Originally Posted by jjall2
I'm looking for a cheap and easy way to do the following.
Those don't usually come as a set.
I don't need crazy sounding speakers, I just like to have music on throughout the house.
No one wants crazy-sounding speakers. We'd like it to sound good. Oh, wait, are you just saying that you're "not an audiophile"???
1) Family room - I want this room to have a couple sets of speakers for movie and music
Surround sound setups can be shared with whole-house audio speakers, but takes some planning and some extra equipment. You'll want a separate AVR for any surround-capable zone - none of the whole house audio systems will handle anything beyond 2-channel stereo.
1) I want to be able to have 3 zones, that each can play a different source. (Family room / kitchen 1 Zone, Office 2 Zone, bedroom and master bath 3 Zone.
Yep, that's a "whole house audio system". Start with the systems and pricing at HTD.com, also Sonos Connect:Amp, and the NuVo P100 / P3100, (check Parts-express.com or smarthome.com for the NuVo gear) to get started...
2) House is brand new construction so I have the ability to run wires easily anywhere.,
Read threads on the topic here - you should absolutely concentrate on the wiring and worry about the equipment later. Wire for keypads, even if you don't plan on using them immediately - you'll want to have option(s) later.
And think about any other possible room that you'd like to add in the future. It will never be this cheap or easy to run wires again. You don't have to expose anything, so if you never add those rooms, you don't have to stare at blank plates... Other bedrooms, dining room, back yard / patio, garage, etc.
3) Want to be able to turn on system from iphone, etc.