I'm in the middle of designing and building a small mountain cabin, and have emerged from years of forum lurking to seek advice on my new install.
Both my wife and I listen to music almost constantly, so I wanted to design a system that lets us listen at low volumes in a big open room, so it's designed for lots of smaller speakers. I also went ahead and planned for 11.2 compatibility for a projector one day. There are also 2 outdoor zones and 1 in the bathroom. Most equipment will live in the wiring closet, feeding displays and subs over baluns as needed. Some other interesting facts about the wiring plans:
7 zones of audio (4 main room, 1 bath, 2 outdoor) + extra pair for floor standing mains (to be added later)
2x CAT6 to planned phones or desk locations
4x CAT6 + 1 RG6 to possible TV locations
4x RG6 to satellite dishes (allow for DBS and Satellite internet)
14AWG to speakers (max permitted by zone volume controls), terminated on keystone binding posts at head height (on-wall speakers)
Zone volume controls w/ integral IR repeaters (Niles)
Subs to be fed via CAT5/6 audio baluns as needed
Extra CAT6 drops in eaves for surveillance
Wiring closet fed by 2x 20A dedicated circuits, with direct ventilation
I'm specifically interested in thoughts on speaker placement and wiring so I can make adjustments before I start buying supplies (did I mention I am also the electrician on this one?). More info about equipment choices will come along later. Thanks in advance!
(Notes on reading plans: Filled triangles = speakers; Outlined triangles = data/video; Volume Controls marked "Vol"; X/Y labeling indicates #CAT6 / #RG6 at drop; Jacks "floating" in space are either floor/ceiling mounted)