Originally Posted by roadking00
I've been reading alot on WHA and know I want to get there eventually but not sure how far I want to take it at this moment but would like to run the appropriate wires to all locations to give me plenty of options in the future for high end with keypads or just stick with the simplest multi-zone set-up with a speaker selector if I choose??
Since you'll be running wires and have access - run everything you can now per the CEA standard for WHA and you'll be set for any of the systems. You can start with simple volume controls or mobile apps, and add a full WHA system later. So home-run the speaker wires, loop them through a keypad/VC location, and run a cat5e in parallel.
My set up is as follows right now,Denon AVR-4520CI located in a hall closet/media room that's currently being used for my 7.2 set-up in my living room.Along with my BD Player, 400disc changer, sat boxes, internet modem etc.
I have my older Marantz SR7300 5.1/6.1 AVR that possibly may be able to incorporate into the mix if possible?? Not sure if it would be more of a PITA then what its worth though ??
For WHA or zones you just need a stereo setup - but an old AVR can do that job easily. The remote control of both the amp/AVR and the sources is what makes the system "usable" or not... Which is where older gear shows its age - lack of mobile apps, etc. that make it possible to browse content, provide 2-way feedback and so on...
I'm looking to have speakers in the ceiling or walls ? in the following areas when complete and know I should run home runs to each speaker right to my media closet but that's about all I know for sure right now.
Master Bedroom/bath/closet area, all going to be pretty much an open floor plan.
Kitchen / laundry room
And the backyard patio area
Home run everything, make sure there's a keypad location in each zone, too. I'll suggest skipping the hallways - unless you have a huge house and want that for entertaining - do you really want to dedicate a zone for those? IMO, hallway speakers are for commercial environments and dentists' offices...
I've read allot about stereo (2)channel speakers but can someone tell me what size room would benefit from either going that route or not ? Ive seen baths, hallways and maybe smaller rooms but nothing definitive in room size, may be getting a bit picky?? Or I can just run 4C speaker wire to all locations to play it safe.
Dual-voice-coil (DVC) speakers are stereo and need 4-conductor wire anyway. They are used for small areas where you can't place two speakers, say, 4 feet apart.
Keypads would be cool I think ? never really seen them in a home, app control from a phone would be sufficient to start with as well or just VC's in each area for now as well but I would like to have it wired for either option for the future. Would I need a Cat5 loop to all potential keypad locations or a homerun to the media closet from each location as well ??
Just a home-run from the potential keypad location back to the media closet. Doesn't need to go on to the speakers.