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Control of 3-4 zones with only AVR and in-wall pad

Wondering if you know of any company (Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer, etc etc) that makes an in-wall keypad (tablet) that will control their AVR??

What I want to do, instead of buying a set up like a MCA-66, is to control 3 zones in my home with just the AVR and an add on tablet type interface, preferably in-wall so it stays put.

1st zone will be in the theater, game room, gathering area. This will be the main hang out (finished basement) and will have house all the main equipment, audio and video.
2nd zone would be an upstairs living space with a TV in the living room and in ceiling/wall speakers throughout the kitchen/dining/living room
3rd zone is strictly audio for outside deck/yard

3 zones are simple enough to control with most any good AVR, but I'd like something in a central location (the upstairs living room) for control of all three zones instead of having to run downstair to switch things. I figure a tablet type keyboard would be visually easier to use for some other family members.

Any ideas? Am I making this more difficult that it should be?
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Well, three zones could be easy with an AVR and some iPod / iPad / Android devices wall-mounted (there are some nice "permanent" mounts available).

iOS (and I believe Android has a similar function) has a Single App / Kiosk mode (iOS has this under the Accessibility settings as 'Guided Access'), which locks the device into one app for simplicity. So you could just use the native AVR app locked-in.

Same could be done with Sonos / NuVo streaming units - mount the tablet and lock the app.

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Well, three zones could be easy with an AVR and some iPod / iPad / Android devices wall-mounted (there are some nice "permanent" mounts available).

iOS (and I believe Android has a similar function) has a Single App / Kiosk mode (iOS has this under the Accessibility settings as 'Guided Access'), which locks the device into one app for simplicity. So you could just use the native AVR app locked-in.

Same could be done with Sonos / NuVo streaming units - mount the tablet and lock the app.

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That's exactly what I wanted to do. I didn't want to have to purchase a whole new set up. I didn't know if Pioneer/Denon/Yamaha/Marantz or any of the others had a type of application that could do something like that. I only will need a few zones so I didn't feel like I needed something elaborate. Most AVRs handle that just fine. If it's that simple, that's exactly what I'd like to do. I'll look more into iPad apps etc etc
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I'd recommend a Yamaha Aventage AVR & their A/V Controller app.
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I'd recommend a Yamaha Aventage AVR & their A/V Controller app.
I have a Yammy now and love it. I'll check out their new stuff.

I'm a tad worried after thinking about this, that it may not be as easy as I'm making it out to be. Reason being, my second zone now can control two speakers whereas what I want to do with my second zone in the future is control maybe a total of 5-7 in ceiling/wall speakers in the living space. First main zone would be the home theater/Entertainment space. The Third zone controlling 2 speakers is fine.

It's a while down the road before I do this, but I'm trying to do all the research and iron everything out before I make the move.
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I'm a tad worried after thinking about this, that it may not be as easy as I'm making it out to be. Reason being, my second zone now can control two speakers whereas what I want to do with my second zone in the future is control maybe a total of 5-7 in ceiling/wall speakers in the living space.
Well, first, make that an even number of speakers...

As long as those speakers are in the same "zone" such that they'd be controlled together, you can do it. You will need a speaker selector for handling impedance-matching (and perhaps relative volume level adjustments). And you might want to use a larger external amp for that zone as the AVR's channels will be driven probably more than you'd like them to. But that's no big deal, as most AVRs with three-zone support require an external amp for Zone3 anyway. So make your 2-speaker zone "zone2", and the 'large' zone into Zone3 with the external amp.


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Well, first, make that an even number of speakers...

As long as those speakers are in the same "zone" such that they'd be controlled together, you can do it. You will need a speaker selector for handling impedance-matching (and perhaps relative volume level adjustments). And you might want to use a larger external amp for that zone as the AVR's channels will be driven probably more than you'd like them to. But that's no big deal, as most AVRs with three-zone support require an external amp for Zone3 anyway. So make your 2-speaker zone "zone2", and the 'large' zone into Zone3 with the external amp.


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That makes perfect sense!
Thanks, Jeff!
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