Source Routes

Use the Source Routes screen to configure audio and video source routing behavior for the Crestron Home system.

Media sources and content items may be routed to the appropriate endpoints in one or more rooms across the system. Rooms may also be defined as media zones so that the room's media sources may be controlled from the user control interface.

To view the Source Routes screen, select Build System > Source Routes on the Setup screen or on the setup menu.

NOTES:

  • The button to the left of an input channel name navigates to the input device's source routing selections.
  • The button to the right of an output channel name navigates to the output device's source routing selections.

Enable or Disable a Media Zone

Enable the media zone feature for a room to configure source routing. When the media zone feature is enabled:

To enable or disable the media zone feature for a room:

  1. Select a room from the left screen menu.
  2. Select the Enable Media Zone checkbox to enable the media zone feature or clear the Enable Media Zone checkbox to enable the media zone feature.

Configure Source Routes

NOTEs: Observe the following points when configuring source routes:

  • If two media sources are routed to a DM NVX® device (via the Input 1 and Input 2 ports), they may not be used at the same time. For example, if switching from Input 1 to Input 2 in a media zone, all media zones where Input 1 is selected switch to Input 2.
  • Route CEC devices to the HDMI® input that matches the Control Port that was assigned to the device.
  • If the audio signal for a video source is routed to a SWAMP audio expander endpoint, the video will display but no audio will be heard. This behavior occurs because the SWAMP device is warming up and is corrected within a few seconds.

To configure source routing behavior for a media device:

  1. Select a room from the left screen menu and then select a media device from the provided options.

  2. Assign an input source:
    1. Tap an input channel from the Inputs list. The available sources are displayed.
    2. Select the source connected to the input.

  3. Assign an output source:
    1. Tap an output channel from the Outputs list. The available output destinations are displayed.
    2. Select the destination for the selected channel.

      NOTE: For devices with one audio or video output (such as the HD-MD4X1-4KZ or DM-NVX-363):

      • The default destination for the single audio or video output is the room where the device is added. For example, Living Room is assigned to the audio output for a DM-NVX-363 that is added to a room named Living Room.
      • For configurations that do not use the audio or video output, change the audio or video output to None.
  4. Configure the audio input and output channels:
    1. Tap Settings next to an audio input or output channel.
    2. Configure the available audio settings.

Audio Breakaway

Audio Breakaway is enabled when a room can play an audio source that is different than its video source. For example, watching a sporting event on the TV but listening to music instead of the sporting event.

NOTES:

  • DM-NVX-D30, DM-NVX-E30, DM-NVX-360(C), and DM-NVX-363(C) devices do not support audio breakaway over the network stream.
  • Audio breakaway is supported for DM-NVX-360(C) and DM-NVX-363(C) devices if the DM-NVX receiver is:

    • Receiving an audio stream over the network from a transmitter and a video source is connected to the receiver's HDMI input.
    • Receiving an video stream over the network from a transmitter and an audio source is connected to the receiver's HDMI input.

Configure Bridging and Bussing

Outputs for certain Crestron amplifiers and expanders can be bridged or bussed.

  • Bridging Outputs: To bridge outputs, assign two output channels capable of bridging to the same output destination. If the channels can be bridged, a dialog is displayed asking if the channels should be bridged or bussed.
  • Bussing Outputs: To buss outputs, assign output channels to the same output destination. A dialog is displayed asking if the channels should be bridged or bussed.

In the image below, Speaker Output 1 and Speaker Output 2 are bridged and Speaker Output 3 and Speaker Output 4 are bussed.

Configure CEC Devices

To configure source routes for CEC devices, perform the following steps:

  • Connect the CEC device to one of the following devices that provide CEC control:

    • DM Switchers (for example, the DM-MD8X8 or DM-MD16X16)
    • DM-NVX Devices (for example, the DM-NVX-351 and DM-NVX-360)
    • AV Switchers (for example, the HD-MD4x1-4KZ-E and HD-MD8X4-4KZ-E)

      NOTE: The Crestron Driver based AV Switchers (HD‑MD4X1‑4K‑E, HD‑MD4X2‑4K‑E, and HD‑MD6X2‑4K‑E) do not provide CEC control.

