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We're building a new house and I'm debating how to handle playing music from a Russound setup in a room that has speakers for theater setup.
I want to do it in a way that doesn't require intervention. As in, when I turn on the zone from the Uno keypad I don't want to also have to go over and turn on the AVR and change it's source. Same thing when using the AVR, I'd prefer to avoid having to go back over to the Russound and turn the zone off if the AVR needs the speakers.
Otherwise I'd just have two sets of speakers and that starts making the ceiling look ugly.
Now, I guess I could do something like keep an iTach at the AVR (which is in-room with the theater gear). Then have something monitoring the Russound CAV66 to determine if/when the zone in the room is powered up. Then send a signal to the AVR to have it switch the input to that of the Russound zone. And also pick up on volume changes from the Uno to the zone and likewise send them to the AVR.
But I'd prefer to be able to do something passive with just the audio signal. Perhaps by routing the audio from both the Russound and the AVR into an automatic switch and have that handle switching. Would this be less trouble? Would anyone have a recommendation on such a switch?