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post #1 of 3 Old 04-23-2013, 12:15 AM - Thread Starter
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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)

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After a month or two battling with the county teams, it looks like we're very close to starting work. Time for a bump.

Anyone have thoughts or warnings I should worry about on this proposed design?
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I need to understand what type of speakers you are putting in. Will they be the in ceiling type? Will they be the in-wall type? will they be cabinet type speakers?

Speaker placement depends on the type of speakers, in ceiling being the most different.

For generic help, look at these two links:

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/index.html

http://www.htd.com/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.7362/KB.2987/.f?sc=44&category=8
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