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I am looking to install a 4 zone 1 source system in a house I bought and I plan on flipping. Since I am selling I want the cheapest system you guys have seen. I need amplified keypads. I have ran speaker wire and cat6 to the wall plates. Has anyone seen a good deal on a system like this?
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So you ran wiring for an A-Bus system only? Or did you do it correctly and home-run the speaker wire as well?

A used Russound or Niles A-Bus system from eBay would be your best bet. Cheap, but usable. Monoprice in-ceiling speakers - use the 6.25" so the buyer can easily upgrade in the future.

Unless you plan on having the system running during any showings, I don't think you'll get much, if anything, for adding the system, assuming this is an entry/mid-level house for flipping. Noting that the house is "pre-wired" may do just as much good.

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I ran 2 sets cat6 and speaker wire to every face plate. Shoul dI have run something different?
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I ran 2 sets cat6 and speaker wire to every face plate. Shoul dI have run something different?

If you mean you home-run all of those, then you did good. Assuming you also ran wires from the keypad/volume location to the speaker locations, too! biggrin.gif

If you only home-run the cat6, you've limited yourself to an A-Bus (or Digi-5) system.

If you did home-run everything, I'd just install volume controls and speakers (assuming in-ceiling), and use a stereo amp for demonstration purposes (during open house), advertise it as whole-house-audio-ready, and not invest in any system gear.

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Ok so if I just go with an airplay enabled amp and 4 zones of speakers, will the Denon AVR-1613 be able to power 8 in ceiling speakers. They are the the POLK polkmc80 in ceiling speakers. Also is there a cheap place to buy in wall volume controls?
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Ok so if I just go with an airplay enabled amp and 4 zones of speakers, will the Denon AVR-1613 be able to power 8 in ceiling speakers. They are the the POLK polkmc80 in ceiling speakers. Also is there a cheap place to buy in wall volume controls?

You'll need either an impedance-matching speaker selector, or impedance-matching volume controls. There are cheap volume controls, but folks have had issues with their impedance-matching not really doing a good job.

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So the wattage output In that avr will be ok on a stero setup. Can you suggest volume controls.?
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So the wattage output In that avr will be ok on a stero setup. Can you suggest volume controls.?

It'll be just fine... I'd recommend a name-brand control like Xantech or Niles. Folks have not had good impedance-matching luck with the inexpensive Monoprice variety. It would certainly be better for your future buyer if the volume controls did proper impedance-matching.

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Has anyone heard of Bic America volume controls?
http://www.acoustechspeakers.com/showpage.php?brand=2&type=14&spkrID=61
Thye are priced around $30, just wondering if there impedance matching is Ok to run my 8 ohm polks?
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