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  1. That's an excellent idea! I'll definitely have to incorporate that into the scene now. Thanks!
  2. I've been wanting to tackle this problem for the past several days (and actually brought this up with Matt when we chatted last weekend!). I also have a Doorbird. My doorbell audio alerts have been working very well and I haven't tried to incorporate anything into motion alerts (mine seems way to sensitive to want anything tied to that). But I really wanted the video feed to pop up on the TV if you're watching it. Vincedlub, I tried hitting the Control4 button twice (with the physical remote) and that did not seem to work. It would take the curser/highlight to the last selected menu icon, i.e., it still wasn't consistent. This got me thinking though... So my Doorbird camera is located under the "Security" icon on the OSD of the EA1, which means it's at the far left of all the icons. Importantly, I tested that if you keep hitting left when you land on that icon, your selection stays there. With that, 3 left clicks (at most) are necessary no matter where your selection ends up when you trigger the OSD and hitting it more than you need doesn't take you into any other menu--a way to always land on "Security." From there I just placed in the proper clicks and navigation with a slight delay in between "button clicks." Worked like a charm. I attached a screen of the macro for example.
  3. Just wanted to update and say thanks again to all for all the help. I finally had some time this weekend to sit down and try these suggestions and got each way to work! Marty, I look forward to trying out some of the Macros with Voice Scenes soon. Thatguy and abovedeck, quick question on the programming for your method. I ended up getting this to work and really like having it tied to one button (Custom 2) as a toggle. Makes things really easy. It did seem that the code wouldn't work until I reversed the order, i.e., I had to input like: if selected source in kitchen is dish satellite {my name for the TV audio in my setup} Turn kitchen off Stop if the video source in great room is dish satellite set the audio source in kitchen to dish satellite Stop Is there a reason that the "off" instructions had to come before the "on" instructions for it to work? I tried many different methods the other way (having the "on" code first) and it would turn it on, but wouldn't do the toggle. Reversed it and it worked perfectly but it doesn't really make any sense to me with the way the conditionals are inputted.
  4. Thanks so much, Marty...that's perfect!
  5. Thank you all. That helps a ton! Abovedeck and Thatguy, I think I figured out how to pull the "Ifs" in now and it does seem that my dealer placed a "Dish Satellite" audio zone in the kitchen that automatically ties it to the Great Room so I have that to use as my default source. That should address your last question/comment, above deck. Marty, that sounds like another great way to do it (and I also have an Alexa in each space, haha). Would love to see your screen shots. Thanks again to all.
  6. First, thanks for the suggestion on using the "Listen" button. I actually hadn't tried that yet and can do what I want through there (and many other options). That said, we add this particular zone so often that it would be nice to add it to one of these buttons on the remote so it can be done in one click (this is Control4 after all, right? ) Now, looking at your programming suggestion, I have been able to figure out how to access the remote (through the Room selection) and choose the button I want to program there. I was able to look through the action list and when selecting the kitchen, I saw the option of "turn audio zone on." This seems like an option but would probably require programming another button to turn it off. I do like what you're talking about where it would be a toggle, I just don't quite know how to do the "ifs" part you're talking about. Could you dumb that down even more for the newbie here?
  7. All, just had my Control4 system installed last week and looking for some (hopefully) easy programming projects to get a better grasp at how to use Composer Home Edition. On our main floor, we have 2 independent audio zones (Great Room and Kitchen). The Great Room has the TV and we really like adding the Kitchen speakers when the TV is on to carry TV sound back to the kitchen while we cook. Of course, we currently do this by just adding a zone through the navigator. Is there a good way to program one of the color/dot buttons on the SR260 to achieve this? Ideally, I would also like to program another button or toggle that button to turn the kitchen zone off as we don't need it on when we are all on the couch and having the kitchen zone on prevents the "Room Off" function from turning off the Dish box. Thanks!
  8. Sorry, I've been absent from this for a bit. Been in the finishing stages of the build and work has been crazy so I've been a bit distracted. It does seem that this issue became much easier as we were finishing things. The installers "screwed up" and ran the speaker wire for the TV speakers in the great room down to the rack, i.e., there is no longer any need for local amplification there. Looks like I should now be able to plug EA1 and cable box into the TV directly, run sound down to the rack out of the TV over Cat6 and plug that into the matrix amp. That location is now just a zone in the whole home system and being everything will be fed by the same amp, I shouldn't have to worry about any audio sync issues between the zone. Just hoping I don't have lip sync issues with the TV, but should be able to fix that a little easier. Thanks again to everyone for the help! Only a couple more weeks until I actually get to actually use this and try it out!
