Do the wires go anywhere useful? If they just end in the attic - is there a place on the upper floor where you would place equipment? Meaning a closet with a power outlet?
I do have a cabinet in my home theater room that I could put some equipment in, but strangely, where the wires come out in the attic is on the other end of the house. The attic is accessed through my daughter's room's closet, which wouldn't be a convenient place for any equipment. As such, I'm a little puzzled as to why the wires would all have ended up there. I guess maybe because that's also where some of the other electrical stuff is including a breaker box.
I probably should have specified before how we would plan to use the system. It would primarily be used as background music for parties (I'm not talking teenage dance parties), or just during the day when my wife is going about her activities. As such, I'm not looking for the best possible sound, but just want something that sounds decent at moderate volume levels. The in-ceiling speakers would probably be the best option, but I'm not much of a DIY kind of guy, and I don't really want to spend a bunch of money to get stuff professionally installed. This is one reason the wireless Sonos system was appealing--it looked like very painless setup. I'm not overly concerned about the difference between in-ceiling vs Sonos in terms of aesthetics and blending in. That said, if the better setup really would be in-ceiling wired speakers, I'm not ruling it out.
For arguments sake, let's say I'm thinking of the configuration below as option A.
Play:3 - downstairs living room / kitchen
Play:1 - screened in porch
Play:1 - upstairs living room
Play:1 - master bath
Total Cost = $950
Any suggestions on a better alternative for roughly the same money (including installation)? Again, taking into consideration that the bottom floor is prewired.