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Russound CAA66 Replacement
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Post 1 made on Saturday September 5, 2020 at 21:00
Slimfoot
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I am looking to replace my aging Russound CAA66 system. I would still like to keep some sort of inwall keypads, no wall mounted iPads. SONOS compatibility is preferred. I have gone blank searching for a replacement. Please help. I am not a Control 4 dealer.

Last edited by Slimfoot on September 5, 2020 21:17.
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Post 2 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 02:26
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The usual response is to use what you would sell to a customer. Makes sense.

Beyond that. You mentioned SONOS, so why not use either SONOS Amps or SONOS Port(s) into a multichannel amp.
For keypads, use either the Lutron Audio Pico (for SONOS) or the iPort xPRESS Audio Keypad.
Post 3 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 10:45
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The only thing that has "Sonos compatibility" nowadays is pretty much Sonos.

Why exactly are you replacing the CAA66? Isnt that still a current piece from them? what exactly is lacking from the CAA66?

is there a budget in play?
Post 4 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 12:30
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This works with any control system and has ARC to fix room acoustic issues.
I have been using one with my Elan system and love it.
Integrates well with Elan G.

[Link: anthemav.com]
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OP | Post 5 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 13:09
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On September 6, 2020 at 02:26, Brad Humphrey said...
The usual response is to use what you would sell to a customer. Makes sense.

Beyond that. You mentioned SONOS, so why not use either SONOS Amps or SONOS Port(s) into a multichannel amp.
For keypads, use either the Lutron Audio Pico (for SONOS) or the iPort xPRESS Audio Keypad.

I tried both of these keypads about a year ago. Did not like the button layout on the Pico and both seemed to have a bit of latency.
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OP | Post 6 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 13:11
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On September 6, 2020 at 10:45, Impaqt said...
The only thing that has "Sonos compatibility" nowadays is pretty much Sonos.

Why exactly are you replacing the CAA66? Isnt that still a current piece from them? what exactly is lacking from the CAA66?

is there a budget in play?

One of the amps is having issues and the keypads are having issues also. Installed in 2006, so I do not wish to spend any money on it.
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Post 7 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 13:33
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I have a new NuVo 4 zone amp. No kp though.
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Post 8 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 15:40
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On September 6, 2020 at 13:11, Slimfoot said...
One of the amps is having issues and the keypads are having issues also. Installed in 2006, so I do not wish to spend any money on it.

So get a new CAA66 and new Keypads.

What about the rest of my questions?
OP | Post 9 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 15:45
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On September 6, 2020 at 15:40, Impaqt said...
So get a new CAA66 and new Keypads.

What about the rest of my questions?

No budget, prefer not installing a product from 20 years ago. Did I miss a question?
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Post 10 made on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 21:13
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Might be easiest to upgrade to the MCA line.

Probably get a upgrade discount as well, and if you have room install the larger keypads..
Post 11 made on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 09:26
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My advice would be to either do another caa66 or do one of the mca66 devices with a Russound streamer so that meta data shows up on keypads.

Check with your supplier for additional info...
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Post 12 made on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 09:48
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On September 6, 2020 at 15:45, Slimfoot said...
No budget, prefer not installing a product from 20 years ago. Did I miss a question?

But if it still works and fits your needs, Why not?

What does "Sonos Compatibility" mean to you? Are you expecting metadata on the keypads?
Post 13 made on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 13:01
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I replaced an old CAV6.6 with UNO-S2 keypads that I had installed at my house with 6 of the new Sonos AMPs.  I was a little worried about losing the local keypads at first, but don't really miss them.

My wife likes using the Sonos app on phone/tablet better than the keypads...
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Post 14 made on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 17:55
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Keypads are nice because they will not disappear into a pocket or drawer somewhere and they are always available, even to users who don't have passwords.

Phones/pads are nice because they follow you around and probably display more meta data than keypads. Phones/pads are more likely to be updated to follow current trends.

Keypads are not very good at accommodating variations in vision or user height, but this may not be much of an issue for simple pads.
OP | Post 15 made on Friday September 11, 2020 at 18:41
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On September 8, 2020 at 09:48, Impaqt said...
What does "Sonos Compatibility" mean to you? Are you expecting metadata on the keypads?

You are correct, no such thing as SONOS compatibility.
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