Originally Posted by oktoberrust11
I don't have room for the I8GCP keypads, only the single-gang E6GCP keypads. I see the E6GCP are compatible with the Concerto, however all of the "package" deals I see online only come bundled with the double-gang ones, and the savings going with the bundles seem to be pretty good. Any Concerto + single-gang keypad deals out there?
None that I'm aware of - you should contact some local dealers to see if they can help you out. May be cheaper to buy an Essentia kit and sell the base unit on eBay (keeping 6 keypads) than buying all eight keypads individually.
- For sources, Sirius/XM will be the main listening source. I was going to use the T2SIR, an iPod dock, and probably a cable box. Question here is, is it necessary to use the T2SIR to get the artist info/controls at the keypads? Or can you use a 3rd party?
Must use the NuVo sources to get metadata on the keypads.
- I haven't used the Apple/Android app before; what is required to make this work? Wi-fi in the house?
Wifi, certainly. But more importantly, the app is actually controlling the Music Port server (MPS4 or MPS4E), which in turn controls the Concerto system. If you want mobile device support, you have buy one of the MusicPort servers.
Now, you're probably better off doing that anyway, as you get the Internet services and digital library, so you may not need the iPod dock, and the MPS4 has Sirius/XM streaming support, which gets you more channels than the sat tuner, too. So you could skip the T2SIR, too. The MPS4 has four outputs, I don't know if you can have multiple Sirius streams simultaneously - but certainly can use other Internet sources (Pandora and Internet Radio) at the same time.
- I can't grasp my head around how the main Living Room speakers will work with the TV in that room + WHA system. Do I just run the analog outs of the cable box as a source to the Concerto, and then the digital out to a separate 5.1/7.1 receiver for that room? All of the equipment will be in the same area.
You can easily run analog audio from any device to the Concerto to make it a source on the WHA system. And since you have an AVR in that room, use one of the unpowered zones (#7 / #8) for the Living Room - taking the analog line out from the Concerto to a source input on your AVR. That allows you to use the AVR's power and speakers, but still have that room participate in the WHA system.
Hope that helps,