NRcontrol – software to control ONKYO AVR's via network

NRcontrol v0.17h

System requirements:
– Windows XP/Vista/7
– framework 3.5
Installed Fonts:
– Conman;
– Digital ReadOut;

New features:
-new list view underneath lower panel for last songs played,
-Port: some basic support for iPod via UP-A1 dock, Last songs are listed in list view too, Play button acts as well as “Pause/Play” button
-LastFM: optional checkbox for listening songs only up to 50.1% – the trigger for additions to the personal library – to shorten the time for building up a personal library
-iRadio: a cascading menu is being implemented to select directly a internet radio station (please report problems!)
Standby light dot is blinking red when command is send to the Onkyo – mirros the Onkyo behavior
Lower panel opens and closes with a decent animation
Clicking on the blue banner wraps around the receiver display brigthness
User can implement the Onkyo logo instead of the NRcontrol logo – I’m sure you’ll find out howto..

Bug fixes:
– now opens web menu w/ correct ip address /web configuration menu didn’t open
– fixed ever appearing messagebox when wrong IP address from other network device has been entered
– removal of Message boxes for upper menu structure in the iRadio Station selection menu.
– again some fixes of “dpi” issues – v0.17e
– fixed input selection of sources DVD/BD, VCR/DVR , and TV/Tape v0.17g
– fixed update of Audyssey and Music Optimizer button when input or listening mode is being changed.
– any model name should be read correctly and be displayed on the front – I hope.. v0.17h
– selection of Personal library in via context menu has been fixed to work correctly v0.17h eventually…

– added feedback in the main info panel when the radio station is being changed – mirrors the Onkyo AVR display.
– added retrieval of model name from Onkyo
– replaced default Album cover
– started implementation of full speaker layout panel – right now only “Z2” with some kind of function.. (+ little “Z4” test gimick)
– some more additions to the “Umlauttabelle” to deal with the Onkyo stupidity
– re-arranged window control buttons in the small traymenu window to gurantee accessability at all times
– improved design for “selector cross” buttons
– last status of synchronization checkbox for Zone2 volume is being remembered now in config file
– some code and GUI object’s clean up – reduced file size

Download link NRcontrol v0.17h
Conman font
Digital Readout font

A little tip: click on everything you can see and you’ll find out most fiunctionality in NRcontrol. Images, Labels, Text, a lot of it has functionality, try it..


32 responses

  1. Henk

    Hi, the new open/close behavior does not function properly with different screen dpi

    November 22, 2010 at 09:37

    • Thx a lot. Issues fixed with v0.17e. Still one “dpi” issue with the list box underneath the lower panel. Will be fixed later.

      November 22, 2010 at 21:33

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  3. Thanks. Very impressive. A few bugs but very usable.
    I cannot select BD/DVD. The button is selected, but my TX-NR808 does not change source.

    December 4, 2010 at 17:17

    • Many thx for reporting, problem fixed in v0.17g

      December 5, 2010 at 10:23

  4. Thanks ! I cannot find any PayPal donate button 🙂

    December 5, 2010 at 14:41

  5. David Andrew Seney

    keeps telling me ip address is not an onkyo device i dont understand it is the right ip. i had this program before and older version and it worked great any ideas?

    December 11, 2010 at 20:10

    • I’ve send you an email a couple of days ago. Did you get it to work?

      December 13, 2010 at 20:34

  6. Paul


    I just loaded the program. I have Integra 40.2. Most things are working. I have a few questions:

    – The NET button behavior appears incomplete. No USB option and the Server option does not appear implemented.

    – Setup and the navigation arrows don’t do anything.

    Features that would be cool:

    I would love to have a macro capability on this interface.


    December 29, 2010 at 15:11

  7. Hi,

    All i miss in this app is the ability to control the HDMI main/sub for the monitor output. To be able to change the monitor output from HDMI main to HDMI sub and back (to prevent the picture on the TV to be used if i listen to radio)

    December 30, 2010 at 09:06

  8. Jakob Friis


    I have changed my network and my Onkyo has changed ip address – how do i change it in NRcontrol ?

    Best regards

    April 7, 2011 at 17:38

  9. Darr247

    @jakob – if you click the Display ‘button’ on NRControl after it opens, on the Network tab of the resulting dialog you should be able to change the IP address.

    Otherwise, it’s also stored in an XML file named NRcontrol.config in the %userprofile%\Application Data\NRControl subdirectory, which you can edit with notepad or other plain text editors (it’s not large enough to require an XML editor, really).

    To find that location, do

    C:\>cd %userprofile%\Application Data\NRControl

    from a Command Prompt (CMD) window, or look on the Settings tab of the dialog that opens with the Display ‘button’ (if NRControl locks up because it can’t find the AVR, knowing about the Display ‘button’ doesn’t help much).

