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Zone control

Main zone

The controls in the Main Zone tab give you the possibility to turn on and off the power, control the muting state, adjust the volume level and to select the source for the main zone of the receiver. Since the main zone is also the zone where a surround speaker setup is typically connected, listening modes etc. for the connected surround speakers. Furthermore it is also possible to control the radio.

The available controls of the control screen depend of the state off the receiver. If for example the receiver is turned off, it will not be possible to control the muting state or to adjust the volume level, and these controls will be grayed out and/or show the text N/A (Not Available). This is also the case if communication between the PC and the receiver could not be established.

Source control
The source controls available depends of how OnkyoControl is configured. As default all source controls are displayed with their original names. However for clarity you may wish to remove some of the source controls, if they are not available in your setup. Also you may wish to rename some of the sources so that the text of the source control reflects the sources you have connected in your setup. For further information, see section Source Settings.

Radio control
If the FM and the AM sources have not been disabled in the Source Settings menu, the radio control will be shown in the bottom of the tab screen. This gives you the possibility to control the radio in the main zone. However since there is only one physically tuner in the receiver, controlling the radio in the main zone, will also affect the radio source in zone 2 and 3. The radio control has 4 control buttons (Tune up and Tune down, for tuning the frequency of the radio up and down, and Preset up and Preset down, for stepping up and down between the pre-stored stations). Also it has the Preset pull down menu, which gives the possibility to directly select one of the 40 pre-stored stations. In the Preset Settings menu it is possible to assign names to the pre-stored stations, so that it is easier to find your preferred station.

The settings section to the right of the tab screen is only displayed in the main zone tab. The Listening mode drop down menu gives you the possibility to select between the various surround modes of the receiver. Depending of the actually selected source type, not all modes are available at all times. The Audio select drop down menu makes it possible to select which input to use, if more than one input is available for a connected source. With the HDMI out drop down menu, you can select which video output to use on the receiver (Analogue, HDMI Main or HDMI Sub if available). In the HDMI resolution drop down menu, it is possible to select the HDMI resolution of the HDMI output. Finally the Late night mode drop down menu lets you control the Late night listening mode of the receiver and Re-Eq button below lets you turn on and off the Re-Eq function. Depending of your receiver model and your connected sources, not all of these functions will be available. For more information about this, please consult your Onkyo manual.

Zone 2 and 3

The Zone 2 and the Zone 3 tab screens are similar to the Main zone tab screen, except that it the Settings section is not shown. Any controls performed in the Zone 2 or Zone 3 tab screens, will affect the respective zone only, except for controls performed on the radio, since the radio is shared between the 3 zones. Like for the Main zone, it is possible to individually setup which source controls are available for Zone 2 and 3 by using the Source Settings menu. The use of Zone 2 and 3 requires that your receiver model support the zone functionality, and that the zones are configured correctly in the receiver menu. For more information about this, please consult your Onkyo manual.

In the Menu control tab, it is possible to enter the menu of the receiver and navigate in the menu using the arrow keys and the select key, similar to using the remote control. This allows you to enter the menu and make the necessary settings, without using the remote control. However since OnkyoControl does not get any feedback from the receiver of which menu is actually displayed, it is recommended that you only use this function, if you physically can see the display of the receiver or see the video output of the receiver. Otherwise you may risk making unintended changes to the receiver configuration.

Source control

The Source control tab allows you to control the sources connected to your receiver. Of course this requires that the connected sources are connected via RI link, and that they are compatible with the receiver. To use this function, select the source you want to control in the drop down menu, and use the displayed buttons for controlling the source. This function gives you the possibility to turn on and off the sources, start or stop play or recording, to select track, disc, station, etc. Note that not all functions are available for all types of connected sources.

Tray icon

Depending of the configuration of OnkyoControl, one or two tray icons can be shown in the system tray. These tray icons give fast access to the most common functions of the receiver, and can be accessed, even when the OnkyoControl main window is not shown on the screen. The tray icons lets you adjust the volume and select sources of the default selected zone. For more information about setting up the default zone and configuring the tray icons, see section Properties

Traditional tray icon

If you have selected the traditional tray icon, you can adjust the volume of the receiver by clicking the tray icon once with the left mouse key. This will display the volume adjust menu, and you can now adjust the volume of the receiver up or down as desired. After adjusting the volume, simply press the left mouse key in an area outside the volume adjust menu, and the volume adjust menu will disappear again.

Volume adjust tray icon

If you have selected the volume tray icon, two icons will be shown at the same time in the system tray. To increase the volume of the receiver, simply press the volume up icon, and to decrease the volume, press the volume down icon. Holding down the left mouse button on one of the two volume tray icons will continuously increase or decrease the volume level of the receiver, until the mouse button is released again.

Notify menu

Clicking the tray icon once with the right mouse key, will display the notify menu. From this menu it is possible to turn on or off the receiver, controlling the muting function, controlling the radio and to select sources. The menu also shows which state the receiver is actually in, and which source is selected. Like for the Zone controls in the main window, it is also possible to control which sources should be shown in the notify menu. For more information about this, see section Source Settings. The notify menu is available no matter if you use the traditional tray icon or the volume control tray icon.


Source settings

The source settings menu allows you to customize the connected sources of your receiver. For example if you have only connected 3 sources to your receiver, it may be convenient for you that the source controls you never use are not displayed in the Source selection. To remove these sources, simply uncheck the sources in the 3 zones and/or the tray menu as desired. Also it may be useful for you to give the sources more relevant names than the default names. If you for example have a PS3 connected to the GAME/TV input and the soundcard of your computer connected to the AUX1 input, you may rename these sources, so that they will be displayed as PS3 and PC in the source selection in the zone tab screens and the notify menu.

Preset settings

If you have stored a number of radio stations in the radio presets of the receiver, you might want to give these stations a custom name, so that you can easily find your favorite stations. This can easily be done in the preset settings menu. The names of the radio stations will be shown in the preset drop down menu in the radio section of the zone tab screens.


The properties menu lets you customize how OnkyoControl should behave. If you check Start with windows, OnkyoControl will automatically be loaded when Windows is started. If you check Show tray icon, the OnkyoControl icon will always be displayed in the system tray, and the Hide to tray control will be enabled, so that you can hide OnkyoControl in the system tray for easy access. If you check Start minimized, OnkyoControl will only be displayed in the tray icon, when it is started. This function can be useful, if you choose to start OnkyoControl automatically when Windows is started. If you have checked Show tray icon, you will also have the possibillity to choose between the traditional tray icon, where a single click on the tray icon will display the volume control, or the volume control tray icons, where two tray icons will be displayed (one for increasing the volume and one for decreasing the volume). In the default zone drop down menu, you can specify which zone tab screen should be displayed, when OnkyoControl is started. The controls of the tray icon (the volume control and the controls in the notify menu) will also apply to the selected default zone.

Communication settings

In the communication settings menu, it is possible to specify how OnkyoControl should connect to the receiver. It is possible to use either a serial cable or to use an Ethernet connection. If you use the serial connection, you must use a one-to-one serial cable directly between the receiver and the PC running OnkyoControl. You must then specify which com port of the computer the cable is connected to, and which baudrate to use. Default baudrate is 9600 baud, and it should not be necessary to change this. If you use an Ethernet connection, the receiver and the PC running OnkyoControl must be on the same subnet. You must then specify the IP address of the receiver and the port of the receiver to connect to. Default port is 60000, and it should not be necessary to change this.