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Help on upgrading from a TA10.2 for home theatre/media uses

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Hello everyone,

 

I was hoping to get a bit of insight on where to go with my home audio system. Right now, it's a bit of an unorganized mess and I would really like a cohesive solution.

 

I will start with the existing setup:

 

Sources: PlayStation 3, Desktop PC, Nintendo Wii and Google Chromecast

USB DAC: SuperPro DAC 707

Pre-amplifier: T-Preamp TCC TC754

Amplifier: Trends Audio TA-10.2

Speakers: Paradigm Mini Monitors

 

The connections are:

 

PS3 (HDMI) + Chromecast (HDMI) + PC (HDMI) + Wii (Component) --> TV (S/PDIF out) --> SuperPro DAC707 --> TCC TC754 ---> TA-10.2 --> Mini Monitors

 

This setup works well enough but there are some problems:

 

1. The TV must be on to do any audio playback, which is problematic because it's a Panasonic plasma TV and leaving it on with a static image is not a good idea. At all.

 

2. I would like something AirPlay enabled so that guests or the Mrs. can easily output to the speakers. This is not 100% required though because there are work arounds like remotely controlling the PC with the laptop or a smartphone (Plex Remote).

 

3. It's a small issue for me, but the Mrs. gets easily annoyed with having to manually adjust the volume on the TA-10.2 instead of using a remote. Right now I work around it by increasing the volume on the Pre-amp and Amplifier, and then reducing it on the PS3, but the PS3 does not have a lot of granularity.

 

I am really unsure how to approach this issue. Ideally, I would love to keep the TA10.1 because the sound quality is fantastic, but I am open to suggestions. My budget would probably be around $500 for now, and I'm willing to upgrade one piece at a time.

 

Thanks a ton everyone!

post #2 of 2
Thread Starter 

I just had a thought: am I over thinking this? Would a simple HDMI receiver with a remote connected to the TV and TA10.2 solve all of my problems?

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