Say Hello to Your New AV Receiver The Advantages of Voice Commands

Technology advancement in home theater continue to impress. Where ultra high-definition television brought unprecedented detail to visuals, and 3D object-based audio delivered new levels of impact and immersion, it’s voice control that’s changing everything. And an advanced AV receiver with this functionality adds next-level convenience and fun to your home entertainment system.

What you can do with voice commands

Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa have a broad array of functions, and they keep learning more commands with each update. Many people use their smart speakers to order food, send messages, or operate home security and climate control devices. However, entertainment is one of the most enjoyable ways to take advantage of this technology.

Once your AV receiver is connected to Alexa via the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill, you can manage a wide range of features for multiple rooms by just saying the word. If you want to stream music, all you have to do is tell Alexa what artist or playlist you'd like to hear. For instance, when you need to get the adrenaline flowing to start the day, you might say, "Alexa, play Metallica from Pandora."

Voice commands also allow you to easily shift between inputs like your Blu-ray player or gaming console. There's no need to reach for the remote to handle a wide range of common commands such as play, pause or adjusting the sound level. When you want quiet, say, "Alexa, volume down in living room" or specify the precise level you prefer.

Command the best in quality audio and video

To make the most of using voice commands with your home theater system, you need an AV receiver that's also engineered to offer the best in picture and sound quality. The Marantz SR8012 is an 11.2 channel receiver that's compatible with Ultra HD televisions and leading 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The SR8012 is equipped with HEOS technology and connectivity through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Airplay, making it a powerful hub for a wireless multiroom system.

Enabling Alexa voice commands for your new AV receiver is a simple process. In the Alexa app, select "Skills" and enable HEOS Home Entertainment. Then, go to "Smart Home." Choose "Devices" and select "Discover" to make the AV receiver part of your home automation system. Or, use a voice command by saying, "Alexa, discover my devices."

With a top-of-the-line AV receiver and voice controls, you can seamlessly experience every nuance of your favorite movies and music. Take a look at the full line of receivers available from Marantz and choose the one that's ideal for your needs.