Originally Posted by El Burrito
Hmmm, I will consider the in room volume control then. But I really don't like the aesthetic aspect of them and I have my phone on me 95% of time. So for the 5% I don't I think I am too lazy to not go get it, lol. Would I still be able to control the volume over the phone then and override the volume control in the rooms?
Yes, both methods are just controls into the same system. Nothing I can do about the aesthetics, except suggest a "better" system that has better-looking keypads.
So when I have the in-wall rated wire I don't need a conduit?
Local codes will vary, but generally in the US low-voltage cables like speakers and cat5e do not have to be in conduit. If you're doing this as a retrofit less likely it would be required. If you can see any new construction "in action" around your location, you can take a look and see what the standard practice is currently.
Home run everything would mean to run a dedicated cable to each speaker and not just connect two speakers together up there right?
Right - more about not splicing / connecting two rooms together to save wiring - run everything back to your central location.
So you would suggest not even using a CB plate? I kinda like the 'cleaner' look of it. Are there any disadvantages, especially sound wise?
Won't matter sound wise, but you may need a 3 gang plate at least. A cable bundle, especially if "dressed" and/or covered with a cable sleeve, will, IMO, look better than a big faceplate with a bunch of wires and connectors exposed.
What would you consider a really big room?
I'm in Texas, so that's a loaded question...
For example, my game room is like 20 x 18, I have four speakers (better sound coverage), but they run comfortably off of a 60W amp.
So which of the speakers would you suggest? Or is there something better out there? Planning on doing this only once and hope to not have to upgrade later so I'd rather spend more now and be happy in the long run w/o always thinking about switching them out.
Not recommending anything different - just cautioning about moving to 8" speakers... Don't do that for "volume". But if at all possible, look for reviews / recommendations on specific models - there are a lot of really crappy in-ceiling "architectural" speakers. I have Boston Acoustics, Definitive Tech and NuVo speakers in my ceilings. I've upgraded several NuVo pairs - they're not bad, but nothing to write home about, either. At the budget-end, I've been happy with Polk in-ceiling models, too.
Haha, kinda threw that in cause I've read it and your replies in many other threads and cause I kinda got a legitimate excuse with the aids
But as I said I'd rather spend a little more now and be happy longterm.
SORRY - I'LL TYPE LOUDER!
What would be the best way to put an additional on/off switch between the amp and the outdoor speakers so they don't blast on accident at night?
Keep them on a separate zone. A keypad is a good way to deal with that, so that you have to be in the area to turn it on (the iPhone controls make that non-fool-proof now...). I wouldn't recommend another switch, as you'll then find it's always in the wrong position when you want to use it. If you can install a simple light switch outside (probably difficult to do), that would work.
- What cable should I use to go from the receiver to the amp for best/lossless sound quality? It'll be long since they are basically in the rooms farthest apart...(Receiver is in the living room, amp will be in the guest room closet)
What are you using for sources? You might think about a Sonos unit for the system instead. You can easily connect the output of the receiver (should be a fixed line output if possible) using a cat5e balun (MuxLab) for long runs.
- Will the amp automatically regulate the incoming volume? Or does changing the volume in the Zone 2 on the receiver change the volume for all the in-wall speakers too? Will I have to set the start-up volume for the Zone 2 at a certain level?
No, it won't, and yes it will change. Which is why I'd suggest direct connecting sources instead. Zone2 is great for simple, single-room zones. Feeding it into a WHA system, not as clean...