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Controlling an amp from another room

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by Bert Coules, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Bert Coules

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    Forgive the extremely basic question, but I've no experience at all in this area...

    I want to be able to control the volume of my Denon amp from another room - specifically, the bathroom. I'm planning to install a couple of small speakers in said bathroom, fed from the secondary output of the Denon, and though I don't want to go down the full home-automation route, I would like to have local control over the volume.

    I reckon that with careful use a basic learning remote will be safe enough in the bathroom; but is there a simple way of routing the remote signal to the site of the amp? If so, is the sending device, whatever it is, of a form which I can mount unobtrusively in the walls?

    Alternatively, is there any way of permanently hard-wiring a volume control between the amp output and the speakers?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    From what I know you have 2 options (probably more though!).

    1. get a remote that works with an RF receiver. Set the remote to transmit Rf and set up the RF receiver to point at the Denon.
    Pro: No other device other than the remote required in the bathroom.
    Con: only on expensive remotes such as Pronto Pro/ Marantz RC9200

    2. Get a remote extender from somewhere like www.maplin.co.uk
    Pro: cheaper than above remotes.
    Con: Need to install in wall etc. Needs lone of sight from remote.

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  3. Bert Coules

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    Mark,

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    I do have (and use) a Pronto Pro, but I wouldn't be over-anxious to play with it near a bath full of water. I'll look into the remote extender.

    Edited to add:

    I've just come across this...

    http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/product/technical.asp?dept_id=111&sku=154&Hash=154

    ...a local stereo volume control which can be wall-mounted in a standard double-gang box. There's no information in the spec on its suitability for bathrooms, but it's obviously worth investigating. The single knob looks a bit lost in the middle of the double-socket-sized faceplate, but doubtless there are ways round that.

    Bert
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