We are renovating our 1938, two story, pier and beam home and I would like to add multi-room audio throughout the 1st floor. I want a simple system, do not need multi source in each room.
I am having a media cabinet built in the living room that will house a television and surround receiver. I'm planning on 5.1 audio in this room. I would like to add the multi-room equipment in the same cabinet as the surround receiver.
In addition to the speakers in the living room I would like to add in ceiling speakers in 4 other rooms (dining, kitchen, den and outdoor patio).
I would like to be able to turn each room on/off and also control the volume in each room. The 4-rooms only need to be capable of single-source because I'm only using the multi-room speakers for background music. I would, however, like the option to play the living room surround either independently or same source as the other rooms.
Ie. I want to have a football game going in the living room on the surround sound and music playing throughout the house. Then I want to be able to turn off the football game and have music playing in the living room on the surround and throughout the house.
What is the easiest way to get this done? Do I need to wire remotes in every room or can the volume be controlled with an IDevice?
Thanks in advance!