CasaTunes Audio Manager Overview

The CasaTunes Audio Manager, or CAM for short, is the latest innovation from CasaTunes. It is designed to provide customers the best of both worlds.  It allows customers to combine their favorite music streamer with their favorite matrix amplifier (aka matrix switch or audio distribution system).

CAM is similar to the CasaTunes music streamer in the sense that it includes the same matrix switch management functionality that is part of the CasaTunes music streamer, but differs by requiring an external music streamer, like the SONOS Connect, for music.

The initial release of CAM supports SONOS music streamers and SONOS speakers only. Future releases will support additional music streamers (and speakers), targeting both residential and commercial markets.  

With CAM you can control one or more SONOS Connect music streamers depending on the number of different music streams required. For many households a single SONOS Connect device will suffice.

CAM works with many current and legacy matrix amplifiers, including those from Audio Authority, Acurus, Axium, CasaTunes, Dayton Audio, HTD, Leviton/HAI, Legrand/NuVo, Monoprice, RTI, Russound, SpeakerCraft, and Vanco/PusleAudio.

With CAM you can expand your existing whole house music system by simply adding one or more SONOS speakers and/or devices.  CAM automatically discovers your SONOS speakers and devices, and allows these to be seamlessly grouped with your existing matrix zones. Expanding your whole music system has never been easier.

CAM is the ideal solution for both retrofit and new installations. For retrofit installations, that is households that are currently using one of the matrix amplifiers that CAM supports, CAM upgrades the system to offer best in class multi-room audio. This includes adding Android and iOS App control, Alexa voice control, persistent room groups, multi-room volume control, AVR integration, waking up and sleeping to music, now playing metadata, music browsing and selection, home automation integration, Lutron integration, remote support, and much more.

For new installations, CAM is available bundled with one or more CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifiers. Each CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifier supports music in up to 6 rooms, and you can add up to six matrix amplifiers, for a total of 36 rooms. The CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifier also includes  six input sources.  These are used to connect your SONOS Connect devices, and can be used to connect additional source equipment, such as TVs, set top boxes, and other streamers.

Download the CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifier manual

Which CAM System do I need?

CT2-6Z
2 Analog Streams
6 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT2-12Z
2 Analog Streams
12 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT2-18Z
2 Analog Streams
18 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT2-24Z
2 Analog Streams
24 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT2-30Z
2 Analog Streams
30 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT2-36Z
2 Analog Streams
36 Rooms
Optional 120GB SSD Drive
CT5-6Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
6 Rooms
500GB Disc
CT5-12Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
12 Rooms
500GB Disc
CT5-18Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
18 Rooms
500GB Disc
CT5-24Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
24 Rooms
500GB Disc
CT5-30Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
30 Rooms
500GB Disc
CT5-36Z
4 Analog + 1 Digital Stream
36 Rooms
500GB Disc
Learn how to setup your CasaTunes system

How it works

CAM uses SONOS Connect devices connected to your matrix as both, a music streamer and as a gateway to other SONOS speakers.

Using the CasaTunes Apps for Android and iOS you can control the music and which rooms your music plays in. Use the Join Rooms option in the App to select any combination of matrix zones and/or SONOS speakers to play the music in.

Under the hood, CAM selects the SONOS Connect device on the matrix as the source for the selected matrix zones, and groups the SONOS Connect device with any selected SONOS speakers.

When you join a SONOS speaker to a matrix zone, CAM intelligently selects a SONOS Connect device to use if there is more than one SONOS Connect device connected to the matrix switch, groups this device with the SONOS speaker, then selects the SONOS Connect device as the source for the matrix zone.

The App makes it easy to join the rooms where you want to listen to your  music. Simply check each room in the Join Rooms screen, and to remove a room from the group, simply uncheck the room.

With CAM, you can seamlessly manage the volume for both matrix zones and SONOS speakers. Use the master volume control to change the group volume, and use the individual room volume controls to change the volume in a specific room.

If you find yourself often selecting the same group of rooms, and adjusting the volume in these rooms, you can save these settings as a CasaTunes Room Group.

Room groups simplify managing your music in multiple rooms.  When you turn on a room group, or join a room group, it powers on all the rooms that are part of the room group, sets the same source for each room, and adjusts the volume for each room appropriately.

Use room groups to implement Party Mode and Scenes.

Since CAM uses the official SONOS cloud based Control Application Programming Interface (API) to control SONOS Connect devices and any additional SONOS speakers, CAM displays much of the same information that is available in the SONOS App (see side-by-side Now Playing images above).

With CAM you can select to listen to any SONOS Favorite or Playlist.  If you would like to browse and search for other music, CAM makes it easy to open the SONOS App. Once you have completed selecting your music, press the top left button in the SONOS App to return back to the CasaTunes App.