  • Select the Control Point on the device settings screen. The CEC device must be connected to the control point that is selected.

    In the illustration that follows, the Control Point selected for the Chromecast Ultra is Input 1 on the DM‑NVX‑351C located in the Equipment room.

  • Assign the CEC device to the HDMI® input that matches the Control Point assigned to the CEC device.

    In the illustration that follows, the Chromecast Ultra is routed to Input 1 on the DM‑NVX‑351C located in the Equipment room.

Configure DM NAX™ Audio Routing

The DM NAX™ audio-over-IP devices have, depending on the model, source inputs for digital and analog audio and AES67, and outputs for speakers, line-level audio, and AES67. The AES67 input can receive audio from any DM NAX AES67 stream on the network, while the output transmits audio for all active sources to the network.

Assign Input and Outputs

  1. To assign Inputs:

    1. Select an input to open the list of available audio inputs.

    2. Select the audio input device that is physically connected to the Input.

  2. To assign Outputs:

    1. Select an output to open the list of available rooms and devices.

    2. Select the room or device that is physically connected to the output.

Available Inputs and Outputs for DM-NAX-8ZSA

Available Inputs and Outputs for DM-NAX-16AIN

Input and Output Settings

Configure the audio settings for the input and outputs.

To configure the input settings:

  1. Tap Settings next to an audio input.

  2. Use the up and down arrows to adjust the Input Compensation.

To configure the speaker output settings:

Note: A source must be routed to the speaker in order to configure the settings.

  1. Tap Settings next to a speaker output.

  2. To set the volume levels, select Volume.

    To adjust the volume levels, press Raise or Lower.

    1. Current Volume: The current volume.

    2. Startup Volume: Displays the volume used when the speakers are turned on. To save the current volume level as the start up volume, select Set Volume For Start-Up.

    3. Minimum Volume: The minimum volume that allows audio to be heard.

    4. Maximum Volume: The maximum volume of the speakers. Set the maximum volume to protect the speakers and the listener.

    5. Offset Volume: (For bussed outputs only.) The volume added to the overall zone volume.

  3. To set the sound profile, select Tone.

    1. Tone Profile: Select an audio profile for the speaker output.

    2. Night Mode: Lowers the audio levels for night listening so that the bass and treble are not too loud while allowing speech to be heard. To select the level setting, select Low, Medium, or High.

    3. Loudness: Select to increase the bass and treble levels.

    4. Bass and Treble: Select Raise and Lower to adjust the Bass and Treble levels. To set the level to 0, select Flat.

  4. To set the speaker balance, select Balance.

    1. Use the left and right arrows to adjust the left-to-right balance of the speaker. To center the balance, press Center.

    2. Select Stereo or Mono to match the output configuration. When Mono is selected, the balance settings are not applied.

Source Routes for Apple AirPlay Streaming

To use Apple® AirPlay® to stream audio, use a DM-NAX-8ZSA 8-zone streaming amplifier. To turn on and configure airplay, use the DM NAX™ device's web user interface.

For information about the end-user experience, refer to Apple AirPlay Control.

When configuring Apple AirPlay streaming, consider the following:

  • AirPlay turns on automatically when source routes connections are made.
  • AirPlay is enabled for outputs that lead to a single room.
  • To turn off AirPlay in a room, disable AirPlay using the DM NAX™ device's web user interface.
  • AirPlay turns off automatically for a zone when a source routes connection is broken
  • The casting name on the mobile device matches the name of the room in the Crestron Home system.

Configure Multizone AVRs

Multizone AVRs can be configured to use the additional zone outputs on the AVR and route audio to other rooms in the system. For audio sources, this allows audio to be output to the main room with the option to output audio to an additional room. For video sources, this allows audio and video to be output to the main room with the option to output audio to an additional room.

In the Crestron Home user interface, an audio tile is displayed in each room configured as an additional zone. The audio tile allows control of the main zone.

To configure an addition zone, configure the Zone Speaker Output to route the audio to the desired room.

