What do I need for my budget whole-house music system? I'm a bit of a n00b to this (somewhat), but I read a lot and do the research and have an IT background.
I have a Yamaha RX-V663 - I think I can only have two zones with this, correct? Basically that means the whole house can play only the same one channel of music if I am using the HT in the living room, correct?
I have 12' ceilings.
- I would like HT setup in the living room (PICTURE OF LIVING ROOM HERE
), which is wired for fronts and rears (no center, but there are built-ins so I could put one somewhere, as well as have bookshelf fronts instead of in-ceiling - seeking counsel on this as well)
- two speakers wired with volume controls in each of 3 bedrooms, office, dining room and patio
I've done some hours of research and am requesting validation or alternative recommendations:
Although I haven't concluded yet, the price/performance for the Moniprice in-ceiling speakers is tempting, at least for whole-house music applications. I've read the following threads (among others) in their entirety:Monoprice in-wall, in-ceiling speakersRecommended In-Ceiling Speakers
I would like to have a bit better home theater front and surrounds, something directional, perhaps I should consider something like this?:ICE870 Kevlar LCR Home Theatre 8" Ceiling Speaker
or Emphasys CL85 8" 175-Watt LCR 2-Way In-Ceiling Speaker
The rooms/areas are wired for volume controls, but I have also noticed volume controls have specs of their own, not sure how much this matters, I was just looking for inexpensive (like THESE
for $18 or THIS
cool sliding switch for $21), but not sure what I should get (does the switch wattage matter? the resistance?). Are there smarter alternatives that are better quality (if it makes a difference) or a bit more but have selection options like high-end systems or something? Perhaps my standard wiring wouldn't support it (not sure what the wiring that was done, it came with the house, I figure it is just normal but not sure what types are done, it certainly isn't cat5).
I really appreciate any assistance.