I am making progress in deciding on my approach to my whoe of house A/V distritbution, but I need some help. I am hoping the good people on here will help! First off, I am on a budget, and I believe in keeping it simple. Secondly, I am re-wiring the house anyway, so want to be sure I dont leave something out.
Current set up: my sitting room has an Onkyo NR609, various inputs via HDMI: video from a blu ray, a mini mac for streaming web based content and playing ripped movies, a digital tv box. For audio I use a Onkyo iPod dock, I have mp3 music on the mini mac, I use the Onkyo FM tuner and its internet radio. I have good wireless network in the house and use the DLNA to play music from smartphone on the Onkyo. I also use the Android app as a remote controller over DLNA.
For getting audio throughout the house side I was going to keep it simple - use the zone 2 output, wire it to another amp, and then send pairs of speaker wire from the new amp to the rooms I want audio in, using in-wall volume controllers. I know I need impedence matching (to prevent the amp) I think. I know that this limits me to same source in all "zones", but I am happy with that. I can use the Onkyo app to turn on/off zone 2, and select the source.
Question 1 - any suggestions on what I need to consider regarding specification for this new amp?
Question 2 - anything I need to guard against from a wiring perspective. Ideally then I could play same audio on Onkyo zone 1 & 2 without zone 2 having significant "delays".
I'm not nearly as clear as to what my options are regarding video. We'll probably have 5 TVs in the house when we're done. I have no real idea what the options are. I will cat5+ cable to all television points. We dont own the televisions yet so they are going to be smart TVs.
Question 3 - how can I access the content being played on a device that outputs via HDMI from different locations? The locations will be smart TVs that have wired cat5e network access. I'd need to be able to turn on a telly (a smart TV) and select the source, and be able to change the channel. I understand the limitation would be that the box in use on one smart TV could not be in use on another. I'm also happy to use the speakers on the telly, not avail of the other speakers.
Would welcome answers to my questions. I have spent quite some time on here but havent found my exact scenario, like many before me!! Thanks.