Following up on my previous thread, I just wanted to share what it is going to cost me for the following pre-wire and conduit plan as provided to me by my builder. I used all the advice that I got here, so I thought it would be best to share with everyone!
7.2 Channel setup with 4 conductor cable at each surround channel (14G) in the media room
11 network audio zones in the house (Cat5e + 4 conductor speaker cable) and 2 speaker positions in each zone. One zone has 4 speaker positions. Total 24 speakers
8 security camera locations
7 conduits (ONLY conduits, no wires) to main locations in the house (bedrooms, study, family room, game room etc.). All conduits run to a central location, but can also run wires from one room to another if needed
1 conduit for the projector in the media room
Full security system (doors, windows etc.)
All of this came out to: $3,053
Here are my questions:
1. Is this a good price?
2. I was initially planning on doing a 6 zone system with 5 subzones to save on money. However, because the wiring cost was coming out to be the same, I decided to home run the remaining 5 zones as well. I will need a different amplifier setup because of this, which is where I need some advice.
OPTION 1: Get the HTD system with 12 zones and just power each zone that way
OPTION 2: Use my future AV Controller Zone 2 line output, and connect to another stereo amp. From there, distribute to each zone using a speaker selector box. I am using polk audio inwall speakers which have a max of 100W at 8ohms. I got a great deal on them.
I am not too concerned about individual sources for each zone, but I do want to have good sound output at each location... sometimes more than just background music...