    By the way…
    I too have searched in vain for a paypal button here, gruehar. I’d be happy to donate a few euro for this to help defray your costs, without expecting premium-level support from you.

    I think if enough of us complain to Onkyo, they’ll change their mind on closing the network specification. It didn’t take HTC long to change their minds about unlocking the bootloader on their devices.

    May 28, 2011 at 15:26

  10. extreme

    this app still being updated ? , i just discovered it and am running it runs great on my onkyo TX-NR609

    is this still the latest version on the page ?

    June 16, 2011 at 04:29

    • Yes, this is still the latest version. I started some work to implement a menu for selecting Tuner stations, similar to the IRadio stations, but that isn’t finished yet. During summer I’m usually not programming. So likely I will not release a new version sometime before winter.

      June 16, 2011 at 17:59

  11. extreme

    thanks for the quick reply sorry to hear its going to be a long wait on the next version , would really love to be able to change radio stations on the tuner (radio itself not netwrk radio)

    June 17, 2011 at 03:06

  12. excentrykMarcin

    There is no “PC” button 😦 Please add this. I have onkyo 809.

    July 14, 2011 at 14:16

    • What doe sthe PC button do? I only have a 807.

      July 14, 2011 at 23:17

  13. I have the 807, too… I’ve looked at the 809 a few times, but I keep seeing open-box 5008’s for $1400 USD (about half the MSRP), so I’m… ambivalent… about upgrading. I could probably blow out my speakers just fine with the 807, anyway. 🙂

    So, the 809 has rearranged the buttons… PC is between Game and Aux. They added a USB input button on the right end. But that is still just 12 buttons, because they removed the CD solo button and combined it with the TV button (Tape is gone).

    The Aux HDMI input was moved to the front panel.

    The PC input can be fed by HDMI or VGA D-sub + optical, coax or RCA.

    Here – the PDF manual is only about 3MB:

    July 15, 2011 at 07:22

  14. excentryk

    “PC” button to change input to HDMI-PC. Just like CBL/SAT or AUX…
    Will you add this button to this soft? 🙂

    July 16, 2011 at 20:36

  15. excentrykMarcin

    “PC” button to change input to HDMI-PC. Just like CBL/SAT or AUX…
    Will you add this button to this soft?

    July 18, 2011 at 21:28

  16. excentrykMarcin

    will you add this button? 🙂 please 🙂 🙂

    July 25, 2011 at 19:52

  17. I replied on the 15th telling about the button and input changes, and included a link to the 809 manual for gruehar… but you can’t see it because it still says “your comment is awaiting moderation” (probably because of the link to the PDF manual).

    July 27, 2011 at 02:42

  18. darr247

    I replied on the 15th telling about the button and input changes, and included a link to the 809 manual for gruehar… but you can’t see it because it still says “your comment is awaiting moderation” (either because of the link to the PDF manual, or because I logged in through twitter instead of wordpress).

    July 27, 2011 at 02:45

  19. excentrykMarcin

    Please add PC button – it will be very helpfull 😉

    July 28, 2011 at 15:25

  20. darr247

    If you try all 11 of the current buttons, none of them actually select PC or USB input?

    (just curious.)

    July 29, 2011 at 06:55

  21. excentrykMarcin

    No, I can’t select PC input via nrcontrol 😦 – the TV/TAPE is not working in this soft for my onkyo 809
    net buton is also don’t show anything – but it change input to NET on my onkyo…

    July 29, 2011 at 21:49

  22. Mike

    cant for the life of me figure out what the open button is for , it shows album artist song ect..

    is it possible to play songs from my computer with this remote and stream them to the reciever ?

    December 2, 2011 at 17:32

    • The open button does the same as on a real receiver. It opens the door that covers the lower panel. NRcontrol imitates the look and the functionality of a TX-NR807 (or similar models). NRcontrol currently does not have any capability to stream music files to the Onkyo. Its on the idea list but I’m not sure when I’ll find time to implement that functionality.

      December 2, 2011 at 17:54

      • Mike

        ok so no way at all to stream music from computer to amp ?

        December 2, 2011 at 18:02

  23. You can’t stream music files with NRcontrol to the amp. But you can do it with other programs.

    December 2, 2011 at 18:24

  24. Mike

    hmmm …. ok thanks

    December 2, 2011 at 20:30

  25. Jim Preis

    NRControl has simply stopped working for me altogether. The program runs, but NRControl thinks the unit is in standby at all times; even when I’m actively using it. I’ve triple checked the IP (confirmed no IP conflicts and I can ping it and get a reply).

    I’ve no clue what changed. I’m not blaming your GREAT SW; just trying to find a way to trouble shoot.

    I had been using if for a years or so.



    November 18, 2012 at 00:11

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