I just moved into my new home, which came with a full system of in-wall speakers installed in every room (even the bathrooms!) but there is no amplifier to power the system, the former owner took that with him. The house was actually a foreclosure, so the old owner is long gone and I'm not able to contact him to ask my questions. It looks like a nice setup, I am somewhat of an audiophile (an audiophile on a budget) and I can tell that they used decent heavier gauge wire to connect everything and the speakers look like decent speakers, although I really don't have any experience with the "built-in" audio equipment, my sound systems have always been the kind that sit on the floor.
So, my question as what I would need as far as an amplifier to power the system. The wires all run down to the basement, where they connect into a Jamo zi 8 zone interface, which I see has 1 connection for an amplifier, so I am assuming that the Jamo zone interface sets up the right load as far as the ohm level goes so you can power everything with one 2 channel amp-am I correct on this? If I am correct, what kind of power would I need from an amp to properly power the system. (There are 8 pairs of speakers tied into the zone interface and it looks as if each pair has its own wall-mounted volume control, there are little wall-mounted volume knobs all over the house) Would I be able to power this with a "regular" receiver? (say one that puts out 100 watts/channel?) or would I need a beefier amp for all of those speakers? I'm not looking to get any extreme volume levels, I have a regular stereo system for that, I would think that most of the time it will be used for background music, maybe it would get turned up to a moderately loud level for a party, but I'm not looking for ear-splitting volume levels here.