  9. Sonic, that's a big help! My layout is for the room I'm describing is very similar to yours--TV at one end in a long space with a kitchen at the other. My kitchen speakers are even over the island like yours. And based on your attached thread, I'm looking to do essentially the exact same thing (other than I don't have 5.1 in my family room). Lippa, no worries at all and I greatly appreciate any help. Part of the problem as well is that this is a new build in a new construction house so I really don't have any components yet other than the wiring and the speakers. I will lay out planned components though Sonic, that's a big help! My layout is for the room I'm describing is very similar to yours--TV at one end in a long space with a kitchen at the other. My kitchen speakers are even over the island like yours. And based on your attached thread, I'm looking to do essentially the exact same thing (other than I don't have 5.1 in my family room). Lippa, no worries at all and I greatly appreciate any help. Part of the problem as well is that this is a new build in a new construction house so I really don't have any components yet other than the wiring and the speakers. I will lay out planned components though: Great room/family room TV: TV, 2 non powered bookshelf speakers, Control4 EA-1, amp or receiver for speakers, cable/sat box, Roku. Location has 2 Cat6 lines and coax going back to the stack and local speaker wires. Kitchen area: 2 in-ceiling speakers above the island set as an independent zone; speaker wire goes back to AV rack AV rack: Currently it's all just wire. The plan is to have an EA-5 as the master control, and then trying to figure out how to best distribute and power audio with the mentioned need to consistently run the great room and kitchen as one zone like Sonic's plan shows. Thanks to you both again!
  10. Lippa, the TV area in our great room was set up as a local zone and not part of the distributed audio zones. Not sure if that's what we should have done, but the cost of distributed video in our setup wasn't really worth it so we thought local control was best at the TV. I do have 2 Cat6 lines and a coax going back to the main rack from this location that I can put to use though--just not the speaker wire. The 4 distributed zones (what the kitchen zone is a part of) go back to the main rack in my AV closet in the theater room. I'm basically just trying to get the local zone at the TV to talk to the distributed zones. You can see the TV from the kitchen and there's no wall so would really like if I can keep the audio synced with the video. I agree that a surround receiver is totally unnecessary and was only considering that if I went the Heos route or could use an old AV receiver I have that still works great (always cheaper than a new amp!). In hindsight, my dealer probably just should have set up the kitchen as a true zone 2 from the great room TV. TV audio will be on in there 50 times more often than music as we cook with the TV on a lot. Sonic, thanks for the input! My dealer seems to think either option would work...it's more me that isn't sure which way to go or if there are better options. I'm still trying to figure a lot of this out on the first build and want to avoid buying too many unnecessary components as possible.
  11. Thanks, Lone Pine. I guess my question with regards to this is what is the best way to tie in to the matrix amp to get the two zones to sync without creating an echo. Me and the dealer are trying to figure out if connecting a Heos link to the matrix amp (with a Heos receiver as the primary source) or running the audio signal from that receiver back to the matrix amp directly over Cat6 (with stereo to Cat6 balun) is the best option.
  12. Sonic, the TV in that room will be a Vizio M65c1. I'm planning on getting a new AVR for that space and am waiting to get something until I know what features I may need to make everything work. Thatguy, Heos does appear to do TV grouping. It does look like it may be a relatively new feature though. (http://denon-uk.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4363/~/tv-sound-grouping)
  13. Hi, I'm new to the Control4 world and in the process of my first build out on a new construction house. As some quick background on my planned system, I am using Control4 for lighting, general automation and distributed audio. My installer has me using an EA-5 to control the whole system with EA-1s at two of the primary TVs in the house. The biggest problem we seem to be having relates to an audio situation. My main living space is very open. I have a TV (one with a planned EA-1) with a local amp/receiver powering stereo speakers at one end where the couch is. At the other end of the room is our kitchen where we have 2 in-ceiling speakers. These are set up as a separate zone with speaker wire running back to the main AV rack (where the EA-5 will be) and it is not meant to be a surround setup. The idea is for the kitchen speakers to either play music separately or to mirror the TV audio from the other end of the room. This way the speakers attached directly to the TV don't have to be unnecessarily loud for the person in the kitchen to hear them--it's probably a good 20-25 feet between the two spots. The big question is what is the best way to set this up so that the TV audio in the kitchen zone will play without creating a considerable echo effect? As a relevant aside, I will have 3 other audio zones going back to the main rack. So with the previously mentioned kitchen zone, I will have 4 centralized audio zones requiring an amp down at the rack. My installer has proposed a couple of ideas: 1) Use a local Heos amp/AVR at the TV and then zone in the kitchen speakers via a Heos link attached to the amp or controller down at the rack. 2) Use an analog to Cat6 balun and run the signal directly from the AVR back to the main rack and distribute via Control4 matrix amp. I like the idea of adding Heos to the system for the added streaming options, but not sure what would work best. I have built-in music buttons and controls in many of the wall switches so either way, would really like strong integration with Control4. Appreciate any suggestions to this solution or just overall recommendations on the best components (amps, matrix, etc.) to use for this situation. Thanks!