Are there any ~6 zone amps that have nice volume knobs (i.e. not screwdriver gain pots) in front but also allow for remote volume adjustment via cat 5 (or any hardwiring) from wall volume controls? Don't care about IR nor for $$ complex whole-house systems.
Those VCs are inline with the speaker cable, just a routine swap of existing VCs. Using a category cable will require motivation, time, and skills, AFAIK. You might consider Xantech for something like that.
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Thank you for the suggestions. So let's say I went with the Speakercraft VC...is there a 4 or 6--zone distribution amp out there where I can wire this VC to it (via the Cat5 wires)...I have both Cat5 (home run) and 4-conductor speaker wire to each zone.