I want to install two TV’s outdoors that are very close to each other (less than 10’ and facing different directions). I would ideally like the idea of having both TV’s play the same video and audio signal (with no human detectable delay) but potentially play separate signals. I thought I would deploy it like this:
*HDMI Splitter: Input=FireStick1. Output1=TV1 HDMI1, Output2=TV2 HDMI1
** So far just looking at a 4K powered splitter on Monoprice.com that has good reviews. Not sure if this brand/model is critical as long as it does proper say 4K@60hz or whatever the requirement is?
HDMI1 input=Output1 from HDMI splitter described below
HDMI1 input=Output from HDMI splitter near TV1
This configuration allows me to set both TV’s to HDMI1 and use the remote for FireStick1 to see and hear the same audio. If I want to have the TV’s broadcast different signals (perhaps one with audio muted), I can simply switch them both to HDMI2 and use two separate FireStick remotes.
Does this sound like it would work?
What if I wanted to add outdoor speakers? This is where I wondered, would I add 1 or two Sonos Amp (I’ve seen weatherproof outdoor enclosures I could utilize)? What about Sonos outdoor speakers? They say 8 Ohm, I dont understand the Ohm stuff AT ALL. I don’t think I can run two of these in series for LEFT and two in series for RIGHT because of the ohm rating? What about some other speakers? How could two Sonos Amp’s help this out? I want to have speakers going to the left side of my backyard and speakers to the right and I don’t believe 1 speaker per side would be sufficient, BUT maybe if they are good enough speakers? I don’t even know how good those Sonos ones are for $879/pair, seems like a lot of $. What if someone desired the ability to lower the output from Amp 1 (those speakers attached) but raise Amp 2, so essentially having two zones, is that even possible in any config?
Honestly, I am a bit lost as to why the Sonos Amp is held in such high regard. I’m sure it’s great, but how does it really differ from an oldschool style Yamaha, Sony, etc. home receiver, that maybe has 8 HDMI input, and 1 HDMI ARC output, many speaker output, subwoofer output etc? A lot of those newer ones even have BT built-in (I know Sonos does not, but it’s utilizing Wi-Fi). Is the Sonos app on iOS really so good that allows for a lot? Still Sonos only supports 1 HDMI input, so I am not sure how I could utilize it?
Please help! Thank you in advance.