My wife and I recently purchased a house that was built in 2007 and is "wired" for the most part (speaker wires, audio & video cables run to every room).
There's an existing WHA (kinda) in that there are speakers in the following rooms:
- Living Room
- Master Bedroom
- Master Bathroom
There are control panels in both the Living Room and Master Bedroom. But it's an older system and rather limited in my opinion. Right now it looks like there's only one source selection available and volume control. Here's what the system is:http://www.3vnetco.com/digital_audio.php#
There are speakers in a downstairs family room as well speakers on the deck that all terminate in the utility room (along with all the internet and other audio/video cables as well as the equipment from the link above).
Basically, I'd like to have at least two zones (the current living room/bedroom/bathroom zone and then a family room/deck zone), but if I can get four zones that would be a bonus. I'm going to need control panels in 3 locations--living room, bedroom, and family zone.
I'm going to need these sources: Music NAS (right now a computer full of MP3s, but can put it on a dedicated NAS--namely a NetGear ReadyNAS Duo), internet music stations (primarily Spotify and Pandora--Spotify is a must and Pandora would be nice), as well as local radio stations and potentially the audio feed from TV (for football games), but that's not a must have.
So as I figure it, I need
- 3 Control panels
- 12 channel amp (I know I've only got 5 pairs of speakers, but 12 channel amps seems so much easier to find)
- At least a 2 zone controller
- Media streamer (for both current MP3 and internet radio)
- Local radio source (tuner likely--which could probably also serve as the source for TV audio(maybe))
I see that HTD has a ready made solution (Lync6), but I don't need that many controllers and I still have to solve the media streamer problem. I know people like Sonos connect, but then I'm going to have the problem of multiple remotes--one for the Sonos to select the music, and another for volume and zone control.
Is NuVo/Russound my best option for integration even though I don't need that many sources? NuVo will get me Pandora, but I don't see Spotify listed as part of their Music Port (or Elite) streamer. Same problem with Russound--gets me Pandora, but not Spotify. Sonos gets me Spotify, but then I lose integration.
Are there other options our there that would provide a integrated solution at a reasonable price ($2 - 3k)? Or am I just going to have to decide between integration and having a wider selection of internet radio stations?