Kitchen Refurb

d6jg

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Just at finishing stages of a bit of a project. Knock down wall between kitchen and dining room and installation of new kitchen.
Have taken the opportunity to seriously upgrade the audio.
WiiM Pro -> Onkyo Amp (hidden in cupboard) -> B&W 8” Ceiling Speakers
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I have set this up in such a way that the Kitchen Pro is grouped in Alexa with an Echo Show. This gives SWMBO the ability to "Alexa, Play BBC Radio 2" and have the audio from the B&Ws but also allows me to use LMS with the B&Ws whenever I want. There is also a sync group with my Living Room in readyness for the "new kitchen event".

To do.
Painting
Flooring
A bit of boxingin of some pipes.
 
No, I have a smart IR controller to switch the amp on/standby so I can turn it off and on by voice. I'm a bit lazy like that 😉
Is the amp behind a door? Does the IR work through it?
 
Is the amp behind a door? Does the IR work through it?
It's not behind a door, and the IR controls kitchen TV etc, but it could easily be placed inside an enclosed space just for the amp and, although I haven't tried it, because I don't have WiiM remote to teach the IR, maybe the WiiM Pro as well.
 
It's not behind a door, and the IR controls kitchen TV etc, but it could easily be placed inside an enclosed space just for the amp and, although I haven't tried it, because I don't have WiiM remote to teach the IR, maybe the WiiM Pro as well.
WiiM remotes are Bluetooth, not IR, so you can’t teach another remote its codes.
 
@Brantome , I think we're probably talking about the Onkyo amp remote control and not the WiiM.
EDIT: I may be wrong

@d6jg,
If your Onkyo amp has a remote control.
I think it will work if you stick the smart remote control on the wall inside the storage space. In my tests, it worked even when I put it in a gap under the amplifier.

The smart remote is very convenient because it not only allows you to control your voice, but also allows you to use routines and put widgets on your phone.
 
@Brantome , I think we're probably talking about the Onkyo amp remote control and not the WiiM.
EDIT: I may be wrong

@d6jg,
If your Onkyo amp has a remote control.
I think it will work if you stick the smart remote control on the wall inside the storage space. In my tests, it worked even when I put it in a gap under the amplifier.

The smart remote is very convenient because it not only allows you to control your voice, but also allows you to use routines and put widgets on your phone.
Can you point me at more info about smart remote please? Yes the Onkyo has a remote
 
Can you point me at more info about smart remote please? Yes the Onkyo has a remote

I'm using a Switchbot hub mini.

In a word, this is a smart learning remote.
It memorizes the IR of the Onkyo remote and enables voice operation and remote control from a smartphone.

However, keep in mind that, unlike amplifiers with triggers and automatic standby, they do not work with the activation of the WiiM. In fact, you can use Alexa Routines to turn the amplifier on and off at any time, or use any dialogue to control your voice.

For example, I set it up like this.
  1. Every morning, I say "Alexa, I'm awake."
  2. The amplifier turns on and the audio input switches to coaxial.
  3. Alexa will tell me the weather today.
  4. Turn off the alarm music and lights in the bedroom
  5. My favorite music starts playing in the living room.

In addition to the standby on/off, it is also possible to switch inputs and change music modes. (Everything you can do with Onkyo remote)
 
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You probably won't be able to auto-register your Onkyo amp remote, so you'll need to custom register it manually. Specifically, register only the buttons you want to use in the Hub and register the registered buttons in the scene (automation). These operations are done in the app, but they are a bit more complicated. In addition, if you want to work with Alexa, use the Alexa app.
The scene you just created is reflected in the Alexa app, and you can use it as a routine action. 🙂
 
I have a spare Alexa controlled plug but that doesn’t work as when you switch the amp on it defaults to the DAB Radio input but this looks very promising if I can persuade SWMBO to say more than “Alexa, play BBC Radio 2”
 
I have a spare Alexa controlled plug but that doesn’t work as when you switch the amp on it defaults to the DAB Radio input but this looks very promising if I can persuade SWMBO to say more than “Alexa, play BBC Radio 2”
Set up a routine to run the necessary actions, the first being to turn on your smart plug, then the scene to switch your amp inputs using one of the smart IR transmitters, ending with the custom action to play radio 2. I do similar in the morning to turn on my amp mains plug, then read the news, weather and my calendar, then switch the amp to my pro plus using my harmony hub and play an LMS favourite radio station (well, once I fix ngrok again…). Plus you can make the voice trigger even shorter than what’s currently asked…
 
I have a spare Alexa controlled plug but that doesn’t work as when you switch the amp on it defaults to the DAB Radio input but this looks very promising if I can persuade SWMBO to say more than “Alexa, play BBC Radio 2”
The Smart remote can't figure out if the amp is ON or OFF now, so it's better to smart plug it ON and OFF.

Example of creating a routine action

  1. Smart Plug turns on the amp
  2. Wait 5 second *
  3. IR remote presses the input select button "right" (the number of times the button is pressed can be set in the IR remote app
  4. Play any music
* Set the required wait time for your amp
 
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Just a couple of snags to snag now.

I think I may swap out the Onkyo amp for a simple amp with just RCA input and use the spare Alexa controlled plug. I do have a couple of unused Topping Amp's but they may not be powerful enough - easy enough to try them out though.

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Update.
The switchbot thing looks interesting but in the end I decided to swap the Onkyo amp out for a Topping MX3 which has Auto ON / OFF on its digital inputs with the bonus of easy switch to Bluetooth if ever required. I connected the WiiM Pro by Coax and set it to Auto Sense input and switch itself to Standby after 2 mins of nothing which is the same as the Topping. So far working perfectly. Is the Topping as good an amp as the Onkyo? Probably not quite but I can't detect any noticable degradation to the SQ. SWMBO hasn't noticed the switch of amps at all. The downside of the Onkyo was that you needed to leave it permanently switched ON.
 
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