Originally Posted by My Dream
I get it now, in other words I could get radio stations through the MPS4e so no need for a seperate tuner.
Yes, sorry, that's exactly what I meant. I could have been more direct...
The reason I asked about this is I've seen used Concerto's on ebay for around $500.00 wich the GC OLED keypads for say $150.00 each X 6 =$900.00, I'm thinking that maybe a lower priced way for entery into the NuVo world, The new MPS4e on Ebay seem to go for around $2400.00 but still that does't get me down to my $6000.00 budget since I still need to source speakers.
A used Concerto on eBay will likely be the old "Concerto", which is not the same thing and is incompatible in terms of the sources and keypads. Certainly is not a Grand Concerto if it's selling for under $1k used. There was an upgrade path from NuVo for the Concerto (basically a guts swap), but unlikely to be an economical path to the Grand Concerto. The GC kit comes with 6 OLED keypads at the MSRP of $4200. A good price from a dealer would be at least 30% off list.
Budget is always an issue, but I will say this is an area that I was hesitant to spend what I did as well (even though I'm a classic AVS stereotype). But with the functionality and easy-of-use these provide when done right (as opposed to lesser systems without keypads/displays or zone-independence), I don't regret any of the dollars spent, and highly recommend the setup. I use mine every day.
The reason I ask is....since my plan is to have 6 zones than I've maxed out the GC unit, adding another zone would cost say another $500.00 for the P2100 amp and another $200.00 for the OLED display, seems a high price when wanting to add one speaker to an ensuite and yes for another $200 for the OLED, I could get one more zone.
The P2100 is expensive - I used an AudioSource AMP-100 for <$100 and bought an OLED keypad off eBay for $100-125 to reach my 7th zone.
Thanks again for the reply Jeff and since you're the only one that has replied then I would assume the NuVo GC is the only system the best suits my needs other then the budget?
There is a system with similar capabilities and pricing from Russound.
Now I'm curious as to which set up you went with in the GC?
Not sure what you mean, here's my configuration... I have the NuVo Grand Concerto along with with the NuVo MusicPort server (the PC-based version of the MPS4 software, long discontinued) and an T2 XM/AM/FM tuner. Now using all eight GC zones with a few rooms combined (at the back end) to keep within the eight zones. I've really got 10 rooms with keypads - two rooms are sharing zones (and I have the garage pre-wired). I have 3 external amps to get all 10 rooms powered (an AudioSource AMP-100, AMP-6.2, and a NuVo D460 (which I got for cheap!). If I could pick up GC Expansion unit for cheap, I'd use it in place of all the external amps and have a couple of zones left for the garage and, hmmm, I think every room is covered that I can get to...