since I have 710B4 on one of my machines now, I'm slowly gathering all needed info to make template for audio receiver...
After a year or so, it is not clear to me how to properly implement template for such device that includes all sorts of "embedded devices".
Let me start with basic description of capabilities :
A. device as single audio output
A.1 7+1 channel amplified output
A.2 Line out that has same music as A.1, but can be swithced on/off and volume controlled separately with serial commands
B. device as multiroom audio output (two separate and controlable outputs) - this is how I use it at the moment to feed 2 audio zones)
A.1 5+1 channel amplified output
A.1 2 channel amplified output on last two speakers terminals with own commands for volume,source and other control...
A.3 Line out that has same music as A.1, but can be swithced on/off and volume controlled separately with serial commands
So basically to cover both cases I have 3 possible outputs :
O.1 normal main audio output (either 7+1 if A and 5+1 if B)
O.2 secondary stereo amplified output (last two outputs from A.1 are made as separate amplified stereo output with its own serial commands, volume and source control..)
O.3 Line out that has same music as O.1, but can be switched on/off and volume controlled separately with own serial commands, so could be used for externally amplified replication of main output...
Basic distinction is that all 3 possible outputs have separate serial commands for volume and source control(not O3) etc...
Outputs O.1 and O.2 can select one of possible sources independently - (I'm not sure if they can select separate FM stations on Tuner input) - so basically this is true multi channel audio feature. If they select same source, then same music is heard on each... But again serial commands for selecting inputs differ for each output....
LMCE has already prepared FM and AM Tuner devices templates (which I don't understand quite well, but no docs available), but I'm not sure if they are usable in such situation.
3. How to make usable template out of this ?
What I'm currently thinking is : - Marantz receiver being parent device - have child devices for each output (O.1-O.3), each from different template, cause they have separate commands for each
But questions arise : - each output could be placed into separate audio zone - but I'm not sure if this can be done with children of same parent ? - how to dispatch commands to each child ? - is it convenient to use tuner devices as well ?
And probably there are some more problems to be solved.
Any opinion ?
P.s: have posted same text on Wiki also....
Thanks in advance,