Connectivity suggestions.

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  • Knud Nissen

    Wondering if it would be possible to use the TV - remote to control the volume of a connected Kien system ? Especially if more people need to control the system - it's not optimal to have to use the app for this - since it can only be connected to 1 user ?

    How would you connect that ? Any homekit integrations planned and/or IFTTT ?

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  • Paul Jackson

    I was wondering about the TV remote thing too. More from the angle of switching between streaming music from your phone (WiFi Input) to TV (Digital input). If the only way to switch between inputs is through the app, that means you either need a dedicated TV device that you keep alongside all your other remotes, or everyone needs the Kien app to be able to watch TV.

    As far as I know, the Kien system doesn't have any IR receiver to be able to use a TV IR remote. But some of the newer TVs and devices like AppleTV and Chromecast may not use IR anymore and maybe Bluetooth or WiFi-based which could be workable?

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  • Florent Gatin

    Hello Knud and Paul.

    Thank you very much for your feedback.

    To answer your original question, the best way to integrate kien with smart equipments is to use the TV as the hub, and get the sound from the TV connected to the kien SUB via the optical cable.

    As you noticed, with most smart TVs, when the SUB is connected over Optical, the volume buttons of the TV-remote don't have any influence on the sound. In this case it's required to use the kien app to control the volume of the system. I will however do some research and see how we could improve this.

    I would like to provide a couple of clarifications and suggestions:

    • At this moment it is only possible to control the system via the kien app with one person at a time. This means that more than 1 user can control the system as long as they don't have the app open at the same time. 
    • It's currently only possible to switch between inputs through the app. It would however be technically possible to give some priority to the inputs. For example, a user could decide that if there is a stream coming from the optical input, this should have priority over the Wi-Fi/BT input. That would you could let the kien system play the sound of your TV without having to change the input in the app, and when the TV is off the input would automatically switch back to Wi-Fi/BT. Would that be a solution to your issue Paul?

    Florent

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  • Paul Jackson

    Yes Florent. That’s what I was thinking too. That would be great.

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  • Knud Nissen

    That could do the trick, maybe an hdmi interface would have been easier for controlling, anyway - let’s see how we can get the best possible setup.

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  • Mary Sayre

    Hello Florent, I would like to try using the function of OPTICAL input overruling other inputs when the tv is giving input. How can that be achieved? Thank you for your help!

     

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  • Florent Gatin

    Hi Mary Sayre, thank you for your message! I've sent you an email in order to understand your needs better. Please kindly check your inbox and your spam folder :) 

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