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HEOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT SKILL VOICE COMMANDS FOR ALEXA
Below are examples of what you can say to Alexa to control your HEOS-enabled device:
|Play a song from a service||Alexa, play (song) from (service)|
|Ex: Alexa, play Don’t Stop Believing from iHeartRadio|
|Play an artist from a service||Alexa, play (artist) from (service)|
|Ex: Alexa, play John Lennon from Pandora|
|Play a playlist from a service||Alexa, play (playlist) from (service)|
|Ex: Alexa, play 90’s Jams from iHeartRadio|
|Choose a room/HEOS group to stream in||Alexa, play (audio) from (service) in (room/group)|
|Ex: Alexa, play Queen from Pandora in the living room|
|Volume up||Alexa,volume up on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Volume down||Alexa, volume down on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Mute||Alexa, mute (HEOS Room Name)|
|Unmute||Alexa, unmute (HEOS Room Name)|
|Set specific volume||Alexa, set volume to (number) on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Increase volume by specific number amount||Alexa, increase volume by (number) on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Decrease volume by specific number amount||Alexa, decrease volume by (number) on (HEOS Room Name)|
COMMON REMOTE CONTROL COMMANDS
|Play||Alexa, play (HEOS Room Name)|
|Pause||Alexa, pause (HEOS Room Name)|
|Stop||Alexa, stop (HEOS Room Name)|
|Next||Alexa, next (HEOS Room Name)|
|Previous||Alexa, previous (HEOS Room Name)|
ADDITIONAL COMMANDS FOR AV RECEIVERS AND SOUND BARS
|Power on*||Alexa, turn on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Power off*||Alexa, turn off (HEOS Room Name)|
|Switch input to DVD player*||Alexa, switch input to DVD on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Switch input to Blu-ray player*||Alexa, switch input to Blu-ray on (HEOS Room Name)|
|Switch ito specific HDMI input (ranges 1-4)**||Alexa, switch input to HDMI (number) on (HEOS Room Name)|
|*command only works with HEOS-enabled Denon and Marantz AV Receivers|
|**command only works with HEOS Bar and HEOS AVR|
ASK ALEXA TO STREAM SPECIFIC AUDIO CONTENT TO YOUR HEOS-ENABLED DEVICES
"Alexa, play the Beatles from iHeartRadio in the kitchen."
"Alexa, play 'In the Air Tonight' from Pandora in the bedroom."
"Alexa, play NPR from iHeartRadio in the living room."
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill and what does it do?
The HEOS Home Entertainment skill incorporates important Amazon Alexa features related to voice technology, which now works with many HEOS-enabled devices.
HEOS and Amazon Alexa customers can enjoy the convenience of Alexa voice control plus high-quality home audio.
In addition to controlling your HEOS-enabled devices with the HEOS app on your mobile device or tablet, you can now control them with Amazon Alexa voice technology and an Amazon Alexa device (Echo, Dot, etc.). Use the Home Entertainment skill to control all of your home entertainment with your voice.
For a comprehensive list of Alexa-friendly commands, click here.
How do I enable the HEOS Home Entertainment skill?
Do the following to enable the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill:
1. Download the HEOS app, create your account, and follow setup instructions for your HEOS-enabled device(s). You can skip this step if you have already set up your HEOS-enabled device.
Tip: choose an easy-to-say name like Living Room or Kitchen for each HEOS-enabled device. For a comprehensive list of Alexa-friendly names, click here.
2. Download the Alexa app and sign up with your amazon account. Next, set up your Amazon Alexa device on the same Wi-Fi network as your HEOS-enabled device. You can skip this step if you have already set up your Amazon Alexa device.
3. From the Alexa app, choose “Skills” and add HEOS Home Entertainment to enable the skill. Once enabled, you can discover your HEOS-enabled device(s) in one of two ways:
• Go to Smart Home in the Alexa app menu, and choose Devices and Discover
• Or say “Alexa, discover my devices.”
What HEOS-enabled devices support the HEOS Home Entertainment skill?
