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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-27-2017, 06:41 AM
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Posted By jautor
Just be aware that *if* you're trying to use the...

Just be aware that *if* you're trying to use the "TV audio" to supplement the video, mixing streaming with broadcast signals is usually not possible - because the stream will be seconds behind the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-26-2017, 01:37 PM
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Posted By jautor
Yep, you got it! The only real downside to the...

Yep, you got it! The only real downside to the "all Chromecast" setup is that you are limited by whatever you can get to the Chromecast. So simple analog sources like an FM tuner or TV / set-top...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-26-2017, 12:08 PM
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Posted By jautor
Correct. Essentially you're building a WHA...

Correct. Essentially you're building a WHA system controller out of an array of Chromecast/Sonos sources. The amp is just a passive, external amp to that 'bundle'.



Correct. The 1:1 of...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-26-2017, 11:27 AM
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Posted By jautor
Note that the Dayton is an amplifier, while the...

Note that the Dayton is an amplifier, while the Monoprice unit discussed in that thread is a WHA controller/system/amp. Very different things. If you're going down the Chromecast path, you probably...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-25-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By jautor
This depends on the desired quality of the...

This depends on the desired quality of the video-based audio, which will also depend on the use cases. But several ways to do this:

1) TV speakers + WHA speakers (no sharing)
2) TV + soundbar +...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-25-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 70
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Posted By jautor
I'll provide a counter-experience, I built my...

I'll provide a counter-experience, I built my house in 2009 and wired for 10+ zones... I use my WHA system practically every day.


Jeff
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-25-2017, 07:04 AM
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Posted By jautor
Wall-mounted controls have a lot of benefits -...

Wall-mounted controls have a lot of benefits - wire for them. Control from mobile devices is great for many times, but the better control answer is "both". And having the information display...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-24-2017, 12:53 PM
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Posted By jautor
Note that the Dayton 1240, like many...

Note that the Dayton 1240, like many multi-channel amps, is a 12 CHANNEL amp - you need 2 channels per zone, so this is really a "6 zone" amp. This is a typical configuration, and so if you've got...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-24-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 120
Posted By jautor
I haven't used it personally, but the...

I haven't used it personally, but the SpeakerCraft SL-One can be had for <$60 street. It's solely a signal-sense auto switch, no 12V trigger operation.

[/quote]but honestly if the TV is a foot...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-24-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 246
Posted By jautor
I will reiterate that the $15 automatic door jamb...

I will reiterate that the $15 automatic door jamb switch avoid all this complexity... But if y'all want really want technology to do the job, absolutely can be done. Sorry to the OP for derailing a...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-24-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By jautor
For the $100+ you'll spend on automating a closet...

For the $100+ you'll spend on automating a closet light, you can pay for a decade of a LED bulb left on 24x7... :D
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-24-2017, 06:46 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By jautor
But if you can catch this during construction,...

But if you can catch this during construction, you skip all the automation cost and complexity by using a door jamb light switch.
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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-22-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By jautor
You can do audio return over cat5e/6 using a...

You can do audio return over cat5e/6 using a balun for that purpose. I've got several of the MuxLab units which run about $30-50 street for a pair. They have a very handy "Quad Audio Balun" which...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-21-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 120
Posted By jautor
Because it's the worst place to put them for TV...

Because it's the worst place to put them for TV audio (and not good for music, either). Bookshelf, freestanding or in-wall (around the TV) are all better choices. In-ceiling is fine for the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-21-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 120
Posted By jautor
Welcome to the Forum. Do some reading here on...

Welcome to the Forum. Do some reading here on any of the WHA threads and you'll find answers for all the basic questions...



Don't let them put the front three speakers in the ceiling...

...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-21-2017, 01:14 PM
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Posted By jautor
If you're looking for a way to trim - this is one...

If you're looking for a way to trim - this is one to skip...

It's trivially simple to run wires down 5 feet in the same stud bay, unless this is in an insulated wall, then it's mildly annoying. ...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-17-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 125
Posted By jautor
No, you DEFINITELY should have... :eek: ...

No, you DEFINITELY should have... :eek:



Sure there is - it just involves a hammer and some mess to clean up... :D



What's the setup of all those in-ceiling speakers? Are they supposed...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-13-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 156
Posted By jautor
That is exactly what I would do... Give...

That is exactly what I would do...

Give your main zones their independence, "secondary" zones share a source and may have to deal with some fiddling of volume controls to adjust or turn off...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-13-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 156
Posted By jautor
I would stick with the Dayton or other passive...

I would stick with the Dayton or other passive 12-channel amp instead of a WHA controller in this case. The reason is that if and when you expand your system eventually to a 1:1...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,119
Posted By jautor
AE == Airport Express. They still make...

AE == Airport Express.

They still make them, but any of the older models will be more than sufficient for your purpose, so if you can pick up a used one for $35 instead of buying a new $99 one,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 07:26 PM
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Posted By jautor
Apple Airport Express and any inexpensive...

Apple Airport Express and any inexpensive 2-channel amp and the speakers of your choice. The older model AEs are cheap and readily available on eBay...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 148
Posted By jautor
You can wall mount a small rack, or just use a...

You can wall mount a small rack, or just use a few wall-mount shelves for the modern WHA gear... Don't give up on that!



Having in-ceiling speakers is much easier to get decent placement for...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 156
Posted By jautor
Well, kinda... But done carefully, you can start...

Well, kinda... But done carefully, you can start small (with some limitations) and expand over time as budget/usage dictates - without wasting any money.



If you go with a few Sonos Connect...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 156
Posted By jautor
Well, most WHA systems have some way to control...

Well, most WHA systems have some way to control via mobile app these days - but those may be 3rd-party apps which mean you don't get an integrated (or simple to use) setup. Any of the "zone...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-12-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 53
Posted By jautor
Nope, several folks here, including myself, do...

Nope, several folks here, including myself, do this, too. You just need an automatic speaker selector, like the Speakercraft SL-One. Put the surround/AVR on the default zone (to avoid the switching...
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