In the image below, the Living Room Blu-ray and Living Room Cable media sources are routed to the Inputs on the Living Room AVR, the Main (video) is routed to the Living Room TV, the Main Speaker Output is routed to the Living Room Destination Audio, and the Zone 2 Speaker Output is routed to the Master Bedroom Destination Audio.

Mirror Displays

Mirror displays to view the same source on multiple displays at the same time. When a source is routed to a mirrored display, all mirrored displays show the source.

NOTES:

  • Configure the source routes so that all displays in the mirrored display group can view the source.
  • If a display in a mirrored display group can't display the active source, the display is turned off.
  • All mirrored displays are shown in the Crestron Home user interface.
  • Hide one or more mirrored displays to prevent duplicate controls from showing in the Crestron Home user interface. For details, refer to Display Settings.

To mirror displays, follow these steps:

  1. Select a display from the device menu.

  2. In the Outputs menu, select Room Video. The menu lists the available rooms and displays; the current display is selected.

  3. Select the display that you would like to mirror. Displays that can be mirrored are named (Mirror [Display Name]).

  4. After a selection is made, the name of the connection updates to show the name of the mirrored display and the number of displays that are mirroring the display. For example, .[Current Display Name] + [Number of mirrored displays].

  5. To add an additional display to the mirror group, perform the steps above using a different display and then select the mirror group. The name of the mirror group updates to show the number of additional displays in the mirror group.

Source Routes for CNAMPX Series Amplifiers

To make sure that CNAMPX series amplifiers' room outputs are turned on and off during audio grouping and after a power outage, turn on and off the outputs using Sequence Quick Actions and Media Zone Events.

Using the following configuration, when a source is routed to the CNX-PAD8A, Media Zone Events and Sequence Quick Actions turn on and off the outputs on the CNAMPX series amplifier. For an overview of this process, refer to the steps below:

  • Make all of the physical connections in system.

    • Connect the source that feeds the CNAMPX series amplifier. For example, connect the CNX-PAD8A's Line Outputs to the CNAMPX series amplifier's Room Inputs or connect multiple Sonos devices to the CNAMPX series amplifier's Room Inputs.

    • Connect the CNAMPX series amplifier's speaker outputs to the speakers in each room or audio zone.

  • Create the source routes.

    • Route the audio to the Output for the device that sends audio the CNAMPX series amplifier. For example, select a room for Room Audio 1 in the Output on the CNX-PAD8A.
    • Do not assign inputs or outputs to the amplifier; although physical connections are made to the CNAMPX series amplifier, they are not modeled in the source route.
    • The room assignments on the device that sends audio to the CNAMPX series amplifier serve as the media zones, not the amplifier.
  • Create sequence quick actions for each output on the CNAMPX series amplifier.

    • Create a sequence quick action that turns the channel on.
    • Create a sequence quick action that turns the channel off.
    • The sequence quick actions will be used to turn on and off the outputs on the amplifier when audio is routed to the zone or when audio is grouped using the Crestron Home user interface.
  • Configure media zone events to turn the channel on and off when audio is routed to the channel.

    • The Media Zone On event triggers the sequence quick action to turn the channel on.
    • The Media Zone Off event triggers the sequence quick action to turn the channel off.

To create source routes that include a CNXAMPX series amplifier, follow these steps:

  1. For each output that feeds the CNAMPX series amplifier, assign a room that corresponds to the amplifier for the Room Audio output.

  2. Do not assign source routes to the Input or Output on the CNAMPX series amplifier.

  3. Create two Sequence Quick Actions for each output on the CNAMPX series amplifier; one to turn on the output and one to turn off the output.

    NOTE: Hide the Quick Actions to prevent them from displaying in the Crestron Home user interface.

  4. Configure the Media Zone On and Off events in each room with a speaker output on the CNAMPX series amplifier. For details, refer to Media Zone Events.

    1. Go to Step 5: Customize & Schedule > Customize Actions & Events > Select a Room > Media Zone Events and then select Media Zone On or Media Zone Off.
    2. Select Quick Actions from the Mode drop-down menu.
    3. Go to the room and then select the power on or power off quick action.

