The only "apps' I know of to control audio is for streamers. You can have internet radio, streaming services and all of your own music that is digitized to files.
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Fuzz tone, thank you for your response. I am aware that the apps control the streaming portion of the receiver. What I was asking, albeit somewhat poorly, is for recommendations for either receivers or separates that do BOTH music 2 channel and HT well, and have an app similar to Yamaha music cast that allows turning unit on and off as well as controlling volume and streaming source from elsewhere in house. His home doesn’t have the IR receivers throughout to control the unit so a WiFi based app is critical.
+1 for the Anthem
I used it for a few months when I got the first 520 for my living room system and it worked well. However I added a second 520 for my basement system and the app doesn't distinguish well between the 2, even though you can designate different AVRs in the app, so I have stopped using it. Presumably that wouldn't be an issue if he only has 1 unit. I don't really do the Home House thing much anymore anyway.