We're getting a deck built which is about 600 sq ft. I'm in the process of planning the audio system. I will tie into the zone 2 function of my onkyo 707 in my main theater. My main theater is 7.1 so I have to use the line level pre-amp outs and use zone 2 as analog. I'm going to mainly use apple TV for the source using a DAC (optical in / RCA out). I will use a cheap 2 ch amp to drive my polk outdoor speakers.
My concerns are automation for turning on/off and volume control. I'd ideally like to just take my iphone out of my pocket on the deck, and use airplay to stream iTunes or Pandora. To do this, I believe my receiver will need to be on constantly which is not a good idea even though my onkyo has room to breathe. My amp should auto-on.
Is there a way to accomplish this without my onkyo being on constantly?
Also, what's the best way to control volume with such a setup? I live in a sometimes windy area and I could foresee there being days where I'm adjusting the volume frequently to overcome background wind noise. It would be a major PITA to run down to my basement every time to change volume.
I've never setup an outdoor system before so I'd love to get some insights as to how some of you overcame these obstacles. I'm sure it can be done...I just don't know how.
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