Dear AVS Experts,
I have come here for your sage advice. I'd like to think of myself as a planner and as I take delivery of my new home, this is no different regarding setting up the entire home audio!
My new home will have a total of 7 different pre-wired zones (All 5 bedrooms, kitchen/nook, living/dining room areas). That is, in-ceiling pre-wire connected to a wall plate with speaker wire and carried down to the basement with the rest of my A/V equipment. I was thinking of a standard rotary volume controller more than likely (more on that later).
First, the speaker setup, I was thinking of purchasing either the Polk R60i's or possibly the Yamaha's seen here. Note both would be in the 6.5" model. After some research I found these as both budget, yet strong performance friendly speakers. Are there any suggestions otherwise that I should also consider?
As for the setup, I was leaning towards purchasing separate Apple Airport Express devices for each zone along with their own small amps for each. The reason for this was it would provide me the flexibility to push different media to different zones. Mind you, I currently have approximately 8 iOS devices in our home which could push content via AirPlay and thought this would be most convenient. I looked into multi-zone amps however thought that would be overkill based on the price (if I recall, 4 zones was the most I saw in an amp) and felt if the receiver goes bad, my entire setup is shot. Separate budget friendly amps made more sense. Any suggestions to power the speakers mentioned above?
Lastly, am I making the most use of a pre-wired home correctly? I mentioned above about using a rotary volume controller however I have seen those multi-input selected outlets (Where you can select AM/FM/iPod/Aux for example). How exactly is that wired down in my setup to the basement and what type of amp would be used with this? I would obviously like to get the most out of my setup since the pre-wire wasn't exactly cheap but I also want the flexibility.
All comments are welcome and I will continue to read through other threads on this forum for advice. I hope to create a Visio or some type of diagram with the setup if I find some time.