We recommend creating a robust list of your SONOS Favorites and Playlists. This way you can quickly select your music without ever having to leave the CasaTunes App.

CAM automatically organizes your favorites based on the music service type (for example, Pandora), simplifying the selection process.

features

Scalable Solution

CAM can control up to 6 x CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifiers, for a total of 36 rooms

Flexible Power

Each CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifier can supply 6 rooms with 50W of power when connected to 8 ohm speakers. You can boost the power in a room to 100W by bridging amplifier outputs

Alternate Power Amplifier

The CasaTunes 6X6 matrix amplifier includes a pre-amplified line level output and a 12V trigger for each room, ideal for integrating an AV Receiver, or secondary power amplifier, to power the speakers in a room or large area. Alternatively, you can add a SONOS Connect Amp for those rooms where you need more power.

Input Sources

The matrix amplifier offers six input sources. Five are analog only. The 6th input source can be used either with a digital or analog source. These sources are used to connect one or more SONOS Connect devices. Any unused sources can be used to connect other music equipment, such as a TV, set top box, Google cast device, or other device

Expand your system

Expand your existing system by adding additional SONOS speakers and/or devices, such as SONOS One, SONOS Play:1, SONOS Play:5, SONOS Beam, SONOS Playbar, SONOS Playbase, SONOS Connect:Amp, and other SONOS devices

Music

SONOS offers a comprehensive list of music services, including Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2 (available on specific SONOS models), Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Tidal, TuneIn, and more. With CAM, you can quickly select your SONOS Favorites and Playlists from within the CasaTunes Apps, or you can intelligently switch to the SONOS App from the CasaTunes App when you want to browse and search for more music.

Wake up and Sleep to music

With CAM you can create any number of wake up alarms. Wake up to a SONOS Favorite or SONOS Playlist in a specific room at a specific time on certain days of the week, ramping up the volume gradually when you wake, and automatically shutting off the music at a later time. Similarly, you can schedule CAM to turn off the music in a room allowing you to gently fall asleep listening to your bedtime music.

Android and iOS Native Apps

The native CasaTunes Apps have been specifically designed for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets

AV Receiver Integration

With CAM, it is now easier than ever, to seamlessly integrate AV Receivers, including popular receivers from Denon, Harman Kardon, Integra, Marantz, NAD, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony and Yamaha, into your whole house music system

Voice Control

Control your whole house music system using your voice. Voice control requires an Alexa enabled product, such as a SONOS One, Amazon Echo or Echo Dot . You can use a single device to control your whole house, or you can use a device to control each room

Integration with Home Automation and Control Systems

CAM provides out-of-the-box integration for various popular control systems, including Control4, Compass Control, HDL, Lutron, RTI, URC and others

App Integration

The CasaTunes Apps provide simple 3rd party control and automation via a robust URL scheme

iOS Shortcuts

Shortcuts provide customers with an easy way to simplify and automate a complex sequence of actions. It even allows integrators to combine actions across multiple apps. Using Apple's Shortcuts Editor and CasaTunes' rich programming interface (REST API), you can create Shortcuts to automate just about anything you can do with the CasaTunes App

CAM server control options

CasaTunes provides various options for controlling CAM, including; the CasaTunes Serial API, Serial-over-IP API, and a robust RESTful API. The REST based API is used to develop the CasaTunes Android and iOS Apps

Automatic Updates

You can select to manually or automatically install updates. If automatic, you can specify the time of day to perform any updates.

Built-In Diagnostics And Notifications

CAM can monitor your Internet connection for outages and your CAM server for other issues. CAM automatically attempts to recover from any failures, and will notify you when it detects an issue, if it was able to recover, or if the system needs attention. This allows dealers to proactively manage their customer sites.

Remote Support

You can add remote access tools to remotely manage your customer's CAM server, often avoiding the expense and time it takes to travel to, and from, your customers home

CAM server administration

CAM separates Administrator tasks from End User tasks, minimizing the possibility of customers Inadvertently changing their configuration. CAM provides a separate browser based CasaSetup administration tool for configuring a customer's CAM server, and allows you to password protect access to CAM server settings in the CasaTunes Apps

Add smarts to 3rd Party Matrix Amplifiers

CAM makes it easier than ever to upgrade your customers existing audio distribution systems, adding music and whole house music control.

3rd Party Matrix Amplifiers

You can use CAM to control a third party matrix amplifier, including those from Acurus, Audio Authority, Axium, Leviton/HAI, Nuvo (now Legrand), RTI, Russound, SpeakerCraft, Vanco (PulseAudio), and more. Check out the 3rd party matrix amplifier compatibility list for more information.