Originally Posted by Skippman
It seems like any system I look at is designed around the concept of "you'll use our stuff, and only our stuff" in much the same way as Apple does. I have nothing personally against Apple. I own an iPad3 and an iPhone4. However, I don't think I can see myself owning an Apple desktop.
In your parlance Ed, Savant definately does seem to be a more "open" system, although in this case I think the word "compatable" would be a better term. The fact you can see things in HTML does indeed lend itself to openness.
Yes, that's what I was trying to convey as well. I'd call it "properly leveraging the Internet/IT infrastructure and standards". Savant has done a good job of realizing where their value lies and what kind of company they should be. Building LCD control pads is not their business - that's just a gateway to their software and infrastructure... And being "developer friendly" helps get talented programmers up to speed quickly...
I wanna take a moment aside and comment on jauters theater room. That is damn impressive! I don't even want to guess as to how much you have in construction costs let alone equipment. I hope one day my final project will look as nice as that!
Thanks! The pie charts are in the thread, so you can figure it out from there. If you know how much these rooms cost, then mine was on the "cheaper" side. If you don't know how much they cost, then it was REALLY REALLY expensive...
I'm still in the data gathering phase. I think running as much CAT5E or CAT6 as I can is a good idea. I'll likely run RG6 as you suggest as it's not a substantial cost. Not sure I follow on the speaker wire issue, can you elaborate?
No one here will ever tell you that you ran too much wire.
CEA publishes a standard (must be purchased to read) for Whole House Audio wiring, which means that most the product manufacturers build their stuff to work with that standard. The standard can be summarized, for our purposes as:
1) Home run speaker wire from a central distribution point (the A/V closet, structured wiring center, etc.) to each "zone". Loop the speaker wire through a wall-switch-height plate on its way to stereo speaker locations in the walls/ceiling. This wall location becomes the location for either a volume control, in-wall amp, or control panel.
2) Run a Cat5e cable in parallel, terminating at the same wall plate.
Most installers run a 4-conductor speaker wire from the hub to the wall plate, then individual speaker wires to each speaker - easier to run that way and less wires to deal with at the head end.
If you follow that standard, you'll be set up for just about any whole house audio system.