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I would say you need to let the technology work for you and figure out exactly what you want and where and make a list. The type of setup you are shooting for is very complex, may require many different cable types, and you will need to be able to terminate everything, know what to connect it to so you can distribute it, and have all that gear which will be on the order of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars to do right. Good distributed audio - call it a dozen zones, needs a pre-amp source selector with remote keypads. $150 per keypad, plus several hundred for the pre-amp, plus $1,000 or more in amplifiers, plus speaker wire, plus cat-5 cable to the keypads, plus speakers in each room. Done properly with stereo speakers only makes sense, and you are at $4,000 or so just for basic distributed audio done by yourself with fairly inexpensive hardware. I'm not trying to talk you out of this, but trying to set your expectations for what you are trying to accomplish. As one of the cheapest options, look how much a single amplified Sonos player would cost you for each zone you want in your home.
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