1 remote to each? all the other stuff would be in different rooms? and the psp3 will be tucked in a drawer to use when necessary only? want to keep the space free of cables and accessories?

Anyone has any ideas? specially if can show it in graphic for better understanding?


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I'm with you
by gimbroni / September 7, 2009 6:06 PM PDT

I'm trying to do something similar too. I want to stream music from my PC to my AV receiver wirelessly, preferably wi-fi (or even bluetooth if necessary). The reason is that I have the iPhone app Apple Remote (great!) that controls my itunes over the wi-fi network. I just need to get the PC to talk to my receiver to get the full experience. I wish I had the answer for you.

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I believe wifi and ethernet enabled receivers
by minimalist / September 7, 2009 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm with you

are going to be on the high end (like plus 1000 dollars). You might be better just hooking up your receiver to a hundred dollar Apple Airport Express plugged into the wall behind it (or another media extender if you are not in the iTunes ecosystem).

This is what I do and it works great. iTunes is on my main computer and always running. I control it from my iPhone via the free remote app (works on the touch as well). It streams wirelessly to the Apple TV in the living room and then via HDMI to my Onkyo receiver (The Apple TV is really just a airport express that does video and also has a hard drive). I have several other zones around the house that accept streams via Airport Expresses connected to powered speakers. Everything stays in synch and can be controlled from the iPod/iPhone (volume, scrub bar, star rating, playlists, turning zones on and off, etc). Its sort of a poor mans Sonos.

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(NT) Why not use the 360 as a media extender?
by minimalist / September 8, 2009 2:48 AM PDT
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you can do it very easy
by nory911 / March 3, 2010 11:32 PM PST
In reply to: I'm with you

i purchased an airport express from apple , i put an aux wire from the airport to the av receiver and i play music from my computer controlled with remote from my iphone .

the av receiver is in my living room and the computer is in my basement.

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by bearvp / September 8, 2009 12:46 AM PDT

One option is to get a HP/Linksys/etc. media hub that can connect to your receiver and allow wireless streaming from your PC. I think you have to have Windows Vista or 7 (when it comes out) because most of those nice media hubs work with Windows Media Center. That would be a less expensive option than getting a receiver with wireless streaming.

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SOny Strdn1030
by 1979joe / January 20, 2014 5:59 AM PST

Try this Sony receiver you will love this one trust me.

Also if you are looking for a one touch remote go with the harmony 1100 remote. You will not be disappointed.

Sony STRDN1030 Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver - Sony. This is on sale at Amazon for used $240.00 plus taxes.

Good luck.

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