The following HEOS-enabled devices support the HEOS Home Entertainment skill:
• Denon AVR-X4300H
• Denon AVR-X6300H
• Denon AVR-S730H
• Denon AVR-S930H
• Denon AVR-X1400H
• Denon AVR-X2400H
• Denon AVR-X3400H
• Denon AVR-X4400H
• Denon AVR-X6400H
• Marantz SR7011
• Marantz AV7703
• Marantz NR1508
• Marantz NR1608
• Marantz SR5012
• Marantz SR6012
• Marantz SR7012
NOTE: *Alexa works with all HEOS-enabled devices. The functionality differs between HS1 (first-generation) and HS2 products. Click here to learn more.
Click here for information on how to distinguish between HEOS first generation (HS1) and current HEOS generation (HS2) products.
The Current version of HEOS HomeCinema is not compatible with the HEOS Home Entertainment skill.
• Marantz AV7704
• Marantz SR8012 (Winter 2017 release)
• HEOS AVR
• HEOS 1 HS2
• HEOS 3 HS2
• HEOS 5 HS2
• HEOS 7 HS2
• HEOS Bar
• HEOS Super Link
• HEOS Amp HS2
• HEOS Link HS2
• HEOS Drive HS2
What are Alexa-friendly names for my HEOS-enabled device?
Please use the following Alexa-friendly names for your HEOS-enabled devices:
• Dining Room
• Family Room
NOTE: If you already have other smart-home devices with those names, you can use almost any unique sounding words for your HEOS device name. For example, try changing the name to "Living Room TV", “Bedroom 1”, etc in the HEOS app. It’s important to ask Alexa to rescan your devices by saying "Alexa, discover my devices." so she discovers the new device name.
What Alexa voice commands support the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill?
HEOS keeps getting better and better with new updates. With HEOS Home Entertainment skill, you can use voice commands to search for songs, albums and artists — and even podcasts and internet radio stations. For a list of current Alexa voice commands supported by the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill, click here.
Ask Alexa to stream specific audio content to your HEOS-enabled devices. The HEOS Home Entertainment skill currently supports the following services:
• Amazon Prime Music
• Amazon Music Unlimited
• iHeart Radio
• Spotify (coming soon)
• SiriusXM (coming soon)
Here are some examples of what you can say:
• “Alexa, play Shape of You by Ed Sheeran on kitchen”
• “Alexa, play The Beatles from iHeartRadio on kitchen”
· Alexa, play “In the Air Tonight” from Pandora on bedroom
· Alexa, play Planet Money podcast on living room
Can I use custom names for my HEOS-enabled devices and control them with Alexa?
If you already have other smart-home devices with those names, you can use almost any unique sounding words for your HEOS device name. For example, try changing the name to "Living Room TV," “Bedroom 1,” etc in the HEOS app. It’s important to ask Alexa to rescan your devices by saying "Alexa, discover my devices." so she discovers the new device name.
Does my AV receiver work with Alexa?
Yes, there are compatible HEOS-enabled Denon and Marantz AV receivers that work with Alexa. Please click here for more information.
How do I control a group of HEOS-enabled devices using Alexa?
Group your HEOS-enabled devices using the HEOS app and use an Alexa-friendly name. Once they are grouped, Alexa voice commands will control the group as a whole. You just need to use any individual member name of the group and Alexa will control it as a whole.
For example: Bedroom and Patio are grouped in HEOS app. If you want to control the whole group, you just need to request using individual member “Bedroom” or “Patio” (e.g. Alexa, volume up on Bedroom”), and Alexa will control it as a whole.
If you want to play audio content from only one HEOS-enabled device in the group, you must ungroup the device within the HEOS app.
Can I ask Alexa to switch input to HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. from my AV receiver?
HDMI switching by number is supported by the HEOS Bar and HEOS AVR for now.
For all other HEOS-enabled AV receivers, you may say the following:
· “Alexa, switch input to <DVD, Blu-ray, Game, etc.> on <room name>.”
Can I request Alexa to turn off my TV that is connected to AV receiver?
At this time, you must power on/off your TV separately.
Can I request Alexa to control video content (e.g. play next chapter of blu-ray/DVD, play/pause movie, etc) playing out from my Denon/Marantz AVR? )
At this time, the HEOS Home Entertainment skill only supports HEOS-enabled devices and the currently available Alexa-supported music services. The skill does not support control of devices made by other manufacturers outside of the family of HEOS-enabled brands.
When I use my Denon/Marantz AVR, Volume/Power Off commands sometimes don’t work in some of my inputs.
Please make sure you are in Main Zone of your AVR. Currently, we do not support the control of other zones with voice commands.