I began planning a whole house audio system in early 2007 as I had just moved into a new house. Half of the basement is unfinished so I decided I should think about running wires to the rooms above while I could. I also have a large detached garage that I was going to begin finishing on the inside. This provided me with the opportunity to run wires there as well.
Before I knew it, my wiring job turned into a full blown whole house (and garage) audio project. I will use this thread to document the system including pictures of key areas in the system.
The audio system that I chose was the NetStreams DigiLinx
IP based system. This seemed like a very flexible system as all devices communicate with each via my home network. This allows me the ability to locate equipment anywhere in the house as long as I have a network connection available. It also has the advantage of locating the speaker amps as close to the speakers as possible (within reason) to eliminate signal loss and degredation. Each touchscreen/keypad in the system has intercom capability so this will prove to be a valuable feature especially between the house and garage.
In order to buy/install the DigiLinx equipment I had to go through their dealer network; however, I worked it out with my dealer so that I could run the cable and install the devices. All the dealer really has to do is help me configure the system. Listed below is the equipment that I'm starting out with:
7 zone system:
6 - 20Watt speaker amps (SpeakerLinx)
1 - 50 Watt speaker amp
2 - 3.8" in-wall touch screens
3 - 10 button keypads
1 - IR controller w/ 10 button remote
1 - programmable media converter (MediaLinx)
1 - 24 port high speed ethernet switch (SwitchLinx)
1 - 8 output DC power supply (PowerLinx)
1 - Parasound programmable Z-tuner (AM/FM tuner)
1 - PC running Windows XP Pro
1 - 19" 20U swingout rack
7pr Sonance speakers 621, 622, 623 symphony seriesAdd-ons:
I have recently expanded the system to include additional sources. A PC streaming Internet content and the NetStreams Streaming Music Manager (SMM100). Details on page two.More Add-ons:
I have added another zone and upgraded existing zones to the high wattage amplifier. I am also adding video distribution equipment and remote control capabilities. Details on page two.Setting Up Remote Control:
I have figured out how to control the system with a Harmony universal remote. Details on page two.
In the next series of posts, I will detail the installation of the various cable runs required for the system.
I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.