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Home Automation Drivers for Denon Heos Arrive, Starting with RTI

In time for ISE 2015, RTI’s two-way IP driver for Denon Heos wireless mulitiroom audio system is now available. followed Control4, Crestron and URC.

Denon Heos wireless audio system integrated into the RTI home automation family of controllers.
Julie Jacobson · February 3, 2015

As many have before, Denon has quietly touted its new Heos wireless multiroom audio system as a Sonos buster … same great features but an open environment for third-party home automation systems.

And now Heos and home-control partners are making strides in integration.

RTI’s new driver is now available, free of charge to dealers, allowing a single smart-home system to manage music from online and local sources, all while controlling lighting and other home-control functions in a single user interface ... and just in time for ISE 2015 next week in Amsterdam.

Heos was introduced last June by Denon Electronics, part of the D+M Group, and it has generated mostly positive buzz from dealers interested in integrating it into their smart home products.

The lineup includes three speakers, an amp and the Helos Link preamp. Most recently Denon announced support for Tidal, the European high-resolution audio streaming service.

But little has been said about drivers for the product until recently, with RTI and Control4 coming to the integration table.

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Denon itself is writing the Control4 driver, incorporating SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) into its products for plug-and-play integration.

Dealers seem to be waiting for a Crestron driver: “Waiting on Crestron driver. Crestron says talk to Denon and Denon says talk to Crestron,” says one dealer posting on the Installers’ Lounge at Remote Central.

“Paul” from D+M posted on RC January 2, 2015, that the third-party control capabilities of Heos “went live just before Christmas (3 weeks later than promised).”

He adds, “The only driver we are developing in house is C4 and we hope to submit it sometime in March. … Crestron and URC should have something we can start QA’ing in the next couple weeks.”

UPDATE: Crestron says its driver will ship in March.

A couple more notables from Paul:

“Just FYI for everyone, HEOS IP control and network hardware is completely different than any other IP/Network product D&M has produced (the board, protocol and software are 100% controlled and developed by D&M).”

“Spotify implementation for HEOS is Spotify Connect, so regardless of driver or control system you would be stuck with the Spotify app. … [But] Rhapsody, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeart, Deezer, USB, and NAS will all work within the control system.”


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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · Events · ISE · News · Control4 · Denon · HEOS · ISE · RTI · All Topics
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