My fiance got me an Sonos Connect:Amp for Christmas, which I swapped in and got two plain connects (ZP90) instead (diff in price not THAT big
) and I'm planning a multi-room setup for our apartment.
So here's the current basic plan:
Rewire so everything goes to a central media closet
5.1 in-wall speakers + our 52" in living room
2 in-wall speakers in office
2 in-wall speakers in kitchen
2 outdoor speakers on the terrace
Dayton Audio DTA-100a amplifiers for all regular speakers and
Dayton Audio APA150 for the in-wall sub (not allowed to post URLs, but both amps are available on parts-express)
1 Airport Express connected to line-in on one of the Sonos Connects
I'm going for a two-zone solution for starters, living room being one zone, and the other zone being "the rest". I'm not interested in keypads so I will only go for speaker wire except to/from the 52". Video source is a HTPC (only).
The HTPC can output analog or digital (optical or coax) 5.1 sound. So now on to my questions:
Should I have the HTPC in the living room or in the media closet (transporting HDMI + digital 5.1 coax + IR signals over cat6 cable and then have a surround decoder in the closet, or even analog audio over regular analog cable)?
Would it make sense to just sum the outputs of the HTPC for the FR+FL (and maybe SR+SL) with the outputs from the Sonos Connect before the amps to share the same speakers? Or maybe use auto-sensing switches? I don't want to use a receiver that has to be switched over to the correct source input etc for this, it should be completely hassle-free (WAF is really important).
Another option is to feed the FR+FL into the line in of one of the Sonos Connects and have it auto-switch to that input with full volume (it can do that) if surround audio starts to play in the living room zone, but I think I want the music to play in both front and rear speakers at the same time...
And, oh, this is retro-fitting. I'd like to do as little damaging work as possible since we don't need to renovate our apartment like, at all, at the moment really
I'll probably do all the wiring behind the floor spline (is that what it's called in english?).
Am I'm completely off in my thinking? Thoughts? Inputs?