Having researched easy to use setups for my technology challenged parents, I think the Sonos “Immersive Set with Beam” (includes Beam Gen2, Sub Mini, Era 100 x2) might be the best solution for both watching TV & listening to music. However, I don’t have personal experience with Sonos components, so appreciate any help or insights you might share.
I’m assuming setting up / configuring the audio for TV watching will be very simple using the Sonos app (I’ll do this for them). But I’m unsure about whether the configuration should (or can) change for listening to music (ie disabling the sound bar). Again, given that my parents are not tech savvy, any configuration / mode change (TV <-> Music) would need to be extremely simple…preferably using universal remote instead of Sonos app.
CONFIGURATION (planned, haven’t purchased yet):
- Television HDMI Arc or eArc to power on/off and volume control the speakers.
- Prefer to avoid using A/V receiver, instead using TV’s HDMI Arc functionality.
- Components connected to TV via HDMI include Sonos sound bar, cable TV box, AppleTV, Blu-Ray / CD (music) player.
- VHS tape player possibly connected via RCA cables (weird, I know…but parents are old school).
- Wi-Fi connection for all components (TV, speakers, Cable Box, AppleTV).
- Music to be played from phones (3.5mm aux or Bluetooth) and Blu-Ray/CD player (HDMI).
- Aside from initial setup, unlikely to use Sonos app.
- Would this speaker setup be good for both listening to music AND watching TV without having to reconfigure anything nor switching modes (TV ↔ Music)?
- If switching modes (TV ↔ Music) is possible and recommended, then can this be done with just a universal remote (without Sonos app)?
- When connecting phones (iOS & Android) through the Sonos Line-in Adapter (3.5 mm aux cable) into one of the Era 100 speakers, will music be played on all of the other speakers or just the one it’s physically plugged into?
- While watching TV, I’m assuming the Beam sound bar will be the master and the other speakers will be slaves for sound from all of the components connected to the TV (Cable Box, AppleTV, Blu-Ray, etc). Is this correct?
- While listening to Music from their phones (iOS & Android), I’m assuming that the TV can be off, and that control of the speakers (power & volume) will be limited to the Sonos app or the physical controls on the sound bar. Is this correct?
- Using an iPhone’s mic and Sonos’ app Trueplay feature to tune / EQ the speakers, is it possible to create multiple “tuned” profiles (ex one for music, another for TV)?
- Are there any streaming services (music or video) that are incompatible with this HDMI Arc configuration?
A long read, and a lot of questions…so thanks in advance!
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