Source Routes for SmartTV Audio Routed to an AVR

When a Smart TV has its audio output connected to an audio input on an AVR, Crestron Home will route audio for AV sources directly connected to the AVR through the Smart TV and then back to the AVR. As a result, Crestron Home will use the Smart TV's audio input on the AVR instead of the AV source's audio input.

To make sure that audio from an AV source connected to an AVR does not route through a TV and back to the AVR, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Pair Devices > Other and then add two Universal A/V Adapter devices to the room. Name the devices AV Adapter 1 and AV Adapter 2. For details, refer to Other Devices.
  2. Select the AVR and then assign AV Adapter 1 - Generic A/V 1 to the AVR's HDMI Output.

    NOTE: In the image below, the AVR device is named AVR and the HDMI output for this device is labeled Main.

  3. Select AV Adapter 1 and then assign AV Adapter 2 - Generic Video 3 to the Generic Video 5 Output.

  4. Select AV Adapter 2 and then assign a video input on the Smart TV to the Generic A/V 1 Output.

Configure the Available Sources

Use the Available Sources tab to assign the Default Sources and Allowed Sources for the room.

  • Default Sources: Sets the default room on behavior. The auto-select source and default source can both be selected for the default room on behavior.
    • Auto-Select Source: A source that is playing in another room can be selected to play in the room currently occupied. The source will then play in both rooms.

      NOTES: 

      • The Auto-Select Source takes precedence over the Default Source if a source is playing in another room when the current room is turned on.
      • The rooms are not permanently linked. Changes to the source in the current room will not affect the source in the other room.
    • Default Source: The defined source that starts playing when the room is turned on. If the auto-select source is not playing media, the default source starts playing.

  • Allowed Sources: The sources that are displayed in the Crestron Home user interface.

To configure the available sources in the room:

  1. Select a room from the left screen menu and then tap the Available Sources tab. The Default Sources and Allowed Sources lists are displayed.

  2. Tap the gear icon next to the source names in the Default Sources menu.

  3. Select a room as the auto-select source from the Auto-Select From menu. The Auto-select From Room menu displays all rooms in the system that have devices that can be played in the current room. The default room is None.

    NOTES:

    • A source route broken icon () is displayed next to the selected room in the Auto-select From Room menu if the room selection no longer has a common source with the current room.
    • Multiple rooms can identify the same room in the Auto-select From Room drop down. For example, Kitchen, Dining Room, and Atrium rooms can select Living Room from the Auto-select From Room drop down.
  4. Select the Use audio of the source routed to this display when turning on the room check box to make sure that the audio from the auto-select source associated with this display is routed to this room.
  5. Select a device as the default source from the Default Source menu. The Default Source menu displays all media sources in the system that can be played in the current room. The default source is None. The default source can also be None or Use last Source.
    • None: No source is displayed by default. A blank screen is displayed.
    • Use last Source: The source that was last used is displayed.
  6. Tap Save to save the current settings, or tap Cancel.
  7. Select the sources that are displayed in the Crestron Home user interface device. The Allowed Sources menu displays all of the sources in the system that can be played in the current room. A filled check box indicates that the source will be displayed in the room.

Reorder Sources

The order of the sources in the Allowed Sources menu matches the order that the sources appear in the Crestron Home user interface.

To reorder sources, tap and hold a source until it turns green and then drag it to a new location.

Preferred Routing

Set the audio endpoint for each audio source that can be routed to the room in the Preferred Routing tab.

To set the audio endpoint for a source, follow these steps:

  1. From the left menu, select a room.
  2. Tap the Preferred Routing tab. The Source menu displays the sources that can be routed to the room and the Audio Endpoint menu displays the audio endpoints that can play the selected source.

  3. From the Source menu, select a source.

    Note: The Apple AirPlay source is displayed only when enabled and routed to a single room. For additional details, refer to Source Routes for Apple AirPlay Streaming.

  4. From the Audio Endpoint menu, select an audio endpoint to play the source.