Jump to content
c4forums | The Control4 Community

EA-5 as audio matrix?


Recommended Posts

Hi!

I'm new to Control4 and I'm building a new system. Basically I would be powering 4 zones at most.  I was wondering if I could connect each of the 3 audio outputs of the EA-5 directly to a 4 channel amplifier so it would work as an audio matrix. Would it be a good practice? Or it would be better to buy the audio matrix instead?

Thanks in advance!

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Hmm.

 

First:

EA-5 has TWO stereo audio outputs and TWO digital audio outputs.

Second:

A 4 channel amplifier is 4 mono channels so a two ZONE amplfier

Third:

This wouldn't be an audio matrix at all.

 

Now, the question is what amplifier are you using? If you mean Control4's 4 Zone MATRIX amplifier, this would be a perfectly fine setup. This due to the fact that that amplifier has 2 digital inputs, so it would be dreadfully simple to setup. You'd actually 'lock' the inputs and create a volume controlled 4-zone setup with 4 dedicated audio feeds. Not a problem at all - assuming you do not want sources other than what C4 has built-in. Should you want something like a Sonos added (or any other non-video source) - still not an issue as the EA-5 also sports 2 stereo inputs and 2 digital inputs. Technically it isn't recommended to feed Sonos to a controller, but as long as it is one it should be perfectly fine (it does become a problem once you add more).

 

If you mean the 4 Zone POWER amplifier, or another 3rd party static (uncontrolled) amplifier, it won't really work. Yes you can feed the digital coax out to a DAC and turn them into stereo, but volume controll won't work properly through almost and DAC, not to mention that it would never match up.

 

SO to summarize - if you want only audio, and only what the C4 system provides natively or with adding a single Sonos (and perhaps a separate SiriusXM tuner, or a CD player or....) I'd recommend gettinga C4 4 Zone MATRIX amplifier - and your world will keep turning smoothly ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

Thank you very much for you answer! It really helped me to clear it out.

However, there are something that I still haven't figure it out. I've just bought a 4K/UHD Dual-Distance 6×6 HDMI to HDBaseT Matrix Switcher with PoE, and as you mau know, it features four unbalacend audio outputs. Is it different from the audio matrix? I know it doesn't have the built it amplifiers, but it that case, would you still recommend to buy the audio matrix in order to make the system run as smoothly as possible?

Thank you again and best regards!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for replying!

But would you still consider the Atlona a good HDMI switcher? Because, I'll have to buy the "amplifier part" of the system anyway, and for that matter, I could buy the Control4 Audio Matrix. I guess the whole thing would still be cheaper than a Leaf HDMI switcher.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you for the feedback. Hopefully I'll be using B&W ceiling speakers (CCM663) so, quality wise, which amplifiier has a better audio quality: the built in amplifier in the audio matrix or the standalone version?

Because it seems that the frequency range from the standalone multichannel amplifier is larger, which in theory would provide a better audio, right?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you for the feedback. Hopefully I'll be using B&W ceiling speakers (CCM663) so, quality wise, which amplifiier has a better audio quality: the built in amplifier in the audio matrix or the standalone version?

Because it seems that the frequency range from the standalone multichannel amplifier is larger, which in theory would provide a better audio, right?

For ceiling speakers and ambient listening, not critical listening both / either.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...