We're moving into a house that was built about 20 years ago and is prewired for 20-year-old technology. I was hoping I could detail what I'm already working with and what I want to accomplish and some of you could push me in the right direction from there.
The home run for speaker cables seems to be behind an entertainment center in the family room. This area basically consists of several single-gang boxes with what appears to be about 16-18g wire in stereo pairs. These feed into a Niles SPS-6 Speaker Selection System with front panel push-button selectors and a single stereo input. I currently have 5 zones (master bedroom, kids playroom, family room, living room, game room). Eash of these locations has a prewired Niles VSC-2D volume control on a nearby wall controlling an in-wall/ceiling pair of speakers (unknown brand/specs, I have yet to pull the grill off of one of them). And that's about it. They were powering the system with a single stereo receiver (that they took) near the SPS-6, and they manually punched the buttons to turn each zone on or off and controlled the volume by the wall switches. I know this system was fully functional when they lived here. It's main drawbacks are the need to be standing at the SPS-6 to turn zones on and off, and the limitation of a single audio source.
Here's my wish list:
The ability to add a 6th zone for the patio
The ability to play a different audio source in each zone, simultaneously.
The ability to use internet music sources (currently I use Spotify and Pandora mostly) as well as iTunes/MP3s from my media server.
The ability to control the music source and zones with the iFamily of devices (we currently own an iPad, 1 iPhone 4s, 1 iPhone 4, 2 iPhone 3GSs, 1 iPhone 3G, and an iPod touch, so this is a no-brainer).
I've looked at options including:
6 Sonos ZonePlayer 120s
6 Apple airport expresses and 6 individual stereo amplifiers with signal sense (I currently have 5 Marantz MA500s that I'm not using for anything. Would be nice to find a way to use them somehow).
6 airport expresses and a single mult-channel amplifier with signal sense and the ability to juggle multiple source inputs (Niles ZR6? suggestions?).
Some other solution?
Thanks for any input. I'll let you know what speakers I'm working with once I get a chance to pull off a grill or two.