Originally Posted by killswitch1968
I was just looking at that! HTD makes good stuff? How are the iPhone/Android interfaces? I very much want to DIY and this seems perfect for that application! I'm at bit confused as to the difference between the MCA6 and MC6 + 12 Channel amp. Does the MCA6 not allow volume control per zone?
One includes integrated amplification, the other one includes external amplification.
The use of an external amplifier is something I like because amplifiers generate a fair bit of heat, and while they have gotten better over the years, they can still break down and a channel or two may fail. The stand alone amplifiers are generally larger, built more robust, and have better heat dissipation if designed properly. As well, if you have an area that needs more power, you can use a different amp to drive those speakers, or add more speakers to one area with more amplification as necessary.
By removing the amplifier from the multi-source pre-amp/control unit, you remove that point of failure from being an internal item, and from what I have seen, the most common point of failure in a distributed audio system.
If budget allows, the MC6 + amp is a better choice than the integrated all-in-one unit.
Otherwise, the all-in-one unit does volume control WITH amplification built in. The separates provide one unit for control/switching/volume, and the second box is strictly for amplification purposes.
I have not used stuff from HTD before, but the reviews have been positive. Sonos has also had solid reivews over the years, and you certainly could put multiple individual zone controllers in one spot. They don't have to be 'local' to a room, but if you want a local keypad, then you may prefer the HTD solution as it offers systems with included keypads. I'm a big fan of keypads personally along with iDevice control as I can walk into any room, press one button as I walk in/out and control the system.
Oh, and if I were to go with Sonos, then 6 'CONNECT' units plus an external amplifier would be my choice... and at $2,100 without the amplifier, it certainly will cost a fair bit more than the HTD solution.
To be fair, I have no belief that the HTD solution will provide as slick of an interface as Sonos delivers, though I have personally not seen the HTD version.