Originally Posted by Deepst3r
My main goal is to have sound as soon as I get into the flat, I really don't want to go into every room turning on every individual bluetooth speaker (which is what I have to do right now). So is there anyway I can fill my whole flat with music as soon as I get home?
You are not alone. This is a common/question complaint that I've seen about CCA several times now. Personally, I don't really get it... I have a "whole home audio" group set up within the Chromecast app, that includes all four of my CCAs (one connected to an AVR on each floor of my home, and a forth on a self-powered speaker that I use out on the patio). I can cast to "all" speakers without having "all" speakers turned on... then, as I cycle speakers on, they auto-join without causing any glitches/pain to the playback. I don't need music playing in a room until/unless I actually walk into it... so if I wonder into a room with a CCA that isn't yet turned on, I just turn it on, and it starts playing... I don't run around, in advance, turning all my speakers on *just in case* I might want them. I wait until the need arises (I wander into a room that isn't yet playing). JMO.
That said, sure a solution can be rigged up. Home automation would be an obvious move here, if this is important to you. I run Z-Wave, myself, and I currently have two power outlets "powered" through smart switches. All I'd have to do is buy four more smart switches (or repurpose one or both of the ones I already have), and I could have all my speakers that are attached to CCAs able to be toggled on-and-off, remotely, from an app on my smartphone, before I even lifted the garage door and got on my local WiFi...
Originally Posted by Deepst3r
My second problem is how can I get music in my bathroom without paying an engineer to drill through walls and install ceiling speakers (which isn't possible in my flat). The only way I can think of doing it is installing a shelf (away from any sinks) and having a Kitsound speaker with a CA running off a battery pack. Does this work for anyone else? Or any other ideas?
I've looked into powered speakers, etc but when you add up all the costs I might as well have just gone with Sonos (and I'd prefer to stay within the Google ecosystem for now, I think the CA's are a very affordable and great product).
Many thanks for any help.
I think you're going to have to better explain what is limiting you here... because otherwise, the sky is the limit, and your options are endless.
1) You can go with a self-powered speaker (or speakers) and connect a CCA directly to it.
2) You can buy a conventional power source, like an AVR, place that in the bathroom, and connect a CCA to it. Whether or not you have room in your bathroom to house a separate power source like this or not, is pretty unique/dependent on the geometry of your specific bathroom...
3) You can run "Zone 2" etc speakers from an already-existing AVR... whether you have to punch holes in any walls/cielings to make this work or not, is pretty unique/specific to your house layout...
IMO, option #1
is the easiest/most convenient solution, to add additional "auxiliary" music locations for your whole-home-audio setup... JMO.