Originally Posted by AV_Integrated
Really it seems like you have local a/v sources everywhere which kind of makes everything very easy. I'm not sure why the rack is there if you are in one room, unless it is a smaller rack and just for easy access to equipment. But, this seems like a bunch of separate rooms, not at all integrated. The use of Smart Phone control will be a labor of integration love and time, which may not make much sense in a more stand alone system like this.
I think that may be why you aren't getting much response, because it doesn't seem like much in the way of distributed audio. You don't really have a single head end with everything run to that one location, and if your intent is to split everything across two head-end locations, then you will have some serious headaches in doing so because you truly will need to duplicate almost everything to make it work properly.
I've been reading and rereading this, and pondering it, and researching the topic, and I think you've hit the nail on the head!
The best I can come up with is that I'm ambivalent about centralization and unaware of its justification -- and therefore leaning towards a hybrid design.
But, I am unable to justify that position, or any position, particularly well.
Here's the sticking points:
Assume I go with a rack to hold the AVR, cable box, Sonos Connect and Bridge, wire termination patch panels, routers, xbox, wii, etc.
The rack will feed a surround speaker system and TV in the viewing room. The question is open as to whether I put on wall (in-wall or in-ceiling speakers won't work in my concrete block and concrete floor apt) speakers fed by the AVR for music in each of the other 2 rooms downstairs, or simply use Play3/5
Having those sources (and more) feed upstairs will be difficult: The floors will be connected by Cat6 and RG6QS, but nothing else -- like speaker wire; and complicated bringing control signals back.
So I'm feeling kinda stuck.