Originally Posted by BillKolector
I guess I should have posted purpose
That always helps...
Its more for playing music from an Apple TV or off the streaming music station from the cable box/Smart TV applications - TV audio would be a rarely used but my Dad would like to connected.
How will they control volume, and turn the amp(s) on/off if they don't want to use it for TV audio "most of the time"?
If it's for playing music from Internet sources, highly recommend you look into a single Sonos Connect:Amp and let them keep the systems separate. The Sonos does have an analog input so if you connect the TV to it, it would be an option to play over the in-ceiling speakers.
There are inexpensive DACs to get back to analog RCA jacks - Monoprice has one.
With regards to the source gear - the cable box and the apple TV are small enough to stick behind the TV (attached to the mount)
You sure about that? Newer TVs and most mounts are awfully thin - but I wouldn't recommend locking them into a solution that requires any / all connected gear to fit behind the TV. If there is enough room, you'll need a remote control repeater to get reliable IR to those units tucked behind.
Im trying to make this as simple as possible for them to use as they are not audiophiles in the slightest. Newer TV's only have TOSLINK/optical audio outs and the T-amps i have been looking at are standard Analog inputs
Sonos Connect:Amp for music - easiest interface to use by far. Keeps the TV multiple input / app mess out of the music equation altogether...