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I recently purchased a home which was pre-wired for whole house audio. There are 5 speakers in the living room, and each other room has 2 speakers. Each room has a control knob mounted on the wall, I'm assuming for volume. I'd have to count but there's probably 7 sets of speakers.

I'm not entirely sure what I need to hook everything up.

Do I just need a receiver with 2 zones, then hook the second zone into an amp/speaker selector?
Do I need one of those fancy multi room receivers?

I'm okay with having one audio source play to each room, but what would I need if I wanted to play different sources in different rooms?

I'd like to keep the cost around $1500 or less if possible.
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I recently purchased a home which was pre-wired for whole house audio. There are 5 speakers in the living room, and each other room has 2 speakers. Each room has a control knob mounted on the wall, I'm assuming for volume. I'd have to count but there's probably 7 sets of speakers.
I'm not entirely sure what I need to hook everything up.
Do I just need a receiver with 2 zones, then hook the second zone into an amp/speaker selector?

That's the cheapest way to do it, and gets you a basic 2-zone setup. Make sure your chosen AVR has an "app" for remote control, otherwise you'll need to figure out a whole remote control / source control scheme. What you don't want to do is have a system that requires you to "go to it" to select something to play in another room. The setup won't get used much if it's a burden like that.
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Do I need one of those fancy multi room receivers? I'm okay with having one audio source play to each room, but what would I need if I wanted to play different sources in different rooms?

One of those fancy multi-room receivers. biggrin.gif I use mine practically every day in multiple rooms, so I'm a big fan of the systems in general.
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I'd like to keep the cost around $1500 or less if possible.

Take a look at the systems from HTD.com - they have systems that, with speakers, could be done for around that. Folks here have had good luck with the really cheap Monoprice in-ceiling speakers. I haven't used them, but if you go that route - stick to the 6.5" speakers. If you decide to "upgrade" them later, it's easier to find another 6.5" or 8" speaker to fill the holes. If you start with a larger (8") cheap speaker, you may find yourself limited in the upgrade path.

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So if I got a receiver like: Denon-AVR-2312C that has 2 zones, and a selector like SSVC-6

That should work?

The speakers are already in the ceilings, so no need for speakers.
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So if I got a receiver like: Denon-AVR-2312C that has 2 zones, and a selector like SSVC-6
That should work?

If the speakers were already installed - do you have local volume controls in the rooms? If not, yes, the SSVC would be a good choice. But note that if that's your volume/on/off control location for all the rooms, you're into the area I would avoid - having to go to the central hub to affect the music in a zone.

Usually the pre-wired systems will have a volume control location in the room. If so, you don't need the volume controls of the SSVC and can use a cheaper switch.

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Yes, there are volume knobs in each room.

Can you suggest a cheaper switch? I need one that supports 6 rooms.
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If you have volume controls in each room, and they are impedance-matching, you don't need a switch, just connect all the wires together. If the controls are NOT impedance-matching, a selector with impedance-matching would be necessary. But in either case, you'll want to leave all the zones "on" at the switch, and adjust volume locally. Again, you don't want to force a trip to the closet to turn on/off something every time you want to use the system.

Something like this, if you need it:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-608

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