Originally Posted by BC2210
That diagram helps clear things up! I believe I'm starting to understand my options. I also feel I may be over thinking this. I can only imagine how complicated it can get if you're putting audio in 8-10 rooms!!
Really, it's the transition from 2 or 3 zones to >3 where most of the complexity occurs. Adding the 8th or 10th zone is just a matter of money...
Edit: The house isn't extremely large. Its a 3/2, ~1600 sqft. From your original reply, that sounds still to be the easiest.
Ah, ok, so with those 2+2 zones, you may be covered. I'd still recommend home running all the speaker wire to a central place (along with cat5e's for control), but that central place can be your family room AVR location, as that could easily be the location for a small whole-house setup in the future, and simplifies your immediate wiring needs.
2 AVR's and 2 Sonos Connects. That's $700 in Sonos equipment!!! Would you still say so? The zones would not be very far at all from each other.
You can always start out with one Sonos and pipe the output (digital or analog) to both the family room AVR and over to your bedroom system. Just need (cheapest) 2x RG59's, or a cat5e (plus baluns) between the two locations.
Did you say an app would control an AVR's volume? I wonder if I would have control over both ZP90's with 1 app.
Multiple Sonos units are all controlled with the Sonos App. Volume from the analog output(s) are likely available there too (need to check that). Major brand AVRs with Internet functionality (Pandora, etc.) also have apps for controlling the AVR, which would include the Zone2 support.
I guess that way I could get around having to install extra amplifiers/volume control or keypad solution?
Yes, but since you're wiring new, plan for the potential. If you're not going to need volume controls or keypads now, you can bury the wire in the wall, document their location, and drywall as normal. If you need those later, pull out the photos, and punch through the drywall... Or you can install a blank plate over them now (depends really on your odds of upgrading and how much the blank plates bother you).
Is this similar? http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/m...oom-audio.html
That's a basic multi-room setup, yes. But doesn't solve your 5.1 setup for the MBR.