We recently bought a new apartment with high quality built in speakers in multiple rooms. I'm looking to single source the audio with a Node, but need an amp with 4 (minimum) stereo outputs. Here's the kicker, I want to be able to control the volume and turn each zone on/off independently, preferably over WiFi - ideally in a BluOs (or Roon) environment. IR is a mess and I don't want separate remotes
Previous owner had 6 Sonos AMPs for the job, but I don't like Sonos for streamers, network security or sound quality
Could do it with multiple Powernodes, but it's expensive and overkill as I do not need to replicate the streamers. Also several of the 'zones' are in the same audio space (speakers in ceiling of LR/DiningRoom/Kitchen, an extended great room. I want the same sound from all speakers, just the ability to control the volume independently
Finally some of the speakers were part of a 5.1 AV system which we will not be using (we are building our a separate media room). I want to take advantage of the built in sub (very high end with it's own amp) and will run both L+R of the front and rear as separate zones. Does the SUVW connector on the Node (and PowerNode 2i) have variable output to control volume from a single point (ie not having to mess with speaker + sub volume independently as the sub remote is IR and there is no line of sight nor convenient IR repeater).
It's 2021, this should be easier....
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