I purchased a home in which I'd like to install a whole house audio system. I have the following requirements:
- High sound quality
Number of zones/rooms: 8 minimum up to 12
Inputs required: 4 minimum
Speakers: Various, I will supply speakers, and would like the flexibility of using in-wall/ceiling or free standing speakers.
Controls: Ability to control volume, track selection, and mute from using either a universal remote, iPhone, iPad, and/or wall consoles.
Home theater integration: I am going to tie the outputs from our home theatre system into the whole house audio system so that television/movie audio can be listened to everywhere.
Nice to haves:
- Centrally located amplifier(s)
Multi room IR repeaters
Wireless music input, ie. bluetooth audio from iPhone USB input either memory stick or external hard drive for digital music
The house is three stories, including an unfinished basement. I have access to the attic, and can run cables to any required location for control consoles and speakers.
The current system I am considering is a "Home Theater Direct" Lync12 but I cannot find a lot of reviews on it.
If there are wireless systems that are more reasonably priced than a Sonos system, I'd consider those as well.
Someone also suggested an Elan system, but it looks like I'd have to have it installed. I am looking to do the work myself so I can get a higher quality system for the same price.
My budget is flexible and depends on features, however, I am not spending $499 per room (for Sonos Connect:Amps)
I'd like a recommendation for at least three systems other than the HTD and Sonos systems including pricing, features, and industry review information.
Thank you in advance for your advice.