I currently have a Control4 multi-zone (x12) audio set-up, which uses an EA-5 controller, a Control4 audio matrix and then a number of rack-mounted amps to connect to ceiling speakers in the different rooms in my house, which I control through C4 touchscreens and the C4 app - I’m still on OS 2 but will upgrade soon to OS 3. Most of my listening is done through Tidal and my home audio files (currently stored on a Synology DS918+ NAS).
I have two problems with this system, both of which I was hoping that Roon could solve for me, but one of which seems (based on this forum) like it may not work. I’d obviously like to know for sure before buying the assorted kit, not least as my installer isn’t very Roon experienced.
The first issue, which I think works, is that I’d like to have an offline music set-up in one room, controllable through C4 if needed but also of a higher quality than my built in system. I was planning on having a Nucleus+ as the Roon Core and then using a Mytek Manhattan II DAC (with Roon-ready network card) as the Roon endpoint, which would then feed into a stereo amp and floor-mounted speakers. I assume I’d then be able to control this (except the volume) through my Control4 touchscreen, using the Roon interface to control the Nucleus to serve up content to the Manhattan and on to the amp and speakers. I think this is right?
The second question, which seems more difficult, is how/if I can then use the Nucleus to provide content to my EA-5 controller/C4 audio matrix, and thereby use Roon to control the rest of my house set-up. Another thread on this forum suggests that the EA-5 isn’t a Roon endpoint, but it’s an old thread and indicates this may be being resolved. My question is whether this is now possible? If Roon nucleus+ integrates with C4 then I assume I can get the C4 touchscreen to ask the Nucleus for content? And then the EA-5 just uses that content to pass through the matrix and on to the zones? If I’m listening to Tidal or home network music files through the nucleus or through the EA-5 then isn’t it the same? Or would I need to bypass the EA-5 and have a series of endpoints feeding into the matrix?
My reason for not wanting just to have Roon running the Manhattan set-up, which I’m confident it can do, but rather wanting it for the rest of the system, too, is that the C4 music interface is so utterly terrible that I’m desperate for an alternative. I recognise that C4 OS3 may be better, but would prefer to use Roon if I’m putting that in for my offline system anyway.
Any thoughts gratefully appreciated.