This morning, Google announced that users can now ask a Google Assistant built-in device (such as Google Home or Google Assistant app) to control music across Denon, Marantz and HEOS products. The program, which is called “Works with Google Assistant,” ensures that Denon and Marantz products with HEOS built-in marks the first time in the industry where all three major voice engines, including Google, Siri and Alexa, are supported. These products also support Josh.AI, a voice-controlled home automation system designed for integrators.
The following Denon, Marantz and HEOS devices are compatible and associated with this news:
Denon and Marantz AVRs
Denon AVR-X4300H, Denon AVR-X6300H, Denon AVR-X8500H, Denon AVR-X6400H, Denon AVR-X4400H, Denon AVR-X3400H, Denon AVR-X2400H, Denon AVR-X1400H, Denon AVR-X1500H, Denon AVR-X2500H, Denon AVR-X3500H, Denon AVR-X4500H, Denon AVR-X6500H, Denon AVR-S730H, Denon AVR-S930H, Denon AVR-S640H, Denon AVR-S740H, Denon AVR-S940H
Marantz NR1508, Marantz NR1608, Marantz SR5012, Marantz SR6012, Marantz SR7011, Marantz SR7012, Marantz AV8805, Marantz AV7704, Marantz AV7703, Marantz SR8012, Marantz NR1509, Marantz NR1609, Marantz SR5013, Marantz SR6013, Marantz SR7013, Marantz AV7705
Denon & Marantz Hi-Fi Components:
Denon DNP-800NE, Denon CEOL N10
Marantz ND8006, Marantz NA6006
HEOS 1/3/5/7 HS2, HEOS Home Cinema HS2, HEOS Bar, HEOS Amp/Link HS2, HEOS Drive HS2, HEOS Superlink, HEOS AVR
Google says that “Works with Google” will continuously improve its features moving on into 2019, but presently at its launch, once music playback is initiated via the HEOS app or compatible music player, users can ask Google Assistant to control compatible Denon, Marantz and HEOS products. Examples of volume-based commands include “Hey Google, volume 25 in the kitchen”, “Hey Google, volume up in the living room” and “Hey Google, unmute the HEOS 7”. Meanwhile, transport-related controls might sound like these: “Hey Google, next track in Tom’s speaker” or “Hey Google, pause the living room AVR”.
By early 2019, “Works with Google” capabilities will include asking Google to play music (station, album or song) from music services currently supported in HEOS (but not Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play Music), power on/off, input switching and ‘implicit targeting’ (control without the need to specify a device’s name).