We are finally constructing our outdoor pavilion which will have a TV over the fireplace. I'd like to have 4 speakers in the pavilion for the TV and to have music playing. We currently have two other outdoor zones both powered by Sonos amps so ideally I'd have this zone connected to Sonos as well. Overkill? Possibly.. but my thought was if I have a game on the TV and I'm over by the pool or in the outdoor kitchen, I can play the sound from the TV on either zone (useful when sports come back at some point?). I'm going to use a Roku to stream to the TV. I think I narrowed it down to 2 options, 1 cheaper and less complex and the other more expensive and more complex. The run from the TV to the inside where equipment will be stored is about 75'.
Put the Roku outside with the TV, run a cat6 cable from inside to the Roku, Roku HDMI to the TV, then an optical cable from the TV to the inside and use either a Sonos optical cable adapter
or an optical cable to RCA to connect to the Sonos amp. Then speaker wire from the Sonos Amp to the speakers in the pavilion. Pros:
cheaper and less complex components, no long HDMI runs, Roku outside so I can easily use the remote. Cons:
Roku is outside, relying on a 75' optical cable + connectors for the sound
Put the Roku inside with the Sonos and use something like a Monoprice Blackbird 4K HDBaseT
. It would be Roku to Blackbird with cat6 cable to TV outside. Sound would return to the transmitter where I could use the RCA out to connect to the Sonos then speaker wire from the Sonos Amp to the speakers in the pavilion. Pros:
I future proof myself a little in case I want to add extra video components inside, Roku is inside (although the TV isn't going to be an outside TV so..) Cons:
I watched this review (
) and he couldn't get sound to work from the RCA output on the Blackbird, which would basically be a pointless system for me then.
Am I missing anything going with Option 1? If it doesn't work out, I have the cat6 cable and can try option 2? Or is there a better HDBaseT alternative to the Blackbird that will work for my system?