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raj824's Avatar raj824 10:20 AM 03-04-2013
All,

I'm having my basement finished by a contractor (see basement floor plan) and I plan to have a dedicated theatre room with 5.1 surround set-up. I plan to power my speakers with a multi-room receiver (such as with the Denon AVR-1913). That's pretty straight forward, right...well here is where I start to get a little confused.

I am also having a bar built in a separate area in my basement and I plan to have a TV located at the bar. As of right now, I plan to have two speakers in the bar area (probably to the left and right of the tv) and two speakers in the rec area (that would be sort of like rear speakers).

Reading through the av forum, it seems that installing a volume control switch would help control the volume of the tv in the bar area without having to constantly go to the theatre room to control volume. Questions for you guys:

1) What type of volume control switch should I buy?

2) How difficult will it be to connect the wires and HOW?

3) What type of wire should I buy?

After thinking about the above and becoming discouraged, I thought, how will I get the sound from my TV to the receiver. Seems to me I'd need a really long (and probably expensive) optimal cable to connect the TV to the receiver.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Feel free to mark up the floor plan with your suggestions on speaker location as well.

wildcat91's Avatar wildcat91 10:32 AM 03-04-2013
Take a look at nilesaudio.com They have a few different units for volume control. You'll likely either need to run two sets of 14 gauge two conductor or on set of 14 gauge 4 conductor wire.
raj824's Avatar raj824 12:17 PM 03-04-2013
What will determine if I need to run 2 conductor or 4 conductor wire?
jautor's Avatar jautor 12:47 PM 03-04-2013
Given your use case it may be simpler/cheaper/easier to just put an inexpensive AVR in the bar area, wire the TV/set-top box to it directly and power the game room speakers from there.

If you want to bring audio from the theater, a simple audio balun from MuxLab will do it over a cat5e cable...

Might get more opinions if you move this to the Home A/V Distribution sub-forum.

Jeff
raj824's Avatar raj824 01:00 PM 03-04-2013
After much thought, I decided that I only want audio from the theatre room going to the 4 speakers in the rec and bar area. If I use a volume control box, can I connect all 4 speakers to that 1 volume control box?
jautor's Avatar jautor 01:23 PM 03-04-2013
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After much thought, I decided that I only want audio from the theatre room going to the 4 speakers in the rec and bar area. If I use a volume control box, can I connect all 4 speakers to that 1 volume control box?

Yes. Use an impedance-matching volume control and pick 8-ohm speakers.
raj824's Avatar raj824 01:40 PM 03-04-2013
Should I used 14 gauge 4 conductor?
jautor's Avatar jautor 03:10 PM 03-04-2013
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Should I used 14 gauge 4 conductor?

For the runs between the volume controls and the central amp, yes, it's easier to keep track of (than two 2-conductor cables). From the volume control to the speakers, either run a 2-conductor to each speaker, or run 4-conductor in series (you'll splice off 2 conductors at the first speaker, send the other pair on to the other speaker).
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