I am considering switching to OpenHab, but have questions on stuff that I cannot grasp.
I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around multizone audio/music using the hardware I have and local MP3 files, etc. And how to deal with the UI once I get the backend working. Selecting music to send to the zones, etc.
Here’s what I have:
Vaux LA-1600A 16X16 stereo matrix switch/controller (similar to Russound or Monoprice, but without amplifier and more zones) . Using it to control 5 sources of audio and 11 zones of output, going to a 18 channel amplifier (9 stereo zones) and a couple of receivers (Denon and Outlaw for the remaining 2 zones). It is controllable via RS232.
Inputs are MP3 files coming from 3 sets of outputs on a media server to 3 of the inputs on the Vaux. An AM/FM tuner, and a Chromecast Audio. I have more outputs on the server available and am thinking to use one set for TTS output.
So I have no idea where to even start making this work. I want to be able to select from the 25,000+ MP3 files I have and send them to any of the zones. Or Pandora, Spotify, etc to the Chromecast and then to the Vaux’s ins and outs. All from a tablet interface, or by voice using Google Home.
I know that the norm of late is to use multiple chromecasts, squeezeboxes, or RPis. But I have the infrastructure in place already, with a central equipment location and all of the speakers wired in ceiling. Plus, we tend to “group” zones on the fly around here. So we’ll be listening to music in the kitchen and then decide to add the office or the living room as we go. And with 11 zones, it’s hard to imagine preassigning groups for all of the possibilities.
Hope this all makes sense. I’d be grateful for any help.