Originally Posted by K Shep
A second glance at your equipment list would cost approx $4000, the price sheet you attached is not legible. Your desire is unrealistic to your set budget.
I'd love a Porsche 911, and I'd like to spend $40k for the 2013 model.
Have a margarita and chill ...... you don't know the whole story.
My experience with these "AV pros" -- who admittedly do some VERY high-end incredible systems ---- has been an utter disaster. I think this AV contractor often deals with pro-sports and celebrity clients who have more $$$ than brains, and they basically just make it happen --- without regard to cost. I did not choose these AV guys who were recommended by my builder. Their sales person Lisa showed me a demo in a parade house that had an absolutely awesome whole house distributed AV system with Sonos, and a nice home theater with one button power for the whole system including power screen and window shades etc .... very cool. I was told a system like that cost $30k. I told the sales person (flighty girl devoid of technical knowledge) this was way overkill for what I had envisioned. She stated they would meet with me onsite before dry-wall to go over my needs and design a plan for prewire based upon my need and would help build a budget which I stated would be more in the $10-15k range.
Unfortunately, they did not coordinate with the builder and prewire was done hurriedly just before dry-wall with NO meeting and NO discussion of what I wanted my AV system to accomplish or could afford. She had a simple understanding of what rooms had TVs, and that I wanted whole house audio. I never had the opportunity to understand what my options and associated costs would be so I could CHOOSE what I wanted. Instead I was reassured it would all work out and to not worry.
Given how they have failed on multiple occasions over several months to understand my needs and associate this with a cost, I do not wish to use them -- (lack of) trust issue for me at this point.
K-Shep--- Going to your Porsche analogy, not sure you would be happy if a salesman deflected issues of cost and let you drive your 2013 Porsche off the lot and then you saw your first payment.
Sorry for the drama (cue violins off now).
So getting back to my whole house audio needs, I have 12 speaker sets in various parts of the house, in the yard, pergola and entrance-way. I do not need to have each area zoned separately. I am Ok with having 4 zones. I understand that all speakers wired to a zone
must access same source at same volume. If I connect a speaker selector with volume controls I can modulate volume of attached speakers within a zone
. (ie Sima SSW-L6 ES http://www.simaproducts.com/products/product_detail.php?product_id=43
My basic options are:
1) two Dayton amps, 4 sonos connects (4 relatively fixed zones), and 12 sets of speakers, and speaker selector with volume control
2) six sonos connects amps (six zones) and 12 sets of speakers
Between the two basic options, Jautor, if I understood your post above, you believed the sonos connects amps would deliver more power to speakers --is that correct?