We are upgrading our theater from an M7CL-ES to a CL5 and are currently looking at the best way to add more than 64 remote input sockets. The M7 is expanded with AuviTran AVY16 ES-100 Ether-sound cards and additional Yamaha Ethersound Stage boxes to get the input socket count up via the card slots. Our thought was to reuse an Ethersound stage box and one of the cards to get us up to the target 80 remote sockets to patch on the CL5.
The more costly but slightly less versatile option is to buy the RIO 1608 and a use Dante Controller to patch the inputs over to the console when needed. Or we could buy a Dante card for the slot and run a secondary network. (basically the same idea as the Ethersound option that we currently own)
I cant find anywhere about whether or not the CL5 could control the head amps remotely through the Ethersound card like the M7.
Is there a better option I should be considering?