I have an Airport Express plugged into my AVR receiver to add AirPlay capabilities to the receiver, for sending audio to 4 pairs of speakers/ceiling speakers (with a speaker switch in between to handle the multiple speakers). The receiver is a very old one and it works fine, except for the fact that I have to turn it on every time I want to AirPlay to it. Does anyone have an AirPlay 2 compatible AV recover they like, that is nearly instantaneous to “wake up” when you send audio to it via AirPlay 2? I find that I rarely send music to my ceiling speakers because of the friction of having to turn the receiver on, and just send it to the HomePod instead.
I’ve been looking at the Sonos Amp and the Denon AVR-X2500H, but can’t find any details about how “instant on” they are.