Originally Posted by smenzer
- I want to have central control from an iPhone or iPad, but also want to have controls available in each zone so I don't have to pull out my phone to make quick changes (like volume, next song, etc.)
- In some zones, I want guests to be able to play their own music - preferably via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but via a direct line input would suffice, too.
- I'd like to be able to have a TV show on in the family room (playing via the AVR to get surround) while cooking dinner and wanting to play the audio in the kitchen (in stereo) as well
If you want keypad controls that allow browsing of songs, you'll need to step up to a NuVo or Russound system. The HTD won't do that. I'd recommend the NuVo Grand Concerto and the MPS4 music server, but it will be a jump in price over the Lync. They will do everything on your list.
You can feed the output of a set-top box as a source to the system, so that you can hear TV audio in any zone. Just need a wire to connect them together.
Local source inputs are possible with either of those brands, plus there are other solutions.
I can start with 6 zones now if I can easily expand later by simply rewiring at central location w/o having to re-run cables - is this true? Am I better off just wiring and setting up all 11 zones immediately?
Everything will come from your central location. If you want to add 5-6 zones later, you just have to run wires for those zones. You'll need the expansion system anyway, so doing 6-8 to start is a good number.
If I put in 1 Sonos Connect today, that means I can only play one song throughout the house (which fine for now). I assume it's simply a matter of adding more Sonos Connects as inputs to the main device (the controller?) if I want to let multiple zones hear different songs - so this should be an easy upgrade later. Can you confirm?
Correct. Also look at the NuVo P3100, which has similar capabilities, but three units in one box. But neither of these has any local keypad support.
Is it possible to take a source hooked up to my AVRs for the home theaters and play those in other zones? What would the setup/wiring look like?
Any analog source can be attached to a WHA system. Easiest connection is a cat5e cable and a MuxLab RCA audio balun.
HTD is a great value, but won't get you music browsing on the keypads.
Should I run 16 or 18 gauge wire for all speakers?
16 is the recommended gauge. Don't go any smaller than that.
Can I put in a regular in-ceiling speaker in the bathroom, knowing it will get very steamy in there? Or should I get an in-wall rated for the outdoors?
I'd just use speakers that aren't paper - Kelvar / plastic cones should be fine.
Assuming I need more speakers than the amp supports, can I just piggyback the amps and use several of them?
??? You can connect two pairs of 8-ohm speakers to an amp IF the amp is 4-ohm stable. Many of them are...
How many watts per channel do you recommend for the amp given that the majority of music played throughout the house (with the exception of the home theaters) will be background music
You'll see that most WHA systems are in the 20-40 watt range...
The HTD amps look to have analog inputs - can these actually take digital input, though?
No, none of the systems take digital inputs. Analog only.