I am looking to install ceiling speakers in almost every room in the house and would like some advice on the setup. Basically, I have a surround receiver with Zone 2 line-out capability. I was thinking of hooking up Zone 2 to amps to run speakers in two rooms, with a total of four amps. I don't really like all the 3rd party audio control gadgets, I just want to control a Mac with iTunes hooked up to the receiver, outputting to Zone 2. I can control the music playing from the Mac via my iPhone or iPad, giving me all the control I need in terms of the music, just not volume in each room.
I would like to know whether it would be possible to set up volume controls in each rooms, that bridge the connection from the amps to the ceiling speakers and hereby control the volume from the rooms individually? Is it OK to cut this connection and control the volume like that or would I risk bad sound?
Also, I was thinking of putting 2 amps in the basement for basement and mainfloor, and then 2 amps on the second floor for the second floor speakers and then running the L/R line-outs upstairs, instead of running the speaker wires upstairs. What would be best, and would there be a difference?
Unfortunately, since I am a new member, I cannot post the picture I have drawn of how I was thinking of having it setup or the components
Looking forward to hearing some advice. Thank you