Hi everyone. I recently moved into a home that was custom built in 2008. The previous owner had all their equipment and speakers run into a central media closet and had a Control4 system with an HC800 and an 8 zone amplifier (AMP108). No instructions/passwords or anything else was left for the Control 4 system unfortunately.
Before I hire an installer to set up the system, I wanted to reach out to this group and make sure I understand how best to set-up my system. Appreciate any and all help you guys can provide.
Specific items in the central media closet:
Denon x3400H receiver (I replaced the existing unit with this one last week) connected to 5.1 speaker cables (all for family room - downstairs)
Denon x3400H receiver (I replaced the existing unit with this one last week) connected to 5.1 speaker cables (all for master bedroom - upstairs)
8 separate zones with 2 channel audio speaker cables (guest bedroom, master bathroom, kids bedroom, patio, office, kitchen, dining room, living room)
3 Cat-5E cables and 1 coax cable running from family room
3 Cat-5E cables and 1 coax cable running from mater bedroom
3 Cat-5E cables and 1 coax cable running from guest bedroom
For the family room I just purchased a Sony XBR75X900F. For the master bedroom and also for the guest bedroom I just purchased a Sony XBR55X900F. For TV/streaming, I use DirecTVNOW and Apple4KTV (for Netflix, etc.). For music, I use Spotify.
As I understand it, I have two ways to set up the system:
Option 1: Purchase 4K HDR baluns/extenders. Looks like they are $600 a pair (Atlona: AT-HDR-EX-70C-KIT). I would then connect my TV in the master bedroom to the balun and then connect it to the receiver in the central media closet (via 1 Cat-5E cable). I would also connect the Apple4KTV, a Blu-ray player, and a media player to the receiver. Exact same set-up for the family room.
Option 2: Purchase optical/TOSLink balun/extenders. Looks like they are like $140 a pair (Gefen: EXT-DIGAUD-141). I would strap the Apple4KTV to the back on the TV and then just connect the optical/Cat5E from the TV to the receiver (via 1 Cat-5E cable). Exact same set-up for the family room.
Sorry for the very long post but I wanted to provide all the background/specifics. So here are my questions:
For Option 2, how do I connect a Blu-ray player and a media player to this system?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of Option 1 versus Option 2?
For Option 1, it looks like I cant get 4K Dolby Vision in 60 fps. I could get that if I just hook-up the Apple4KTV directly to the TV. Is this a big deal?
For Option 2, it looks like I cant get Dolby Atmos/etc. via TOSLink? I have a 5.1 systems in-ceiling system and do not want to add more speakers so does this matter?
Would Control4 work equally well for either Option 1 or Option 2? Any advantages for either set-up as it relates to Control4?
If I want the Control4 user interface menu on both the family room TV and the master bedroom TV, how do I do that? Does it matter if I go with Option 1 or Option 2?
Thanks so much everyone!