Well, I just moved in to a new townhouse, and would like to get whole house audio setup, but I need help in determining what components to use for the custom setup necessary.
Due to the construction of the house (built INCREDIBLY well insulated with foam and the studs/joists are braced every 6 feet or so), running new wires is basically out of the question. Fortunately, the MBR, Kitchen, Dining Room, and Rooftop garden are prewired with two speaker wires each, but no cat5 control (I guess what happens when a builder/electrician wires it with no idea how whole house audio works). So I can get audio to each room no problem from my AV rack, but every system I have come across needs a keypad for each room.
I figure that if there was a whole-house amp that was fully controllable via rs232 (i.e. can turn on rooms, changes sources, and change volume for each room via the rs232 on the amp) that I can easily add it to the CQC/elk m1 gold system I am going to be adding soon. The other idea I had was just to find some dirt cheap stereo amplifiers that were rs232 controllable, and I could just get one for each zone.
Do any of the distribution amps have this ability over rs232, or do they all require the keypads to work properly? Do such cheap (~$100 each) stereo amps with rs232 control exist? Or are there any other ways that I could accomplish this that I'm not thinking of?