OK so bear with me here while I try and explain my setup…
I have a Uniti Atom which I use only to Stream music from Roon.
I also have a Yamaha RX-A3070 Receiver which I use for everything else. In this I have my HTPC, Xbox One and Virgin TV Box Connected via HDMI.
I also have my Panasonic OLED connected to my Yamaha via an Optical Cable. This is the channel that is used for Netflix which we watch via the app within the TV.
I use an Nedis RCA Switcher to Switch the Sub Woofer (Rel T5i) Between the Yamaha Amp and the Naim.
I use a Dynavox speaker switcher to switch the Front Left and Right Speakers (Acoustic Energy AE500) between the Yamaha Amp and the Naim.
All of this is to achieve some sort of Wife Acceptance Factor because with everything switched to the Yamaha the wife can watch any source and control the volume with the Logitech Elite Remote. The Yamaha is also set to a default volume when powering on which means it’s always ready to go when she wants to watch TV or a movie. She does nothing but hit “Watch Netflix” or “Media Centre” on the remote.
When I want to listen to music (in quality) I use the RCA and Speaker switches to direct the F/L F/R and Sub to the Naim and the Yamaha is bypassed.
I realise I could have used the Pre-Out Front L/R and Sub from the Yamaha but I never managed to get this working (no sound at all) and of course we are then dealing with two volume controls - one of which (the Naim) cannot be controlled via infra Red.
The above does work fine, you just have to turn a few switches. But I would love to remove this switching altogether out of the process and have the Naim always processing the L/R and Sub.
Can anyone think of a better way of doing this?
For example can I use the ARC from the TV to the Yamaha and then use the second HDMI Out on the Yamaha to send this signal out to the Naim so it is always driving the Front L/R and Sub?
Would that then mean that the TV remote would turn everything up/down using the TV ARC including the Naim. Would that work?
If I leave the Naim on Permanently and on the HDMI input then it should always be on and working right?
I just have to remember to switch it back after Roon streaming or will that happen automatically when it detects a source from the HDMI?
Perhaps this is no better that using the Yamaha Pre-Out? Can the Naim be set to a specific volume for the RCA Inputs when Analog is selected as the source?
Does anyone have a similar setup involving an Atom (or other separate amp with HDMI ARC) and an AV Receiver and they have found a good solution to this?
I would like to hear how others have this set up.
I’m sure I can make this setup simpler and my hunch is I’ve just overcomplicated things.